It's being reported that Zippy Catholic has died. Killed, apparently, in a bicycling accident. That is devastatingly sad. Zippy was a big name in the Catholic blogosphere when I first entered the realm. He could be snarky, and at times cold. But that was his approach to debate. He was also honest and fair, and though willing to call out the sins of the past, never used this to hide the sins of the present. Beyond that, he had a heart of gold, and a charity that went beyond how one voted, to how one actually lived.
Once, Zippy was made aware of our dire straights in terms of finances. Our van had just gone out the window (again), and we had no way of getting it fixed. We had exhausted every charitable act by that time, and were running on fumes. With no van, we would have no way for our whole family to go anywhere together.
In stepped Zippy. Without so much as a backward glance, he raised a stunning amount that all but fixed it up for the last time, and with so much money, that it was completely repaired and is still chugging along even today, almost ten years later. That's what being a good Christian is all about.
Beyond what Mark points out about Zippy's opposition to torture, he was also a staunch critic of the modern Left, including stopping by to criticize certain instances of Mark's obvious move in that direction. That often resulted in Zippy being the brunt of slander and accusations all too common in Mark's comments section. So it wasn't just torture that he stood against. His final foray I saw was in defense of Christendom College, which was under assault for being a wicked, sexist, male dominated culture of misogyny and rape. He rightly saw the same evils in such a witch hunt mentality that he saw in the acceptance of torture as a valid form of defense.
Truly he was one who didn't simply flow with the prevailing currents, or merely oppose them because they were the prevailing currents. He tried, from all I could see, to apply the teachings of the Faith to the new and the old as he saw it.
Prayers for him and his family. God's peace and strength during this time. Peace to his friends, including Mark, and all who somehow benefited from his wisdom and insights.