JASPER JOTTINGS Week 41 - 2009 October 11

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Found ticket; get the boot


A Found Ticket Story
14 September 2009
By John Robison

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About a year and a half ago, my then 81-year-old father was at a riverboat casino in Indiana. He saw a ticket sticking out of a dollar machine and, assuming it was for an odd amount less than a dollar, took it. No one was at the machine, nor was anyone saving the machine for someone. Dad even commented jokingly to a security guard standing a couple feet away that it was his lucky day. The guard just smiled.

When dad sat down at his next machine and put the ticket in it turned out it was for $100. About 15-20 minutes later another security person approached my dad and asked him to come with her. She walked dad all the way out of the boat and up the ramp into what amounted to a little closet, where she proceeded to tell him what he did was theft and that they could a) have him arrested, or b) ban him for life from the casino, but that she would be nice and just kick him out for the day.

Of course my dad was nervous and scared even though he did nothing wrong. Luckily my brother came along as they were making dad leave. He was told he could stay but dad had to go.

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I would think it would be finders keepers!

So what do you do if it has more zeros? 10,000? 1,000,000?

So what do you do if it has less? 10? 1? .10?

Are ethics situational?

If you keep any one of them, then — as the old joke says — we’re just discussing price.

Hope all my challenges are “right sized”. But I would like to win a million.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Oct 4 2009 12:37 PM

JEmail: Apoldo, Lou (MC1963) redefines PETA


Lou Apoldo commented on your status:

“John, I enjoyed your Curmudgeon Endnote in this week’s Jottings about the folks from PETA. I think everyone should become a member of the new PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals!”

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[JR: Well, after Curmudgeon retired, I just filled in my little L libertarian worldview. I don't think I'm as "edgy" as he was. I'm always looking for a replacement?]

Apoldo, Lou (MC1963)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Oct 4 2009 1:37 PM

MObit: Apgar, George W. [MCatnd]


George W. Apgar (1918-2009)

George W. Apgar 1918-2009 SOUTH HADLEY – George W. Apgar of East St. died Friday, October 2, 2009. He was born in New York, NY, February 19, 1919, son of the late Grover C. and Catherine (Dwyer) Apgar. He was educated in the New York schools, attended Manhattan College, and served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army in WWII. He founded Apgar Contractors, Inc. in 1977, where he worked until his retirement.

He enjoyed family camping, fishing and sailing, traveling, including trips to his mother’s birthplace, Ireland and to Florida. He loved to dance, he sang with the Springfield Symphony, played bridge fearlessly, and in his later years wrote poetry. He was a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.

He leaves his wife of 66 years, Eleanor (O’Reilly) Apgar, daughters Jean C. Langevin of Springfield and E. Mary Apgar of Hadley, sons William M. Apgar and his wife Cynthia of Medway and George W. Apgar, Jr. and his wife Ingrid of South Hadley, ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends especially at Hubert Place. His daughter Anne P. Apgar predeceased him in 1999.

George’s funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Ryder Funeral Home, 33 Lamb St., South Hadley followed by burial in Evergreen Cemetery, South Hadley. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the South Hadley Council on Aging, 45 Dayton St., South Hadley, MA 01075. RYDER FUNERAL HOME 533-1735

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Apgar, George W. [MCatnd] [JR: Attendees recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers".]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/yaq3rmn

[JR: We know that the Depression and WW2 disrupted lives. A 66 year marriage sounds "Jasper-ish" to me. And, any one who rooted for the Dodgers couldn't be too bad.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Oct 4 2009 3:37 PM

JBlogger: Phelps, Stephen (MC1968) comments on CBS and Edwards


Edward R. Murrow is rolling in his grave.

I wrote this to CBS News this morning. “In your story on religion this morning you presented the despicable charlatan John Edward wholly uncritically, giving him a platform for his continued larceny as if he is an authority of some kind — instead of a lying, thieving fraud who preys on others’ grief. No rational, critical mind could fail to see his obvious “cold reading” (and probable warm reading) in his performance, yet you don’t even mention the evidence that has been amassed against him. This is “news”? No. It’s an embarrassing dereliction of duty on your part. Shame on you.” See, for example, http://www.csicop.org/si/show/john_edward_hustling_the_bereaved/ and http://www.re-quest.net/entertainment/movies-and-tv/tv/john-edward/

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Phelps, Stephen (MC1968)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Oct 4 2009 5:57 PM

JHQ: Multi School Alumni Job Fair 12/8

From Bernadette Blocker via LinkedIn

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Save the Date – Multi School Alumni Job Fair!

