JASPER JOTTINGS Week 09 - 2011 FEB 27    

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




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Feb 20, 2011 

POSITRACTION: The Seventeen Evidences of a Lack of Humility


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A friend posted this on her Facebook page, and it seems too good not to share. Here are some thoughts, then, on humility from the writings of Saint Josemaria Escriva:

The Seventeen Evidences of a Lack of Humility

1. To think that what one says or does is better than what others say or do

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[JR: Unfortunately, in my self-assessment, I'm "perfect". 17 for 17. A singular negative accomplishment. I remember learning that even a complete rogue serves as an example of what NOT to do. Wonder why that lesson never took. Nor got into my book. Sigh. I'm sure my fellow Jaspers will score much better. And, since the race is not yet over, maybe I can catch up. As can anyone still running! How does one justify "lack of Humility" with Jasper Pride. Don't remember that in ingineering class? Maybe one of the many I cut!]

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Feb 20, 2011

JEMAIL: Walsh, Kevin (MC1980) instructs on the “general calendar”

A little further info on my classmate’s question:

In the pre-Vatican II calendar, the feast day of St. John Baptist de La Salle was May 15, the anniversary of his being proclaimed Patron of Christian Teachers.

When the general calendar was reformed after Vatican II, his feast date was moved to April 7, since most saints are commemorated on the day of their death–the day of their entrance into eternal life. It has the rank of Memorial (which gets downgraded to Optional Memorial in Lent–and eliminated when it falls in Holy Week or the Octave of Easter). Hence, we see this commemoration in our missalettes this year for April 7, with the rank of “Optional Memorial”.

However…in the proper calendar of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, this date remains May 15, and it would be a “Proper Solemnity”. (Just like the ‘Optional Memorial” of St. Patrick on March 17 is a “Proper Solemnity” in the Archdiocese of New York.). My guess is that they opted to keep the traditional date to avoid conflicts with Holy Week and the Octave of Easter.

Kevin Walsh ’80

[JR: Wow, that's a message full. Didn't realize it was a PhD level topic. Glad I didn't take all those beating to learn 15 May for no reason at all. Only to have it change. :-) Guess it couldn't be too simple, then us fat old white guy injineers wouldn't have anything left to learn. Thanks.]

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Feb 20, 2011 

MNEWS: Dodge, Heather Rose Paulson [MCstf] weds


Paulson and Dodge
Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011 12:00 am

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Heather Rose Paulson and Samuel Barclay Dodge were married at the Mountain Meadow Inn in Helena on August 14, 2010.

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She currently works as a librarian at Manhattan College.

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Dodge, Heather Rose Paulson [MCstf]

[JR: Congrats. I love weddings. Only second to births. And, the Faculty and Staff are the "muscles" on the "bones" of the MC campus. They make Jaspers. Nice to see that some still get "married". A good example to impressionable students. Mozel Tov.]

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Feb 20, 2011 

JBLOGGER: Gallaher Peter (MC1965) has an “interesting” post


“Benedict Listens to the Lady”

Gallaher Peter (MC1965)

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Feb 20, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Theodore, Ron [MC1999] Computer Networking Professional


Theodore, Ron [MC1999]
Computer Networking Professional
Greater New York City Area
Computer Networking

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Feb 20, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Korney, Brian (MC2011) Marketing Club Dinner Dance 3/23


Looking for fellow Jaspers to attend the Marketing Club Dinner Dance!

Marketing Club will be holding its annual Dinner Dance on March 23rd. We would love to have some fellow Jaspers attend this event and network with students, faculty, and other alumni.

Please Contact me if you are interested either via linkedin or at “marketing club” in care of manhattandotedu

Brian Korney

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Korney, Brian (MC2011)

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Feb 20, 2011 

MVIDEO: Anthony Mele Lecture at Manhattan College


Anthony Mele Lecture at Manhattan College …
9 min
Recorded on February 17, 2011 using a Flip Video camcorder.

