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Remembering Msgr. William H. Shannon

May 9th, 2012, Promulgated by benanderson

As reported by the Catholic Courier (and in our combox), Msgr. William H. Shannon died this past Sunday morning. Bishop Clark used his weekly column to remember his friend.

His work — like that of every good teacher — puts me in touch with and helps me to learn from my own experience. Bill also in his commitment to this work reinforces in me the deep conviction that every day that we live — no matter the number of our years — is a call to new life. If you have a chance to read this book — and I hope that you will — I believe that his sense of life’s daily richness will touch you deeply.

We should certainly pray for his soul and I in no way intend to judge the man, however I think it’s only right to put out a caution if you decide to read his works. You can read about particular areas of concern in a couple articles by James Likoudis:



side note: my now deceased grandfather’s name was also William [Charles] Shannon. He was a farmer and a feed salesman. He wasn’t a Catholic, but was from about the same generation. Please say a prayer for the monsignor and if you feel so inclined, please say one for my grandfather as well.


5 Responses to “Remembering Msgr. William H. Shannon”

  1. avatar Raymond F. Rice says:


  2. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    Homily for the Funeral of Msgr. William H. Shannon

    By Rev. Charles E. Curran/Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values
    at Southern Methodist University

    Bill lamented the trajectory in our Church moving away from Vatican II. He was especially upset by the growing centralization in the Church that de-emphasized the role of the local church, the failure to recognize the role of the sensus fidelium, and the inferior role of women in the Church. But as a true pilgrim, he faithfully worked in every way to carry on the work of reform in the Church.

    Rev. Charles E. Curran also referred to God at least twice in the feminine sense.

    Sounds like Msgr. Shannon was a type-2 Catholic.

  3. avatar Dr. K says:

    Somehow I’m not surprised that the Rev. Curran took advantage of Msgr. Shannon’s funeral Mass to deliver political commentary on the Church.

  4. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    sounds like that’s how Msgr. Shannon would’ve wanted it.

  5. avatar Dr. K says:

    Sadly, that’s probably correct.

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