Save the Date!!! We will be participating in a Multi School Alumni Job Fair which will be hosted at the St. John’s University- Queens Campus on Tuesday, December 8th. Details to follow…

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    * Posted on: Mon, Oct 5 2009 6:08 AM

JFound: “TheYank” [MC????] and the Angelus


An American in Ireland (& anywhere else he goes)
When the bells tolled for me
  Posted by TheYank at 10/3/2009 1:18 PM EDT

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Whenever the Angelus comes up for public discussion I’m reminded of my introduction to it. I was raised in a Catholic house, went to Mass every Sunday (still do), but I’d never heard of the Angelus before I turned up in Ireland in 1985 following my junior year in college. I had no idea that Catholic churches rang their bells at noon and 6pm and that the bells were a signal to Catholics to say the prayers of the Angelus. I never heard the ‘Bells of the Angelus’ in Clifton Park, NY or at Manhattan College in the Bronx.

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“TheYank” [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Oct 5 2009 7:31 PM

JBlogger: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) Review: Find Your Strongest Life


Review: Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham
from MC1986 pattigibbons.com by patti
Find Your Strongest Life

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I found the self-examination useful, and can see why Buckingham has gained popularity from his books and workshops. If you are in a place of dissatisfaction with life, this book would be a useful method for discovering why and what life changes may put you on track to being more satisfied, and more happy with the life you choose.

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Gibbons, Patti (MC1986)

[JR: Interesting topic.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Oct 5 2009 10:14 PM

JHQ: Basketball Season Preview 10/8

2009-2010 Basketball Season Preview


Coach Barry Rohrssen, Men’s Basketball and

Coach John Olenowski, Women’s Basketball

Thursday, October 8, 2009

6:30 p.m.

Alumni Room, 1st Floor of the O’Malley Library

$20 per person (includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Oct 6 2009 4:18 PM

MFound: Nasty joke


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brklynmarkbrklynmark on 10/03/2009

What has nine arms and sucks? Manhattan College Basketball

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[JR: Those with DIGG ids may wish to bury this. Most of the news stories and comments I have seen have been very positive. Hopefully, the team's success will be the rebuttal. But, MC is not a "jock shop". There are other things more important. I'd sentence this idiot to watch "RUDY" every day for a year.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Oct 7 2009 8:24 AM

JFound: Bechtle, Sr. Regina [MC1968] receive the Seton Medal 10/14


Mount Honors Bechtle With Seton Medal
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sister Regina Bechtle will receive the Seton Medal on October 14.

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The College of Mount St. Joseph will honor Regina Bechtle, SC, Ph.D., with the 2009 St. Elizabeth Seton Medal on Wednesday, October 14, in the Mater Dei Chapel at noon. Sister Regina will then present a lecture titled “Harvesting Wisdom: Theological Abundance in St. Elizabeth Seton’s Story.” A reception will be held immediately following the lecture.

Sister Regina serves as the charism resource director for the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of New York, a congregation she has been a member of since 1962. She previously served on the congregation’s leadership council and as director of the Center for Leadership and Spirituality. In academia she has held such positions as resident scholar at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Collegeville, Minn., and assistant professor of theology at Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll, N.Y.

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Sister Regina is an active member of numerous organizations including the Catholic Theological Society of America and the History of Women Religious Network. She also serves on the advisory board of the Vincentian Studies Institute. Sister Regina holds doctorate and master’s degrees from Fordham University, and a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College.

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Bechtle, Sr. Regina [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Sister received her degree in 1968.


Bechtle, Sr. Regina [MC1968]

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JNews: Korn, Henry Jr. [MC???? RIP] Westchester Sports HOF today


October 7, 2009
Loucks heads to hall with Conlon, Herbst, Korn
Tony Olivero
For The Journal News

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Joining Dean Loucks in this year’s induction class are Marty Conlon, Robert Herbst and Henry Korn.

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Robert Herbst, an attorney who lives in Larchmont, is a world-champion powerlifter.

He won his 14th consecutive national power-lifting title earlier this year. He has 22 national titles, 11 world titles, and seven world records. He also coaches myriad youth sports, is a Platinum Award winner in the President’s Fitness Challenge, and raised $10,000 for tsunami relief, and went to Sri Lanka to distribute the funds himself.

Korn was a shot put world record-holder who starred at Stepinac and Manhattan College. The Tarrytown native will be honored posthumously.

While at Stepinac, he set the shot put meet record at the Bishop Loughlin Indoor World Games, and then went to Manhattan where he became the indoor world record holder.

The Westchester Sports Hall of Fame program is sponsored by Con Edison, in cooperation with the Westchester Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Korn, Henry Jr. [MC???? RIP]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Oct 7 2009 8:58 AM

MFound: Guzda, Jackie [MCfac?] MC Video


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Manhattan College Video

Welcome to our blog!

