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COMMENT: Bryk, William (MC1977) on the Vietnam War


During the Vietnam War, my mother, who has gone on to join the majority, offered to arrange for me to leave the United States to join relatives in Canada.  I told her that I could not do that.  I didn’t want to be killed in a war I believed unjust.  I also could not abandon my country. I could not have looked myself in the mirror if I left others to do the dirty work. After I made that decision, I received my number in the draft.  It was somewhere in the 300s.  I would not have been called up.  Sheer luck.

Bryk, William (MC1977)

[JR: I was drafted but “volunteered” for the Air Force. I was a conflicted “child” (in understanding; not age) at the time but knew that this (undeclared) “war” was just a disaster. Luck of the draw left me in Maryland; a lot of good people were not so “lucky”. I know that the “casualties” extended to entire families thanks to Agent Orange and who know what else. Now in my “old age”, I just want to bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now!  Unfortunately no one listens to the vets. Have yet to meet one who supports our current foreign policy. Dona Nobis Pacem]  

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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) “tubes everywhichwaybutup”


John, your closure this week was well-stated: “Death is a natural process. And, ‘we’ have made it an expensive and terrible process. So sad.”

It is increasingly common for people to fill out “Living Wills” that specify what measures hospitals should take to prolong their lives.  These directives focus mainly on intensive revival and sustaining of life at points where one would otherwise die very quickly.  But perhaps more thought should be given to advance planning for when one is simply gravely ill and all medical indications are that, no matter what measures are taken as you are in intensive care with tubes everywhichwaybutup you are still about 99% certain not to see another year as you lie there or perhaps even another month or week.  While it should certainly be an option to change one’s mind at such points, if one has previously thought about and discussed the option with family it’s possible that a good many people would say, “Just send me home, back to my own bedroom, with my loved ones near me in the place I’ve lived.”

It should certainly be a choice, and it’s an important enough choice that people should be encouraged to put some thought into it ahead of time.

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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COMMENT: Smith, Frank [MC1972] sees the the conundrum differently


Frank MacGabhann commented on COMMENT: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) disagrees on my conundrum

2017-Dec-03 John, Regarding your “Positration: $28 baby saver”—I don’t believe it’s a conundrum because an aborted …

And if that “soul to be aborted” was to be a serial killer, a second Hitler or peaderastic priest, what then?

Frank Smith 1972

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[JR: Hmm, which is more likely? More good folks than bad? I bet that the good is more likely than the bad. But what do I know. I’m fat old white guy retired injineer who’s a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income.]  

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COMMENT: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) disagrees on my conundrum



Regarding your “Positration: $28 baby saver”—I don’t believe it’s a conundrum because an aborted fetus is not a “baby.” I hope you and your family have a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018.

Ken Jablon ‘62

[JR: So can we agree to disagree agreeably? What if that “thing”, that was aborted, was the soul that was supposed to cure cancer, bring about world peace, or just the deciding vote for something important. I’m a pro-choice pro-life little L libertarian so I can believe, at conception, it’s a human being. That doesn’t mean I want the Gooferment legalizing / outlawing abortion, subsidizing abortion with my  stolen wealth in taxes, or propagandizing or proselytizing abortion around the globe. This should be an intensely personal decision between people with their medical professionals. Like the “death penalty”, it’s irreversible. I do think that many “pro-lifers” don’t recognize the needs after the baby is born.]  

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COMMENT: Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC1960 RIP] will be missed


RE: Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC???? RIP]

Thank you … …

Message from Darrell Wilmore,

….. for your condolences for my Aunt Mag. She passed the same day as her oldest brother, James. My Father, Donald is currently under hospice care & is living in his final days. Aunt Mag & I were very connected spiritually, we talked often until she was unable to reciprocate. I will miss her dearly!

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC1960 RIP]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) about priestly celibacy


RE: the ENDNOTE on monasteries closing

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There was a surge of American GIs joining monasteries after the end of the Second World War, seeking solace and refuge in a violent and increasingly complicated world. It was at this time that the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity, a Trappist monastery in the town of Huntsville in Utah, was founded, and at its peak it housed 84 monks. Some 70 years later, only a handful of elderly men remain, and without a younger generation to continue the legacy, the monastery has been forced to close its doors. This poignant short film from RadioWest quietly observes the monastery’s last moments, as the elderly monks commence their final, sparsely attended service and pack their bags for an uncertain future.

And so ends an era. I was lucky to be taught by some of those returning GIs. Although I didn’t think so at the time. Is this the fate of Holy Mother Church?

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1. I think a good (now deceased) friend was one of those monks for a while in the 50’s – 60’s. He was eventually a great contributor to our Church as a husband, father, teacher and university prof…

2. It could be the fate of our Church if the leadership – below Francis – won’t read the “signs of the times”. The discipline of priestly celibacy was only introduced in the second millennium of the church – and only in response to property inheritance questions. We could easily allow married priests to keep parishes open and the Eucharist available to many more. Indeed, Pope Francis has invited episcopal conferences to ask for the OK. Why won’t the bishops step-up?

Our pastor, this week, said he could easily pick out 20 or 30 guys in our congregation who could be priests. Of course, he also said, that he could find another 20 or 30 who weren’t males who could also fit the bill…. There’s a fair amount of historical evidence that women presided at home “churches” in early Christianity. It is time for the hierarchy to start expanding their horizons (listening to the Spirit??) to see our church throught the 21st century!

Thanks for all you do as CIC and keeping this forum open!

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) finds orange Halloween trees only commercialization


1. I only find orange Halloween trees symbols of merchandisers desire to sell more stuff. Don’t see it as any attempt to attack the religious meaning of Christmas – any more than any other commercialization.

2 To continue the discussion from last week about the Gov (oof) ernment staying out of health care

On the subject of abortion – the Supreme Court did not stick the goverment’s nose IN – it said to the governments – state and federal – BUTT OUT – let women decide what’s rght for their bodies. I hope we could agree that this is a good thing. Catholics should be free to try to respectfully persuade others to the Catholic POV about life/conception – but no one should be able to use the power of the state to coerce others into behaviors that conform to their beliefs.

[JR: We agree about “respectfully persuade”. Unfortunately, the original Gooferment intrusion to “ban” and the “seven in funny costumes” intrude to “legalize” just continues the polarization, politicization, and escalation. I fail to find Constitutional justification for MOST of what the Gooferment does. People should be left alone to solve problems. The one size fits all use of force by Gooferment only makes it worse. Dona Nobis Pacem ]

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