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Remembering Father Mychal Judge, NYC Fire Chaplain
December 22nd, 2004 | self

Posted on 12/22/2004 5:48:25 AM PST by M. Espinola

Remembering Father Mychal Judge, NYC Fire Chaplain

"Lord, take me where you want me to go;

Let me meet who you want me to meet;

Tell me what you want me to say

And keep me out of your way."


It was about 8:50 a.m. on September 11th when word reached West 31st Street about the tragedy in lower Manhattan. The thick, black smoke was already billowing skyward. At Engine Co. 1/Ladder Co. 24, the firefighters climbed into their gear and headed downtown.

Across the street at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Mychal Judge did the same.

Father Brian Carroll, O.F.M., went up to Father Judge's room to inform him that a plane had just crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers. Father Carroll recalls that Father Judge quickly took off his Franciscan habit, changed into his chaplain's uniform -- paused to comb and spray his hair-- and headed for the door.

The trip from the firehouse to the friars' residence is maybe two dozen steps. It was a trip that Father Mike--as he was known among both the homeless and the famous--made many times since becoming FDNY chaplain in 1992.

This morning, as thousands of New Yorkers ran for their lives toward midtown, Judge jumped in his Fire Department car. With firefighter Michael Weinberg at the wheel and the siren wailing, they sped downtown toward the World Trade Center.

He arrived at the burning 110-story towers, where Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani spotted him.

"Mayor Giuliani recalls that they were both down there very early in the event and the mayor saw him run by with the firemen," says Father Michael Duffy. "Giuliani says he grabbed his arm and stopped the friar, saying, 'Mychal, please pray for us.' And Mychal just looked at him with a big grin and said, 'I always do!' And then he turned and ran off with his firefighters, right to the tower, and that's where he died."

There were conflicting early reports of the exact circumstances of Father Judge's death. Cassian Miles, O.F.M., communications director for the Holy Name Province, confirmed with the fire department battalion leader on-site at the World Trade Center that Mychal indeed was anointing a firefighter and the woman who had fallen on the firefighter.

The priest, a bottle of holy water in hand, went to work. Within minutes, he was tending to Danny Suhr, a 16-year Fire Department veteran killed by a body falling from the north tower.

Father Judge removed his helmet to begin the last rites. His prayers ended when he was mortally wounded by a falling chunk of debris. Father Judge's body, according to Father Miles, revealed severe injury to the back of the head…

"You know what I want for Christmas? You know what I really want? Absolutely nothing! I have everything in the world."

"Stay out of tomorrow. God hasn't created it yet."

Father Mychal



TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 911; chaplain; fathermychal; mychaljudge; nyc; worldtradecenter

1 posted on 12/22/2004 5:48:25 AM PST by M. Espinola
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To: M. Espinola
Good article.

Let us also remember Free Republic's own BCM.


2 posted on 12/22/2004 5:51:57 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (I'm here because I'm not all there.)
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To: M. Espinola

Ping


3 posted on 12/22/2004 5:52:01 AM PST by goodform
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To: watsonfellow

Well, let's ask him about it. Oh, we can't. He's dead.


5 posted on 12/22/2004 7:00:37 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: M. Espinola

**"Stay out of tomorrow. God hasn't created it yet."

Father Mychal**

Good quote!


6 posted on 12/22/2004 7:01:14 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: watsonfellow

Hate the sin.
Love the sinner.


7 posted on 12/22/2004 7:02:20 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: watsonfellow

Post one piece of evidence about Mycah Judge being a pedophile or stfu.


8 posted on 12/22/2004 7:03:45 AM PST by wtc911 ("I would like at least to know his name.")
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To: watsonfellow
Alas, Fr. Judge was a notorious homosexual who was quite active in the gay/pedophile community of New York City..

This is a slanderous falsehood, and you know it. You've been reported for abuse.

9 posted on 12/22/2004 7:05:00 AM PST by sinkspur ("How dare you presume to tell God what He cannot do" God Himself)
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To: sinkspur
Slanderous falsehood eh?

