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To: FreedomWarrior; Siobhan; american colleen; sinkspur; Aliska; Lady In Blue; Salvation; Polycarp; ...
It's going to be a long time before we get used to the idea that 343 of them lost their lives that day. Or rather gave them. Those 343--they were mostly tough Catholic men with soft hearts from the outer boroughs. They were Italians and Irish and Poles and Puerto Ricans, and they lined up for absolution, received a blessing and ran into the buildings lugging their gear. Their funerals were at Our Lady Queen of Peace, and St. Rose of Lima Church.

I just caught an interview with Peggy Noonan on EWTN. According to Peggy, 90% of those who gave their lives were catholic.

Say what you will against the Catholic Church, but no other religion fosters this same sense of duty and honor in service to others. This applies to the military, as well. 90% gave their lives, selflishly, so that others might live. 90%

20 posted on 09/06/2002 6:20:24 PM PDT by NYer
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90% of those who gave their lives were Catholic.

I never read that before but I knew it.

24 posted on 09/06/2002 7:30:06 PM PDT by saradippity
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"Say what you will against the Catholic Church, but no other religion fosters this same sense of duty and honor in service to others. This applies to the military, as well. 90% gave their lives, selflishly, so that others might live. 90%


20 posted on 9/6/02 6:20 PM Pacific by NYer"

Amen!
26 posted on 09/06/2002 7:32:02 PM PDT by EODGUY
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Do you mean The World Over? I saw it (and plan on taping the replay). I believe it was Bill Donohue who said it was 85-90% of the firemen and police who were Catholic vs. 40-45% of the general population of NYC who are Catholic. Peggy did mention the 90% figure and spoke about how everyone knows it, but noone explicitly mentions it. She also mentioned the Catholic funerals going on for several months.
27 posted on 09/06/2002 7:32:03 PM PDT by ELS
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90% of those who gave their lives were Catholic.

I never read that before but I knew it.

28 posted on 09/06/2002 7:32:17 PM PDT by saradippity
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"I just caught an interview with Peggy Noonan on EWTN. According to Peggy, 90% of those who gave their lives were catholic.

Say what you will against the Catholic Church, but no other religion fosters this same sense of duty and honor in service to others. This applies to the military, as well. 90% gave their lives, selflishly, so that others might live. 90%!

This little factoid makes my heart swell with pride. God bless each and every one of these souls. May they enjoy forever the Beatific Vision. Bittersweet joy here...

41 posted on 09/08/2002 11:40:43 AM PDT by redhead
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Off the top of my head. but I seem to recall that 40% of the men in combat arms during WWII were RC. This in a day when 20% of the general population was Catholic.
42 posted on 09/08/2002 7:31:39 PM PDT by RobbyS
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