My Manhattan College, NYC, media writing and production students are engaged in creating 5 minute news feature pieces that will shed light upon some social issue. We will be creating these pieces with the input of students from both the University of Denver, Haifa University, and whoever else joins us upon the way. Not only are we sharing information, but also media that will be part of the videos, as well. Everyone is welcome to be part of these projects as they develop and finally see the light of broadcast.

Larissa (U. of Denver), Rivka (U. of Haifa) — hope to hear from you and your students soon!

Jackie Guzda
Manhattan College

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[JR: Identification help, please.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 8 2009 7:13 AM

JFound: Horbel, Doug [MC????] speaks on 10/27



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Evening Networking: “Understanding and Dealing with Procrastination”

Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Career Place, Woburn
Registration: Call the Library at 781-932-5518
Cost: $15/lifetime Membership

Learn what procrastination is and what it isn’t. During this workshop we will explore where, when and why so many of us continue to do this. How to manage it more effectively. What are some of the more novel approaches to overcoming it. Presenter Doug Horbel has provided outplacement, career management and life coaching support to individuals in a broad spectrum of professions and industries. He has guided clients from diverse backgrounds to take charge of their careers, strategize their direction and produce effective action. Doug holds a BBA from Manhattan College, NY, and is a CTI Certified Professional Coach.

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Horbel, Doug [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 8 2009 7:19 AM

JNews: Durney, Gerard [MC1981] Bon Secours Charity Health System


Gerard Durney Accepts Position With Bon Secours
October 07, 2009
by Sean Ruck, Editor-In-Chief

After serving at Lenox Hill Hospital in various management capacities for nearly 10 years, including his most recent position as Vice President of Clinical Services, Gerard Durney has announced his departure from Lenox Hill and his move to Bon Secours Charity Health System, located in Suffern, NY. He will be joining former Lenox Hill executives including, most notably, Terry O’Brien who now serves as CEO for Bon Secours. Durney will serve as the Senior Vice President of Ancillary Services, bringing his more than 30 years of health care experience with him when he starts next week.

Durney began his career in health care in 1977 and stepped into his first management role in 1980. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and an MBA in finance from Wagner College. He is also an American Healthcare Radiology Administrators Fellow.

“I’ve always liked science and technology and I grew up with the desire to help others, so when you put those two things together, health care is a perfect fit,” he explained when asked why he chose this career. “Every day, there’s a new challenge and new solutions, no two days are the same, so it’s always interesting,” he added.

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Durney, Gerard [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Gerard is a member of the Class of 1981.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Durney, Gerard [MC1981]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 8 2009 7:25 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Oct 9 2009 8:02 PM

JHQ: October 2009 NEWSLETTER


October 2009 NEWSLETTER

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    * Posted on: Fri, Oct 9 2009 8:05 AM

JObit: Saltarelli, Rev. Michael [MC1975 RIP]


Posted on Thu, Oct. 8, 2009
Former Wilmington bishop Saltarelli dies at 77
The Associated Press

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WILMINGTON, Del. – The Most Rev. Michael Saltarelli, the former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has died.

The Diocese of Wilmington said 77-year-old Saltarelli died early Thursday from cancer. Diocesan spokesman Bob Krebs says it began as bone cancer and spread.

Saltarelli served as bishop of the diocese, which includes Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, until last year.

Saltarelli was born in Jersey City, N.J., and studied at Seton Hall University, Immaculate Conception Seminary and Manhattan College. He was ordained in 1960 and worked in New Jersey until he was appointed bishop of Wilmington in 1995.

In accordance with church law, Saltarelli offered his resignation when he turned 75 and the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly was installed as bishop in September 2008.

The diocese says Saltarelli’s body will be taken to St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington on Monday, where it will lie in state and two Masses will be conducted.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington.

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Bishop Saltarelli received a MA from the College in ’75

Thomas A. McCarthy

[JR: Thanks, Thomas. Much appreciated.]

Saltarelli, Rev. Michael [MC1975 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Oct 9 2009 7:04 PM

JFound: “runnergod” [MC1999]


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Beat The GMAT Forum Index → Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant


Just gettin’ started!
Joined: 09 Oct 2009
Age 32
Undergrad: Manhattan College, 1999
Major: Accounting
GPA: 3.1
Extracurricular activities: 4 year Division I athlete. More specifically I was a distance runner, meaning I competed year round (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track) as opposed to a soccer player who only competes for one season.