What part?

I see the moderator pulled my original post, which I think was hasty, and so I shall back it up with some proof.

Google Fr. Judge and you will see that he was quite a prominent figure in the NYC gay community.

This is simply fact.

Perhaps, I should not have written that he was a pedophile, since I heard this information from a lawyer connected to the Archdiocese of New York a few years ago, and as such it is second hand information. For this, I apologize. At the same time, be prepared in the next few months for a lawsuit to be filed against the Archdiocese claiming that Fr. Judge did indeed molest several Catholic youths.

10 posted on 12/22/2004 7:12:55 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: watsonfellow
It hardly matters now....but in a few months when the details of Fr. Judge's "ministry" comes out, I shall be vindicated and you all shall be the fools.

Regards!

11 posted on 12/22/2004 7:14:02 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: wtc911
I am not sure what a stfu is......in regards to Fr. Judge, I will tell you to watch for an article in the NY Sun and the Post in Jan/Feb (around Chinese New Year) about Fr. Judge's extracurriculur activities.

I am not sure why I am being called on the carpet....in point of fact, I implore you and others to do research yourself and discover the truth.

I am in Singapore and am totally unconnected to this story other than my friends who work for the NY Archdiocese and the office of the District Attorney in Manhattan......I expect come Jan/Feb. to recieve your apology in my freep mail. I shall of course endeavor to forgive you. Pace.

12 posted on 12/22/2004 7:22:17 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: watsonfellow
At the same time, be prepared in the next few months for a lawsuit to be filed against the Archdiocese claiming that Fr. Judge did indeed molest several Catholic youths.

I will bet you $1,000 that no such lawsuit is ever filed.

What "proof" have you provided other than hearsay, and a bunch of after-the-fact stuff from the gay community trying to claim Judge as one of their own?

You should stay away from this.

13 posted on 12/22/2004 7:30:38 AM PST by sinkspur ("How dare you presume to tell God what He cannot do" God Himself)
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To: watsonfellow
I expect come Jan/Feb. to recieve your apology in my freep mail. I shall of course endeavor to forgive you. Pace.

______________________________________________

You declare a dead man to be a pedophile and then look to forgive me....arrogant little cluck aren't you.

14 posted on 12/22/2004 7:32:29 AM PST by wtc911 ("I would like at least to know his name.")
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To: wtc911
First there were two arguments that I made.

The first, that Fr. Judge was a gay activist. This is pretty clear. He marched in Dignity Parades, every eulogist claimed that he was gay, and his own writings attested to this. Do the research and you will come to the same conclusion. Fr. Judge was not only "homosexual" but he was an activist, intent on subverting Church doctrine on this issue.

The second argumet, upon reflection, I realize I should have not made. You are all right. The information I have recieved about a pending case against Fr. Judge was private and will not be verifiable until Jan/Feb. I jumped the gun and should not expect anyone on this board to trust me or believe me. For this, I apologize. While I am certain that events will bear witness to the veracity of my accusation against Fr. Judge, I should not have made this claim. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

15 posted on 12/22/2004 7:48:18 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: watsonfellow

I wanted to forward this lovely tribute to someone I know who could get it to some of Fr. Judges's surviving family members. Can't do it now thanks to your vicious and unsubstantiated comments.

God love you and Merry Christmas.


16 posted on 12/22/2004 7:49:10 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"...Let us also remember Free Republic's own BCM...."

Also, not only remember BCM, but all the souls that fell prey to the senseless actions of others that day. Keep those sent to right a grievous wrong in your prayers this and every day.
17 posted on 12/22/2004 7:55:17 AM PST by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT, PURE AND SIMPLE!!!!! IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

C'est la vie. The truth shall set you free. Perhaps, in the future, you should plan to create your tributes in places other than a very public and very contentious Conservative posting board. I make no claim to know where Fr. Judge currently is, indeed he may very well be singing with the Angels right now, but it is clear that while on this earth, he was no Saint and did his best to subvert Church doctrine.....a subversion that takes even more import given his clerical status. Merry Christmas to you and yours!


