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John R Mcgann

May 19, 1987
Times staff writer James Gerstenzang describes (May 10) the muted occasion of William J. Casey's funeral turning "into a debate over the very issues that engaged Casey's professional life--from his days in the Office of Strategic Services, the World War II spy operation, through his stewardship of the CIA." Some of us, however much we regretted the opportunity afforded by the tragic loss of "a keen, bold intelligence, allied to a forceful personality," had to applaud the belated emergence of such a debate--not, I think, accurately described as over the issues, but rather over the long persistent assumptions, ends and directions of American foreign policy.
May 10, 1987 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
With President Reagan and former President Richard M. Nixon sitting in a front pew, the Roman Catholic bishop conducting the funeral of former CIA Director William J. Casey said Saturday that Casey's belief in the moral strength of the Administration's policies kept the late spymaster from understanding "the ethical questions raised" by his church. The Most Rev. John R. McGann, bishop of the Rockville Centre (N.Y.
November 18, 1987 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The nation's Catholic bishops Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an annual parish collection to rescue religious orders, especially those with a high ratio of aged nuns, which are faced with a retirement-fund shortfall of more than $2.5 billion. "It's a matter of justice, not merely one of charity," urged one bishop at the annual meeting of U.S. bishops. While setting no money goals, the heads of dioceses approved, 156 to 10, a plan to start sometime next year an annual collection for 10 years.
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