A couple of ""blithe hearted"" gentlemen -- Dan Herr and Joel Wells -- collaborated in editing Blithe Spirits, an anthology of Catholic humor. The result is a delightful collection of stories, poems, essays and sketches absolutely guaranteed to make even the most dour of pastors -- or parishioners -- smile, chuckle and laugh out loud. Twenty five celebrated authors are represented here including Edwin O'Connor, Phyllis McGinley, Sean O'Faolain, Frank O'Connor, Jean Kerr, Bruce Marshall, Mary Lavin, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Evelyn Waugh and Lucile Hasley. One is hard put to choose the funniest selection, but this reviewer is inclined to think it might be Cornelia Otis Skinner's unforgettable account of a Papal Audience in ""Family Blessing"". The editors insist that the one thing that will bring Catholics out fighting -- with rosaries flying -- is to insinuate that they have no sense of humor. Blithe Spirits lays this charge to rest forever in just 220 pages of sheer fun.