18 posted on 12/22/2004 8:22:33 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: watsonfellow
I am not sure what a stfu is......

Why does that not surprise me...

A hint for the uninformed and bigoted, such as yourself: the first word is "shut", the second is "the", and the last one is "up"...

Since you are all-righteous and feel like you need to pass judgment on the dead--and in a tribute thread, no less--I'm sure you can figure out what the "f" is...even in Singapore.

19 posted on 12/22/2004 8:25:52 AM PST by Christian4Bush ("You do what you got to do because it needs to get done." Tony Heigaard, U.S. Army)
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To: Christian4Bush
uninformed and bigoted?

Let's parse that for a moment shall we?

Uninformed. So Fr. Judge was not a gay activist who set out to deliberately undermine the Church's doctrine on sexuality?

Bigoted. Well, under your definition of bigoted, then I join in the company of the Holy Father and the President who I assume you voted for in November. Really, this is the kind of logic one would expect from a Daily Koser. Very, very interesting. Your language is also very peculiar, considering your self-identification as a "Christian"....Who's being self-righteous now?

20 posted on 12/22/2004 8:35:17 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: Christian4Bush
"To friends, he was known as a gay man who appreciated the Gay USA show and celebrated the city's "gorgeous men" by saying, "Isn't God wonderful?" When his close friend, gay activist Brendan Fay, started a St. Patrick's parade in Queens last year that included gay groups, Judge helped him fund it and showed up in his brown friar's robe to put the church on the side of the oppressed, even as Catholic officialdom was urging a boycott. He frequently donated clothes to the Out of the Closet Thrift Shop for gay and AIDS causes on East 81st Street. He was a longtime member of Dignity, the gay Catholic group. In recent years, he came out to many of those he loved, including Fire Commissioner Tom Von Essen, who warmly accepted him.

Village Voice, September. 19-25, 2001.

21 posted on 12/22/2004 8:41:01 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: watsonfellow

Whatever his shortcomings or sins, Fr. Judge died heroically on September 11, 2001 in the line of duty as a chaplain for the New York Fire Department. I won't speculate as to his eternal state, but he should be remembered and honored by the living for his courage, as should the other firemen, policemen, and EMT personnel who died that day.


22 posted on 12/22/2004 8:52:40 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: watsonfellow
Your language is also very peculiar, considering your self-identification as a "Christian"....Who's being self-righteous now?

Did you ever consider...that....hmmm...the "Christian" in my post name...could be...my...oh, I don't know...

NAME?

And as for the "self-righteous" part...I don't feel the need to "out" dead priests' sexual preference, as you do. It just doesn't rank high on my list of things to do in a day. The fact that it does for you, speaks more about you than it does about me.

23 posted on 12/22/2004 8:57:06 AM PST by Christian4Bush ("Keep on advancing...whether we have to go over, under or through the enemy." Patton)
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To: Wallace T.

I guess my problem with Fr. Judge is this. It's not really that he was "gay" etc....but that he worked to tear down Catholic Doctrine of Sexuality......I think the destruction of this doctrine has lead to great evil in the world, promoscuity, the devaluing of life, abortion, std's, the breakdown of family life, divorce, etc.........so for me, his actions on Sept. 11th do not outweigh his destructive actions in taking up the priesthood and then working from the inside to destroy the Church. I feel very strongly on this issue. I believe a man should be remembered the totality of his life, not just the last part. Certainly forgiveness and redemption is an essential part of life and we should not hesitate to extend love and compassion, but it is clear that what Fr. Judge advocated and lived was very dangerous and destructive.


24 posted on 12/22/2004 8:58:48 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: Christian4Bush
Sorry about the name mixup!

I am hardly "outing" Fr. Judge....indeed try googling him and every single article you will read about him will prominently include these words "gay activist."

