Monday, October 10, 2005

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You....

Thomas Monaghan Features
A Tom Monaghan Production
Of a Tom Monaghan Play
Written by Tom Monaghan
Directed by Tom Monaghan
Produced by Tom Monaghan
A Tom Monaghan Adaptation
Of a Tom Monaghan Idea
(No, Really, He Thought of This First. I'm Serious)
Tom Monaghan proudly presents

A Man for All Seasons

Fr. Joseph Woolsey
Bernard Dobranski Duke of Norfolk
Naples, ............ Anne Boleyn
Board of Bishops
Judge James St. John Fisher
Founding of Aragon
And introducing
Charlie Rice Sir Thomas More

King Henry cannot be faithful to the promises he made to his Queen, Catherine, and is consumed by lust for Anne Boleyn. More, the most respected scholar in the land, is urged by Henry's henchmen to support his divorce from Catherine, but More refuses. When all the bishops but one go along with Henry, More is put to the test to protect Catherine's honor. Surrounded and pressured by powerful, self-interested, and deceitful men, More must be loyal to his conscience, even at the cost of his own head.

Memorable Quotes:
Henry VIII: I'll have no opposition. We're moving to Naples and I'll have NO OPPOSITION!
Henry VIII: I chose the right man for AMU chancellor!
Duke of Norfolk: I don't know whether the term limits were lawful or not but dammit, Thomas look at these names! Why can't you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!
Thomas More: I think that when Board Members forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their law school by a short route to chaos.
Thomas More: Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Naples?


At 7:59 PM, Blogger SGF said...

Here's another quote as spoken by Norfolk in the original:

"Goddammit,man, it's disproportionate!"

I guess you can say it's kind of funny or satirical to compare the current goings on at AMSOL to the heresy and campaign of executions committed by Henry VIII. But the reason this post might be considered funny or clever by some is because the people involved at the law school parallel the characters from the play in some way.

To that end, I think comparing Fr. Orsi to Cardinal Wolsey is, indeed, disproportionate, and out of line. Fr. Orsi has ministered to the whole community at AMSOL with great love and devotion. People on every side of this dispute have received his prayers, and have received Communion side by side at his daily Mass. I have not been to the law school in a few years, and have not seen first hand the degree to which conditions have deteriorated. But I do remember from first hand experience the tireless devotion with which Fr. Orsi served every one at the law school.

Wolsey was a self serving, servile patsy for the King. Anyone leveling those sorts of charges against Fr. Orsi had better be prepared to defend himself against charges being an ingrate who is prone to engage in inappropriate humor.

At 8:41 PM, Blogger NO man said...

I agree with everything you had to say about Fr. Orsi and his character up to a few weeks ago. I was up at the law school for the fifth year "celebration" (if only it was that). Fr. Orsi gave a very political homily where he addressed the recent "crisis" and made it known that if you weren't on board with Monaghan, then you were prideful, and just plain wrong. He also referred to Dean Dobranski as "the best bishop I've ever had". The Dean was also a man I highly respected up until this time- but it appears that he has been seduced by the economic prospects of Monaghan and Naples. Witness how he either misled or lied to the reporter in the first Wanderer story about not having any knowledge of a plan to get rid of Rice. Unfortunately, he admitted during an alumni conference call that the board had decided at the previous meeting that they should have term limits, which would effectively remove Rice.
SGF, as a fellow smoker and mutual friend of Marty, let me tell you that I and the other alumni up there were just plain shocked at how arrogant Dobranski and Monaghan were and felt like they just gave all the alumni, faculty, and students the middle finger for even raising concerns over their actions.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Coker said...

Let's not be so quick to lump all of us alumni (or students for that matter)together. We can speak for ourselves. Although it's true that many alumni are disappointed that Professor Rice will no longer be on the governing board, I, and many others, feel that the administration has been straight up and most generous in allowing us to raise our concerns and frustrations.

At 10:16 PM, Blogger NO man said...

With all due respect, Coker, since when is it anything but the duty of a dean and Board to listen to alumni concerns? The real question is, what, if anything, did they do to address those concerns? I am still waiting for an official response from the Dean or the Board to explain the vote, unless you think the BoG statement about "rotating off" board members was truly sincere.

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Wolfe Tone said...

Coker and SJF:
Your loyalty to Fr. Orsi and the Dean is compelling and commendable. But there are other people up in Ann Arbor who are may be in danger of losing their heads. Apparently, it's not like it was a couple of years ago. If Monaghan is going to be running the day-to-day operations of the school, you need only look to the example of AMC and AMU: He'll "have no opposition."
(The heads I speak of are those of the Founding Faculty.)

At 9:12 AM, Blogger SGF said...

NO Man,

If such a change has occurred in the chaplain of the law school, what do you think has caused it? You gave reasons for what Dobranski's motivations might be, but what about Fr. Orsi?

Also, I was at the AMU campus this past weekend and ran into Monghan. When I told him I graduated from the Law School in '03, he didn't wait for me to voice my concerns, but asked if I had heard about the controversy going on up there. As we discussed the move, although he disagreed with different points I brought up, he wasn't dismissive, and he made arguments in favor of the move.

I don't say this to suggest that the different events we have been discussing haven't occurred in the manner that has been relayed, but to suggest that there is a lot of shading and editorilizing that goes in the way these events are relayed and characterized. You suggest a certain characterization of Monghan's attitude at the 5th Anniversay, and I suggest a different one less than a few weeks later. While these are not mutually exclusive characterizations, they illustrate the nature of this event.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger NO man said...

I appreciate your concerns, particularly about Fr. Orsi. Despite the homily he gave at the fifth year anniversary, I think his track record is solid enough that he still deserves the benefit of the doubt. Father Fessio has assumed the role of Cardinal Woolsey, as he is much better suited for the part. Apologies to the creator of parody, but I do believe this is a better cast of characters now.


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