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Feb 21, 2011 

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) on rink

RE: Skating rink in VC

Dear Jasper John,

Do you ever take your ideological blinders off and think of the positive possibilities of government projects like the Van Cortlandt Park skating rink right near Manhattan College? Surely there will be talented ice skaters among future students at Manhattan who would not have had the chance to develop their inherent skills if not for the nearby rink. Think of an Olympic champion from Manhattan College and not the loss of a place for another high rise or high priced restaurant or strip joint that free enterprise might have put in its place,

Where I live private enterprise has built an ultra-modern gambling casino while downtown needs more development to put it mildly. Gambling addiction has become a major problem which the government needs to address while the public sector is already scraping for funds to keep the roads paved. Please think about the long term ramifications of your libertarian policies. I do not think you would really like the outcome.

Sincerely yours,
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

[JR: (1) Wow, when I first saw this email, I thought maybe even DMS was going to agree with me. But then, reality set in and it was not to be. (2) The problem with Socialists is they can always find the beneficiaries of their policies, but they can't, won't, or don't see those that are being penalized. Because the cost of this skating rink is divided up by millions of people, we don't see those penalized by it. I can only say "Broken Glass Fallacy". 250k$/25M NY taxpayers = a few cents each. But maybe they'd rather spend their money the way they see fit. Rather than have it extracted by force by Bloomberg for a rink that has not made economic sense in the past. (3) "Downtown development" -- could it be that high taxes make development "uneconomical". If, for example, Detroit zeroed out it's taxes and relied on fees for services, I'd bet you'd see a "gold rush" there. But, Gooferment thinks it knows best. (4) Gambling, like drug addiction, can't be "addressed" by government. Unless you let them just kill the addicts. (5) And, "paved roads" are a struggle because providing services to people is NOT what Gooferment wants to do; reward friends, punish enemies, and feather nests. Why doesn't Disney World have trouble paving its roads? (6) I'd like to try some little L libertarian policies. I think it would be great.]

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Feb 21, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Hana, Jera [MC2004] Associate at Brown Brothers Harriman


Hana, Jera [MC2004]
Associate at Brown Brothers Harriman
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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Feb 21, 2011 

JHQ: “The Arches” Learning and Living Community for MC Class of 2015


Manhattan Launching Learning and Living Community for Class of 2015

Starting in fall 2011, the future class of 2015 will have the opportunity to learn and live in a community through Manhattan College’s new program, The Arches. More than 100 new first-year students will begin their college years living together on the same floor in East Hill, taking two classes with their floor mates and exploring New York City by participating in community service and social and cultural excursions.

“I think that The Arches program will have enormous potential to engage our students and to provide for them a distinctive educational experience authentically grounded in the traditions of Lasallian Catholic higher education,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College.

As the founder of the Lasallian Christian Brothers and the patron saint of teachers, John Baptist de La Salle helped to transform education in France during the 17th century. This transformation was achieved through the development of a sustainable community of teachers manifested in the Christian Brothers community. More than 300 hundred years after the founding of the Christian Brothers, the desire for community among 21st century students remains just as important.

The Arches program at Manhattan evolved as a new way to expand a student’s four-year experience by increasing student interaction, academic and social engagement. The program facilitates student growth by fostering a community where students are encouraged to participate in such activities as team building, attending presentations by guest speakers, collaborating on assignments and other features.

To learn more about the new program, please contact the office of admissions by phone at 1-800-MC2-XCEL or e-mail admit@manhattan.edu.

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Feb 22, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Robbi, Rama [MC2010] Master’s in Civil Engineering


Robbi, Rama [MC2010]
Master’s in Civil Engineering
Des Moines, Iowa Area
Civil Engineering

Summary: Recent graduate with a master’s degree in civil engineering and three years of experience. Interacts effectively with a variety of clients. Works well independently and collaboratively to deliver results that meet/exceed expectations. Excels in conducting detailed analyses. Quickly masters new methodologies and technologies. Multilingual: English, Telugu, and Hindi.

Key strengths encompass: R&D • Strategic Planning • Project Management • Quality Control • Risk Management • Software Development

Specialties: Used Management Scientist and Lingo for Construction Management

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Feb 22, 2011 

JEMAIL: O’Sullivan, Neil (MC1990) invites Woods, Mary (MC1992) to Jottings

Hi John,

Please add Mary Woods ’92 to your jasper jottings list.

All the best,
Neil O’Sullivan ‘90

P.S.: Mary, you might want to e-mail John your maiden name.

