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From the book, first page:

Five of us took the New York Central from Chicago to Cincinnati in August, 1950, arriving with hours to spare before our 6 p.m. novitiate-arrival deadline. Our destination was suburban Milford, 15 miles east of the city. Killing time, we cabbed it at one point. One of us wanted to buy a fielder’s glove. We asked the cabbie where we could find a sporting goods place. He picked up on the sporting part and was about to suggest a brothel. We cut him short smilingly. Athletic goods, yes. Sexual athletics, no.

From the book, last page:

On my last night, Brichetto and I and two or three others had a good hour or so chatting in the kitchen over a beer.  As we broke up, he commented that this is how we Jesuits should get together with each other, referring to our relaxed camaraderie.

Next morning after breakfast, five or six gathered at the loading dock to say goodbye to me.  My rental car was waiting, compliments of the Xavier U. minister, who also gave me $400 for the pocket.  I was good to go, as people say.  As we stood there, joshing briefly, Brichetto, who was not one I’d told of my leaving, passed the area and looked out at me from some 75 feet away, me in civvies and obviously on my way.  We caught each other’s eye.  He had a slightly bewildered look I had never seen on him—like Jesus being led away by Roman soldiers, looking at Peter, who had denied him.

Way in the back of my head, it was occurring to me that I was betraying him.  I wondered momentarily, how many others? The feeling disappeared and did not return.  I was off to my new life, simultaneously apprehensive and exhilarated.

Elevated to the red, these cardinals go purple prose

As this fellow sights and cites.

In addition to the outright abominations put forth in the Synod’s already infamous Midterm Report, there are numerous flowery, and ultimately meaningless, musings such as the following:

The Gospel of the family, while it shines in the witness of many families who live coherently their fidelity to the sacrament, with their mature fruits of authentic daily sanctity must also nurture those seeds that are yet to mature, and must care for those trees that have dried up and wish not to be neglected.

The only way I can think to classify this particular style of writing, knowing that it emanated from an all-male committee of clerics, is to say that it is nothing more than pseudosacral homopoetic prose; an especially annoying symptom of the undeniable feminization of the Church Militant that began at Vatican II.

It’s the cardinals’ clerks that done it, but the cards signed off on it. Oh boy.

Twenty-seventh Sunday, pep talk from our favorite apostle to the gentiles

Buck up, says Paul:

Reading 2 phil 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Your strategy:

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.

Think happy thoughts? Not quite. No one ever accused him of pollyannish behavior. But look. It makes sense to accentuate the positive, especially when you’re on the brink of feeling sorry for yourself and losing heart:

Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.

That’s it. The God of peace be with you, and with your spirit too.

About Company Man

It's available as Kindle.
And it has two excellent endorsements::
“I couldn’t stop reading. Spent a whole afternoon and then some
racing thru it, putting aside another writing deadline. Loved
reading about some Chicagoans I have known and admired,
including Jack Egan and Frank Bonnike.”
    – Robert Blair Kaiser, author, Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis Is Changing the Church and the World
“Jim Bowman’s vivid account of his eighteen years in the
Society of Jesus during the 1950s and 1960s is also a picture of
the American Jesuits in transition. Readers who lament what
happened to the Jesuits will find Bowman’s memoir moving
and ultimately sad. In the end, he found his way as writer,
journalist, and family man; the Jesuits, God love them, remain
in transit to a destination yet unknown.”

Jesuit priest defends Israel in pages of ‘America’ magazine | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views

Jesuit priest defends Israel in pages of ‘America’ magazine | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views.

The Rev. John J. Conley, S.J., who holds the Knott Chair in Philosophy and Theology at Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, Md), has written a somewhat surprising—but welcome, in my estimation—piece, titled “For Israel”, in America about the constant, one-sided attacks on Israel. And by “attacks,” I’m not referring to Hamas rockets and bombs, but the typical MSM reports and Ivory Tower rants and rages.

He writes:

Several months ago I received an email marked urgent from one of the professional organizations to which I belong. Addressed to “Concerned Faculty Member,” the missive urged me to sign a statement promising that I would not teach, lecture or offer any other assistance to any school located in Israel. It instructed me to participate in the campaign to boycott, divest in and sanction Israel (B.D.S.) on the grounds that Israel was an apartheid state engaged in war crimes and human rights violations against Palestinians.

And so on. Instead, he asks:

Why was Israel being singled out for such condemnation? Was its treatment of religious minorities less tolerant than that practiced by its neighbor Saudi Arabia? Did it fail to match the high human rights standards set by the chemical-weapons-using regime of neighboring Syria? Was the occupation of the West Bank more brutal than the longstanding illegal annexation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China? Why weren’t Concerned Philosophers flooding our business meetings with motions to boycott Saudi Arabia or Syria or China? Why was Israel—and Israel alone these days—singled out for such bitter excoriation?

He even has a refutation of give-peace-a-chance arguments, citing Hamas’ hardest of hard lines which make it impossible to negotiate short of consenting to the destruction of Israel.


Fr. Charley Conroy under fire

Just ran across this June, 1988 Chi Trib obit for Charley Conroy, who appears in Company Man as a priest at Loyola Academy in the late ’50s, a couple years before he entered the Army as a chaplain, where he performed heroically.

A memorial mass for Lt. Col. Charles A. Conroy, 62, a Catholic priest, highly decorated Army chaplain and native of the Rogers Park neighborhood, will be said at 7:30 p.m. Monday in St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 6559 N. Glenwood Ave.

“He was the single most-decorated chaplain on active duty in the Army“

at the time he retired in 1984, said Father Conroy`s longtime friend, Jack Long.

Among Father Conroy`s many decorations were the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He also was a master parachutist with 15 air medals and 3,310 jumps, Long said.

In the Dominican Republic in 1965, for “conspicuous gallantry“ under fire “with complete disregard of his own life“ he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.

In Viet Nam in 1967,when stranded in Viet Cong territory, he suffered “facial burns and temporary loss of sight in his right eye,” telling a friend he’d “got off real easy with a grenade shrapnel wound and a slight concussion. Oh, yeah. Two ribs were broken.“