Work Experience:
3.5 years at a Big 4 Accounting Firm
1 year at an Alternative Investment Fund in a sales role.
2 years as a forensic accounting consultant
3 years a a CMBS (commercial mortgage backed securities) analyst at a rating agency.

CPA (Certified Public Accountant)

Triathlete (Ironman finisher)

GMAT: Have not taken official exam. However I believe I will be in the high 600’s based on practice exams.

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[JR: OK, readers, we now play identify the "secret Jasper". I have no idea. But you might. There's no hiding on the inet.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Oct 10 2009 8:02 AM

JOY: Ceriello, Christopher [MC????] weds


Amy Barabas, Christopher Ceriello
Published: October 9, 2009

Amy Elizabeth Barabas and Christopher Gerard Ceriello were married Saturday at Our Lady of the Isle Church in Shelter Island, N.Y. The Rev. Peter DeSanctis, a Roman Catholic priest, performed the ceremony.

Mrs. Ceriello, 33, is a legal analyst at Bloomberg, the financial information and news service in New York. She manages the insurance law group. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown and received a law degree from Cornell.

She is the daughter of Anne Daly Barabas and Dr. Paul A. Barabas of Allendale, N.J. The bride’s father is a periodontist in private practice in Ridgewood, N.J. Her mother coordinates billing and insurance for her husband’s office.

Mr. Ceriello, 41, is the chief executive of Certified Electrical Inspections in Amityville, N.Y. He graduated from Manhattan College and received a law degree from St. John’s University.

He is a son of Anthony Nicholas Ceriello of Farmingdale, N.Y., and the late Kathleen Theresa Ceriello. The bridegroom’s mother was a bookkeeper at Ceriello Electric, a contracting firm in Amityville that his father, now retired, founded. The bridegroom operates the business.

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Ceriello, Christopher [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Oct 10 2009 8:13 AM

ENDNOTE: The Church is losing the flock; has lost.


Holy mess: 11 million Irish Americans leave Catholic Church
By Niall O’Dowd
Published Friday, September 25, 2009, 7:35 AM
Updated Friday, September 25, 2009, 10:13 AM

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A new survey shows 34 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, say they have no religion.

Even more significant is that one-third of those, about 11 million people, are Irish Americans.

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We can only surmise the reasons for this, but I have some definite ideas. Think church sex scandals.

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Why are so many Irish Catholics leaving the faith? The obvious reason to me is the church sex scandals. They disproportionately affected Irish Catholics and most of the abusers we read about were Irish Catholic priests.

Certainly, based on evidence from Ireland where hundreds of thousands have fled the church and vocations have plummeted after the church scandals there, America with a similar experience is unlikely to be any different.

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[JR: I apologize for the length of this endnote and the tone. But I really got my shorts into a knot.]

We are in the Age of Secular Progressivism. The New Age. The Culture of Death has taken over.

The Church sex scandals are certainly a factor. BUT not the only one.

The “Government’s” desire to reign supreme was another factor. Personally, I beleive that the “Government”, and it’s lacky “liberal” secular progressive socialist media allowed, the Church to fall. It deliberately turned a blind eye to the sex scandal as it was developing. Allowed it to worsen and fester. Like an untreated wound. In a deliberate attempt to kill the one entity that though out the ages has opposed “the King”. And, given aid and comfort to the serfs while rallying the “revolutionaries”. So the government failed to protect the people and their abused children, deliberately and cynically, to kill a rival for the people’s affection and loyalty. The Church was a rival. It had to die.

The Church leadership’s desire to be close to the wealthy politicians was another factor. Look at all the Catholic In Name Only (CINO) politicians — Ted Kennedy, for one giant example. He went over to the Secular Progressives and abortion in the early Seventies. (See his early writing on the Right To Life.) Yet, the Bishops never called him out on it. I beleive they did it for the “power” and money he represented. Look at John Kennedy, the First Irish Catholic President? What a joke. The morals of an alley cat. But was never called out by the Church. And, on and on. CINO Politician after CINO politician was never called on the carpet. Nancy Pelosi deliberately mis-states the Church on abortion and she gets a private hand slap. The Church leadership embraced what they supposedly opposed. And, that lie, the lip service, the mockery, the pharisaicalness destroyed the loyalty of the people to the Church.

Another factor, the Church “allowed” the government’s “public education”. The Government, like all totalitarian regimes, wanted to indoctrinate the young. Horace Mann brought the Prussian model to the USA to make cannon fodder and factory workers. Note that the elite NEVER send their children to “public schools”. The Church should have fought and died on that particular “hill”. By surrendering education to the Government, they were dead any way. It should have been litigated by all the great Catholic lawyers on Constitutional grounds, on Freedom of Religion basis.

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