[JR: Thanks, Neil. Much appreciated.]

O’Sullivan, Neil (MC1990)

Woods, Mary (MC1992)

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Feb 23, 2011 

JOBIT: Sheridan, Philip William Jr. [MC1949 RIP]


Philip Sheridan Jr.

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Philip William Sheridan Jr. died Feb. 21, 2011, after a very brief illness, which required a stay at the Heritage Hall facility in Agawam, Mass.

He was born in Manchester, N.H., March 18, 1923, to Philip and Elizabeth (Grady) Sheridan.

He grew up in Manchester, N.H., and attended McDonnell Grammar School and St. Joseph High School.

He completed one year at Manhattan College in New York, before joining the U.S. Air Force for World War II service. He trained as a bomber pilot and in June 1944 he went overseas to join the 8th Air Force in England. He completed 73 reconnaissance-type missions until his return to the U.S. in September 1945.

He married Marilyn E. Waring of South Hadley in June 1947.

He graduated with a degree in engineering in May, 1949.

He worked as an engineer at Tighe & Bond., working his way up to president and chief engineer, retiring in September 1995.

He was active in the Holyoke Rotary Club and the Professional Engineering Association.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn, who died in 2009 and by three children, Philip III, Robert, and Mary, who died as infants.

Family members include his sister, Jane Comer, of Manchester, N.H.; eight children: Elizabeth “Betty” Larivee of Holyoke; Diane Garcia of San Diego, Calif.; Nancy Burns of Longmeadow; Patrick Sheridan of New Bedford; Jane Merrill of Suffield, Conn.; Susan Lawson of Holyoke; Thomas Sheridan of West Springfield; Ann Shevlin of Keller, Texas; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren: nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

The funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St., Holyoke, followed by a Mass in Holy Cross Church in Holyoke at 10:30 a.m.

Burial will be in Saint Rose Cemetery, South Hadley.

Memorial donations may be made to Philip W. Sheridan–Tighe & Bond Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Springfield, MA or to Holy Cross Church, Holyoke.

Published in Union Leader on February 23, 2011


Sheridan, Philip William Jr. [MC1949 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/unionleader/guestbook.aspx?n=philip-sheridan&pid=148810920&cid=full


Feb 23, 2011 

QUADRANGLE: Website Editor’s Letter

Website Editor’s Letter
Posted: 23rd February 2011

As the website editor for the Quadrangle, I would like to take this time to apologize for the unsteady website “dilemmas” we are constantly facing. At the end of the last semester, I was informed that we would get a new website, so we transferred the semester’s beginning quad articles to www.mcquad.webs.com. Unfortunately, we never went beyond the “beta stage” since the communications department in Manhattan College offered us the privilege of having the quad articles placed on the website since they said they had enough room there.

Unfortunately, we will only be able to begin uploading at www.manhattan.edu by the end of march , fingers-crossed, so until then, we will be uploading the articles on www.mcquad.com. While we may not be able to upload pictures, videos, or audio tracks with the articles for some time, we will finally be able to take our “last journey to get a new website.”

Thank you for your constant patience,
Lesley G John
Website Editor, Quadrangle

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Feb 23, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Benoit, Lindsey [MC2004] Sr PR Mgr at Conde Nast – SELF Mag


Benoit, Lindsey [MC2004]
Senior Public Relations Manager at Conde Nast – SELF Magazine
blogger at NewYorkBusyGirl.com
Greater New York City Area

blog: http://newyorkbusygirl.com/

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Feb 24, 2011

JOBIT: Butler, James Augustine David [MC1969 RIP]


James Augustine David Butler  

BUTLER, James Augustine David Born November 21, 1947, and passed away on February 23, 2011 surrounded by his loving family, of Collingswood, NJ.

Beloved Husband of Katherine (nee Kennelly). Loving Father of Melissa (Adam) Butler, Elizabeth (Michael Jackson} Butler, Timothy (Stefanie) Butler, and Bridget (Chris) Bielicki. Cherished Poppop to Nicholas and Amanda Geiter and Lucy Bielicki. Brother to Kathy Perloff, Kelly Filo, Carey Batchelder, Shannon Rodefeld and John Butler. Uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Graduate of Christ the King, Camden Catholic, Manhattan College, and Temple University. Served for 31 years as the track coach of St. John’s in Collingswood (now Good Shepherd).

