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In this memorial and tribute, Paul Stenhouse—priest, scholar, longtime editor of Annals—has, as Auden said of Yeats, become his admirers. There are many of these, including his brothers and sisters in the religious life; eminent novelists, including Piers Paul Read; journalists, including Greg Sheridan; academics, including Michael Wilding; one art historian, in Giles Auty; one former Prime Minister, in Tony Abbott; and one Cardinal Archbishop, in George Pell. It’s a fascinating mix of contributors that reminds me of what James Joyce said (with an equal mixture of affection and apprehension) of the Catholic Church: “Here comes everybody!” Stenhouse was not…

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