Pssst...by the way, I think Elton John may be a little light in the loafers as well! har har har

25 posted on 12/22/2004 9:00:23 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: watsonfellow

A little advice, "watsonfellow", if you can receive it.

I live in America. I work for a living. As such, I don't have all day to do research on priests who died in the line of duty (giving last rites to those killed in a terrorist attach), to see what their sexual orientation was.

He's dead. Whatever judgement happened to him (or didn't happen) is/was up to the Ultimate "Judge", and that's that.

I'm interested to see that you find people's choice of sexual orientation funny...or perhaps the "har har har" at the end of your last post to me, was a hurried attempt to spell "Hark" three times, but you were so anxious to tell me who else you found out was homosexual and famous, you forgot to add the "k" all three times.

It's just my opinion. I don't need to google him. I don't need to condemn him, nor do I want to do so. I guess you do. Welcome to the arena of free speech...and I freely disagree with you.


26 posted on 12/22/2004 9:12:08 AM PST by Christian4Bush ("Keep on advancing...whether we have to go over, under or through the enemy." Patton)
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To: Wallace T.; watsonfellow
Wallace--- I agree with you and I don't think we have to speculate about the whereabouts of Mycah Judge's soul. I was raised Roman Catholic and was taught that there is no greater love than that shown by giving up your life in service to others. This is how Fr. Judge died. I am certain God took him home. We should all die as well as he did.

Watson--- You wrote that you knowledge of Judge's pedophilia comes from a "second hand" source, an attorney connected somehow to the Diocese. It seems to me that this source is more removed than second hand (unless he was a witness). It also occurs to me that, if in fact he is an attorney with Church connections, he is a remarkably untrustworthy individual to be discussing these assertions with you (or anyone), especially given your desire to let the world know what you "know" about this dead man.

27 posted on 12/22/2004 9:13:10 AM PST by wtc911 ("I would like at least to know his name.")
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To: Christian4Bush

attach==attack

From last rant


28 posted on 12/22/2004 9:13:21 AM PST by Christian4Bush ("Keep on advancing...whether we have to go over, under or through the enemy." Patton)
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To: watsonfellow; Christian4Bush; sinkspur
A 9/11 Hijacking: How 'Gay' Activists Smeared Father Mychal Judge
29 posted on 12/22/2004 10:28:48 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: gubamyster

Thanks, gubamyster. Now THIS is what I call an informed post (link).

I see you sent a copy of this to He Who Lives Under a Bridge...or is that where trolls live?


30 posted on 12/22/2004 10:53:00 AM PST by Christian4Bush ("Keep on advancing...whether we have to go over, under or through the enemy." Patton)
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To: sinkspur
Who is the sob who posted that trash about Father Mychal?

I would like to know the name of the low life.

The man gave his life assisting a fellow fireman on America's darkest day equal with Pearl Harbor, yet there is always some sick, demented schmuck which must attack such a saint & hero of man.

31 posted on 12/23/2004 4:35:15 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Thank you for posting your comments regarding Father Mychal.


32 posted on 12/23/2004 4:37:26 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: watsonfellow
I am the guy who posted the tribute to Father Mychal.

If someone like you, yea, even you, was near death after Islamic terrorists attacked America, Father Mychal would have reached out to assist you, even you, if it meant losing his own life in the process, 'watsonfellow'.

33 posted on 12/23/2004 4:46:21 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: watsonfellow
Read #29.

You shoved both feet in your mouth with your blather on this thread.

34 posted on 12/23/2004 5:42:29 AM PST by sinkspur ("How dare you presume to tell God what He cannot do" God Himself)
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To: sinkspur; watsonfellow
You shoved both feet in your mouth with your blather on this thread.

And spoiled an otherwise touching tribute.

35 posted on 12/23/2004 10:54:42 AM PST by jmc813 (J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS)
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To: Wallace T.

I agree with that statement.


36 posted on 01/01/2005 9:29:33 AM PST by tuckrdout (I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack me at once.)
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