Loyal employee of INA/Cigna/Ace Insurance Company, working as a systems analyst for 37 years. Noted wit, avid puzzler, great hand holder.

He will be missed by many. Relatives and friends are invited to meet Friday evening from 6:00 to 9:00pm and again Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30am at the CRERAN FUNERAL HOME 400 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated 11:00am at St. John’s Church, 809 Park Ave. Collingswood, NJ. Interment to be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jim’s name to the charity of your choice. www.creranfh.com

Published in Courier-Post on February 24, 2011


Butler, James Augustine David [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/courierpostonline/guestbook.aspx?n=james-butler&pid=148834875&cid=full


Dear John,

   I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1969.

   May He Rest In Peace!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Butler, James Augustine David [MC1969 RIP]

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Feb 24, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Magiera, Norm [MC1974] Eng Sales + Marketing at AWC, Inc.


Magiera, Norm [MC1974]
Engineering Sales + Marketing at AWC, Inc.
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area
Industrial Automation

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Feb 25, 2011 

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) cites an article about the shot

Dear John,

   There is a nice piece in today’s (2/24/11) NY Daily News about the Freshman (Michael Alvarado) that made THE shot to win the game the other night. It is on Page 36.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Manhattan Jaspers hoopster Michael Alvarado is hotshot on YouTube
Thursday, February 24th 2011, 4:00 AM

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With two seconds to go and his team down by two points, Manhattan College guard Michael Alvarado let fly a shot toward the basket, 65 feet away. It banked off the backboard, went in – and gave the Jaspers a one-point win at Marist College, sparking a wild on-court celebration and thrusting Alvarado and his team into a lasting digital spotlight.

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Feb 25, 2011 

MFOUND: MC runners inspire


Interview with Michael Benson (’80) – Part 1:
Posted on February 24, 2011

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No doubt, the passing down of stories and exploits, from one class to the next. Athletes and personalities I aspired to emulate, for their accomplishments not necessarily their character, were Rich Smith, Paul Timony, Mike Manna, Ricky and Jim Handshuch, Sean Breslin, Ed Mathers, Chris Likes, Ken Koerner, Ray Roncin, Pierre Souchet, Glen Livingston; all teammates at South. Others included John Regan of Point Pleasant Beach HS, Guy Emmons of Marlboro, Steve Thompson of Brick, Sal Vega of West New York, Buck Logan of Bernardsville, Chris Person of Plainfield, Dick Caton of Woodbury, Carlton Young of Central HS in Phila, PA, Aubrey McKithen and his quartet from Trenton Central, a Mile Relay team from Asbury Park and the storied teams of Roselle Catholic, Essex Catholic and Boys & Girls HS of New York. And from the college ranks; ‘Pre’, Rudy Chappa, Jeff Nelson and Alberto Salazar at Oregon, Marty Liquori, Eamonn Coughlan, Mark Belger and Don Paige at Villanova, Joe Savage, Mike Keogh, Sam Summerville, Bill Krohn, Marty Ludwikowski, Pat Peterson and Luis Ostolozaga at Manhattan College.

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Feb 25, 2011 

JNEWS: Egan, John [MC1984] interview


Finance & Insurance
2/25/2011 7:00:00 AM
A Closer Look: John Egan

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• About: John Egan has served as vice president of investor relations for Principal Financial Group Inc. for almost a year, beginning in that position on April 12, 2010. Prior to joining Principal, he was vice president of investor relations for New York-based Assurant Inc.

• Education: Bachelor of arts in accounting, Manhattan College; Master of Business Administration, St. John’s University.

• Family: He and his wife, Barbara, have three daughters: Caroline, 13; Haley, 11; and Grace, 7.

• Age: 49

BY JOE GARDYASZ Senior Staff Writer

Where are you from originally?

My family is from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). I grew up in Queens and got my undergraduate degree in accounting from Manhattan College and worked in Manhattan.

