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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Semper Fi

Please keep in your prayers the repose of the soul of Major Gerald Bloomfield II, USMC, cousin of one of our Ave Maria School of Law classmates, who was killed today when the helicopter he was flying was shot down near Ramadi, Iraq. For more information about Major Bloomfield, including a video news clip, click here.

It is no coincidence that Major Bloomfield died on November 2d. Please read the post below this one, and the first comment therein, and pray with particularity for the soul of this fallen hero during the octave of All Souls!

Requiesat in Pace

UPDATE: The thought that al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the murders of Maj. Bloomfield and his co-pilot should not surprise me, but it has. Once again, this band of murderous thugs has touched my life and those of my friends in a profoundly personal manner. I'm also surprised because my nightly news has been telling me for years now that the Iraq war has nothing to do with al Qaeda. So my question is this: did al Qaeda come to Iraq just to shoot Maj. Bloomfield down? No matter how that question is answered, the fact remains that there is an enemy out there determined to harm us, our brothers and sisters, cousins and friends. That enemy brought this conflict to our shores, and we have returned the favor. Pray for the repose of the soul of Maj. Bloomfield and the 2035+ other heroes who have given their lives in the effort.