Category Archives: COMMENT

COMMENT: Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC1960 RIP] will me 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!

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Nov-12 @ 22:06  

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

Wilmore, Margaret A. [MC1960 RIP]

# – # – # – # – # 2017-Nov-13 @ 12:35


COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) about priestly celibacy


RE: the ENDNOTE on monasteries closing

*** begin quote ***

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?

*** end quote ***

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)

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Nov-06 @ 21:32  

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 ]

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Oct-31 @ 10:42   

COMMENT: Cooney, Robert M. (MC1969) on Pannell


Cooney, Robert M. (MC1969) commented on JEMAIL: Abate, Bob (MC1981) shares
about Pannell, Tyrone[MC1964 RIP]
I ran track at the Prep when Ty was at the College. I saw him win the IC4A hurdles at MSG in a tremendous diving finish and then run up to Coach Eastman who was in the stands and hug him. Eastman was crippled by a back problem and the scene was touching. Ty had a car and gave me a lift to practice once which was a real thrill. He was a class act and his death was a shock.

# – # – # – # – # 

[JR: Makes me sad when I think what waste all the wars we send young women and men to die it. Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! Everyone is just ignoring the obvious. Dona Nobis Pacem.]  

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Oct-28 @ 13:02  

COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) questions the endnote


Re – endnote

In last week’s endnote you said”End “Roe v Wade” and all other Gooferment interventions into “health”…..”

So does this mean women would then be free to choose what they wish to do with their bodies or does this mean that states or Congress would then be able to legislate what women must allow to happen to their bodies – regardless of their own wishes…?

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

# – # – # – # – # 

[JR: Well, I’m not “king”, but imho the Federal Gooferment should do a “don’t ask; don’t tell”. Women should be free to manage themselves without the “help” of politicians and bureaucrats. Abortion is tragic national disaster. And, it’s only been made worse by the Gooferment sticking its nose in. I don’t want to pay for anything — welfare, abortions, or “health”. And, I don’t want to “hurt people or steal their stuff”. ]  

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Oct-23 @ 16:25  

COMMENT: Pistone, Dominick [MC1965] sought


RE: Pistone, Dominick [MC1965] Attorney in Richmond Hill, NY

Joan Dolan

Hi Dom, Happy to see you are active and still working! Enjoy retirement when you decide to make the leap. Love the memories Joan

# – # – # – # – # 

[JR: People don’t understand.]  

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Oct-19 @ 16:26  

COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) comment on a Quad story


Hi John!  Happy “Winter’s ‘Roun’ Th’ Corner!”

Ahh wellll…  I had a comment on one of the stories in the Quadrangle, but evidently the comment period had closed in the five hours since the previous comment had been published and emailed.  ::sigh::  Ever since Trump got elected my timing’s been off (Heh, my nieces are blaming everything from the national debt to the milk going bad in the fridge on Trump so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon.  LOL!)

In any event, I figured I’d at least share it here, re the story at: about the police having been called to deal with the crowd of students hanging around outside MC’s bars…


Strange.  There was never a problem with students hanging around outside the local bars when I was a student at Manhattan in the 1970s although they were usually packed to the walls inside (The Pinewood and Greenleaf at that point in history.)  

I wonder what on earth could have possibly changed?

Michael J. McFadden, Peace Studies, 1973

Meanwhile, as I look forward to winter, I’m trying to remember: Just HOW did we ever walk down the steps from Overlook to the Engineering Building the morning after a snowstorm?

# – # – #

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

[JR: As an injineer, I just never left the building. At least that is what I told everyone. Some would say I never left the bar to go INTO the building.]  

# – # – # – # – #  2017-Sep-23 @ 16:54