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Egan, John [MC1984]


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Feb 25, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Baughman, Madison [MC2008] Asst to Designer at Lorraine Schwartz Inc


Baughman, Madison [MC2008]
Assistant to Designer at Lorraine Schwartz Inc
Greater New York City Area

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Feb 26, 2011 

MFOUND: Biography of Barry Rohrssen


What would you like to know?

You asked: biography of Barry Rohrssen
Barry Rohrssen was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 24th 1960. Rohrssen graduated from Manhattan College. His current occupation is head coach.

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[JR: Sorry, "True Knowledge", wrong. At least I think you're wrong. I'll search the GOJASPERS website for a bio.]

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Rohrssen played as an undergraduate at St. Francis (N.Y.) from 1981-83, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in business management in 1983. He also played in the Catholic High School Athletic Association at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn and is a member of the school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

[JR: So once again, a lesson to take all "facts" on the inet with a large grain of NaCl! Somewhere Brother Austin Barry is laughing.]

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Feb 26, 2011 

JHQ: Opinions about the final directions for a brand platform and visual identity

Lasallian Brand

As was the case in Phase 1, stakeholders are provided with the opportunity to engage in the brand development process online during Phase 2 of the Lasallian Education Brand Initiative for the U.S./Toronto Region. Please encourage your network to share the survey link and share their opinions about the final directions for a brand platform and visual identity.

Lasallian Education Brand Initiative Survey


[JR: Suggest all alums participate. Crowds are wiser than individuals. Usually, unless its a crowd of politicians and bureaucrats!]

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Feb 26, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Adoptante, Shanie [MC2006] Office Asst at Pathway Capital Mgmt


Adoptante, Shanie [MC2006]
Office Assistant at Pathway Capital Management
Greater Los Angeles Area
Marketing and Advertising

Summary: Well organized, problem solver, internet savvy and an excellent facilitator and scheduler. Pays meticulous attention to detail, a team player with a pitch in attitude and strong oral and written communication skills. Conversational in Tagalog, familiarity with Spanish & French. Dependable, thick skinned and quick learner that adapts well to new situations. Works well under pressure. Willing to travel.

Specialties: administration, adobe photodeluxe, adobe photoshop, brochure design, ceo, customer relations, editing, event management, human resources, ibm, imaging, inventory management, macintosh, marketing, materials management, microsoft excel, microsoft mail, microsoft outlook, microsoft windows xp, microsoft word, office management, online marketing, public relations, research, rfp, scheduling, spreadsheets, telephone skills, travel arrangements, web site production

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Feb 26, 2011

ENDNOTE: Vatican instructed US bishop to withhold. Unacceptable!


Vatican official instructed US bishop to withhold files of troubled priest
February 07, 2011

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In 1984, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy wrote to an American bishop, instructing him not to hand over personnel files in the case of a priest who had been accused of misconduct.

The letter is being cited as new evidence that the Vatican had a policy of encouraging bishops to withhold evidence of priestly misconduct. In January, the release of a 1997 letter to Irish bishops from the apostolic nuncio in Dublin prompted similar outcries.

The letter, from Cardinal Silvio Oddi to Bishop Manuel Moreno of Tucson, Arizona, has been made public on the BishopAccountability web site. The correspondence involved the case of a Tucson priest whose name has been redacted from the correspondence because, BishopAccountability explains, his misconduct involved consensual activity with a female adult (as well as other misbehavior) rather than abuse of a child.

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However, the newly disclosed letter adds to the mounting evidence that many Vatican officials were adamant in their belief that bishops should not allow such disclosure. “The files of a bishop concerning his priests are altogether private; their forced acquisition by civil authority would be an intolerable attack upon the free exercise of religion in the United States,” Cardinal Oddi explains.

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[JR: This is exactly the type of stuff that puts the Church with one foot in a bucket in its fight to protect the people from the abuses of "The King". Hard to be "Zorro" when you are literally screwing the parishioners. And, then the cover up. It's always the cover up. Who knew what and when. If I was a bishop -- like that is ever going to happen -- I'd hire a "Special Master" to go thru the archives under my control. I'd want to know what was in there that I would NOT want to see in the hands of Wikileaks. And, then I'd release it to the public. No time like the present to get out and in front of the problem. And, I'd have a policy that strips anyone of their buttons before they go in front of my figurative "firing squad". Trust has to be earned.]

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