Thursday, January 26, 2017


I did not know that Mary Tyler Moore was baptized and reared as a Catholic. I do not know what her practice of the Faith was as an adult. But we know that once a Catholic always a Catholic. I hope a priest was called to her death bed.

She was born and reared Catholic in New York, according to Wikipedia:

Moore was born in the Brooklyn Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, to Marjorie (née Hackett) (1916–92) and George Tyler Moore (1913–2006), a clerk. The oldest of three children (her siblings are John and Elizabeth), Moore and her family lived in Flushing, Queens. Her paternal great-grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore, owned the house which is now Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum. When she was eight years old, Moore moved with her family to Los Angeles. She was raised Catholic, and attended St. Rose de Lima Parochial School in Brooklyn, Saint Ambrose School in Los Angeles, and Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz, California.

 Deacon Greg Kendra exclaims: What a talent. What a life. Rest in peace, Mare.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her…

Below, one of the most sublime pieces of comedy ever shown on American television: the funeral of Chuckles the Clown from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” I don’t think Mary would mind if we watched and laughed again.


Mark Thomas said...

As soon as I had heard of her death yesterday, I prayed for Mary Tyler Moore's eternal rest, as well as peace for her family and friends.

In 1980 A.D., Mary Tyler Moore offered the following to Rolling Stone Magazine:

At 17, she married Richard Meeker, a 27-year-old public-relations executive, and that solved her address problem for the time being.

"I had a very strong desire to lead my own life – very much so. And as a matter of fact, it was when I married that I broke formally with the Catholic church.

"I think, next to Judaism, Catholicism is the biggest provider of guilt. I was determined to use birth control, and that, of course, was a mortal sin."

I have noticed the manner in which the news media are spinning Mary Tyler Moore and her sitcom. Yesterday and today, news story after another, has proclaimed with glee that Mary Tyler Moore had stuck it to the traditional concept of womanhood.

They insist that the Mary Tyler Moore Show informed women that they need not marry, have children...there isn't any need for family... Being a woman was all about having a career and fun apart from marriage and children.


How Mary Tyler Moore Helped Shape Modern Feminism

By Diana Pearl

"When Moore’s eponymous show premiered in 1970, television was dominated by images of women as wives and mothers (with the odd witch or genie — though as housewife and captive, respectively — thrown in the mix).

"But the Mary Tyler Moore Show‘s Mary Richards wasn’t married, nor was she a mother.

"Simply having a single, working woman (one who left her fiancé, to boot!) as the center of a network television show was revolutionary at the time.

"Storylines about equal pay for women, homosexuality, divorce, prostitution and premarital sex popped up throughout the later seasons.

"The show celebrated female friendship over romantic relationships..."

"The show’s progressive look at the life of a modern woman in the 1970s made Moore a feminist icon, especially for aspiring female comedians."

Mary Tyler Moore, PBS interview, 2013 A.D:

"I want to mention my Gloria Steinem experience. She thought that I was 100% on Betty Friedan’s train. And I really wasn’t.

"I believed that women — and I still do — have a very major role to play as mothers. It’s very necessary for mothers to be involved with their children.

"And that’s not what Gloria Steinem was saying. Gloria was saying oh, you can have everything, and you owe it to yourself to have a career.

"And I didn’t really believe in that, so that was a little difficult for me. Well, I just had to say no."


Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas said...

Mary Tyler Moore tribute specials to air on CBS and PBS

CBS, tonight (Thursday) 9 to 10 p.m. (eastern time).

"PBS has also resurfaced the 2015 documentary "Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration," which is streaming now at and will air on various affiliates (check local listings).

"The hourlong program features interviews with a variety of television personalities Moore influenced and collaborated with, including Tina Fey, Betty White and Valerie Harper."


Mark Thomas

TJM said...

ary Tyler Moore should be cut some slack. After all she was 'trained' in the Faith by the ultimate left-wing loon nuns, the IHM, who fled the scene when Cardinal McIntyre (he voted against Sacrosanctum Concilium and continued to say the EF until his death) ordered them to live like nuns and that their "deforms" were not consistent with the decrees of the Council on Religious Life.

Howard Petrick said...

This is not specifically a comment on Miss Moore, but rather TJM's comment. I grew up in an even worse era in terms of Catholic education and formation (1960s - 70s) and somehow I worked my way through it. So I am not sure that liberal nuns and bad Catechism are reasons for leaving the Church or remaining outside of it into adulthood. God's grace and our own God-given common sense can work though anything, so long as we cooperate with it.