My dear friend Paul Stenhouse died yesterday (19 November) after a long illness which he had bravely held at bay for many years. He combined the sweetest nature imaginable with tremendous scholarship (he was a fluent arabist, among a great many other attainments) and deep wisdom. I came to know him first when I was at St John’s and he was a Fellow of the college. He had been Editor of Annals, Australia’s oldest continually-running Catholic journal, for half a century. Annals was in trouble financially: the last paper issue appearing just a few weeks ago was Paul’s last big effort before he died. I hope it will continue as an online publication in the hands of his many friends and admirers.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him: Heaven is sweeter and the Earth has grown a little colder. May he rest in peace.