Where to Report Abuse, and the Removal of an Illinois Priest for Theft and Pornography.

If you’ve wondered what you can do with information you have that hasn’t moved the Diocese to action there is now another place to take your information.  The Organization Roman Catholic Faithful, https://rcf.org/ has investigated and uncovered abuse all over the nation: https://rcf.org/press/index.htm

Read this article https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/09/08/illinois-priest-removed-for-homosexual-porn-misappropriating-29000/

In the Diocese of Jefferson City would stealing $29,000 get someone removed from the clergy?  Not if his name is Deacon Tony Valdes.  Would having male pornography?  IF a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City had a lot of pornography at any point and IF the Bishop knew about it what would he do?  Would he put the priest in parishes with schools with young teenage boys?  On the surface it seems like a tough choice to contact a lay organization to report abuse in the Church but people have usually reported to the Hierarchy and gotten nowhere when they finally choose to go somewhere else.  You should report things to Bishop McKnight as he asked, but at some point we all have a duty to protect the young people of the Diocese.  That was the purpose of this blog.

 

Priest’s Letter Exposes Bp. Hubbard as Gay Ringleader in Albany. Why No One Spoke Up, And Unexpected Deaths.

At the bottom of the article linked below you can find out what happened to whistle blowers, and why priests are afraid to speak up about Bishops.

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/hubbard-albany-gay-ringleader

From the comment section:

“I was just reading about Fr. Alfred Kunz who sent letters to St. Pope John Paul II outlining the homosexual and satanist ring in the Midwest. He was murdered shortly after the letters were delivered. His throat was slit in the hallway of his church.”

There is still an open investigation into the Death of Fr. Kunz.  Like many of those cases there was no sign of struggle, it appears they know their attackers and aren’t expecting death.

Unexpected deaths.  It makes us pause when reading Archbishop Viganò’s report detailing what Pope Francis knew about Cardinal McCarrick’s abuse:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-26/historic-bombshell-vatican-official-accuses-pope-francis-covering-sexual-abuse

“Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, then first Counsellor of the Nunciature in
Washington and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. after the unexpected death of Nuncio Sambi in Baltimore, told me when I arrived in Washington and he is ready to testify to it about a stormy conversation, lasting over an hour, that Nuncio Sambi had with Cardinal McCarrick whom he had summoned to the Nunciature. Monsignor Lantheaume told me that “the Nuncio’s voice could be heard all the way out in the corridor.”

 

Abuser Bishops and Blackmail

This is an article about how abuser Bishops can use a priest’s personal file as blackmail to keep them from blowing the whistle.  It’s something to meditate on.  It explains how men close to the Bishop like personal secretaries, those who arrange his travel and itinerary, who arrange his meetings, and who hear things first hand can remain silent in the face of abuse and intimidation.  In reality just knowing that abuse has taken place and not reporting it for an extended period of time makes men complicit and is it’s own form of self blackmail.  It’s been 16 years since 2002 and the Church still doesn’t have a systematic way of rooting out abuse in the hierarchy.  It seems like the abusers will have to self destruct one by one and extend the humiliation of the Church indefinitely.  Maybe it would help if there was a #diojeffcityabuse movement or #churchabuse movement.

https://epiphanytampa.weebly.com/pastors-bulletin-article/why-dont-the-priests-blow-the-whistle

Speaking of Tampa Bay, that’s down near a favorite hangout of certain Bishops with certain proclivities.  It’s one of several places that, if a Bishop would frequent it, he would not want to publish his itinerary.  http://gawker.com/5825254/the-catholic-churchs-secret-gay-cabal

Remember the name of  “Fr Bernard Kirlin, whom a former pupil describes as an openly gay alcoholic.”

 

McCarrick, the Bishops and Unanswered Questions

This short article,   McCarrick, the Bishops and Unanswered Questions  addresses the Church’s failure to hold Bishops accountable.  Members of the Diocese of Jefferson City should read it and think about their own interaction with the Diocese and it’s clergy.  We post excerpts with the most relevant points because a Bishop’s behaviour affects that of his priests and that’s the key one may use to unlock the troubling things that have occurred here, culminating with the Transgender Process.  The Process did not likely appear out of nowhere.  This blog has no authority to investigate or discipline Bishops but we do want to quietly catalogue what happens so that, when a scandal erupts, no one good or bad can say that they weren’t warned and didn’t know to investigate.    Highlighting and italics are ours.

William Lori, then bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, said that the drafting committee “decided we would limit it to priests and deacons, as the disciplining of bishops is beyond the purview of this document. ‘Cleric’ would cover all three, so we decided not to use the word ‘cleric.’”

Now, as the McCarrick scandal continues to take shape, the decision to omit bishops themselves from the charter and to focus exclusively on priests seems to some Catholics to be gravely naive, or to be a symbol for the failure of bishops to hold one another accountable.

Church-watchers have often recognized that many American bishops tend to strenuously avoid criticizing one another, or publicly calling attention to one another’s faults, preferring the appearance of affable collegiality, even amid significant substantive disagreement.

The McCarrick allegations suggest to some that those tendencies have led to a situation in which, in practice, there is one set of rules regarding the behavior of priests and deacons in the Church and another set of rules for bishops.

McCarrick is the most prominent American bishop who continued to enjoy a public life even after being accused of abuse-related misconduct or neglect, and the accusations against him are the most grave.

While it is unlikely that any of those bishops will again be appointed to leadership positions in the Church, some have asked whether they will face formal Vatican charges. As McCarrick’s long tenure in the Church raises questions about whether bishops have a propensity to protect one another, and whether the Vatican fails to appreciate the significance of sexual misconduct, those questions have taken on particular urgency.

And there may still be bishops who believe that preventing a scandal is a worthwhile endeavor, without considering the costs of that decision to those who are harmed when a bishop acts immorally. The costs of that decision are borne, most gravely, by those who are directly harmed by acts of abuse on the part of any cleric. Their wounds cry out to God for justice.

But when a bishop behaves with sexual immorality, the effects ripple across his entire diocese. Priests and seminarians who object to that sexual immorality leave quickly, or find themselves marginalized. Those who rise to leadership positions are those who are left: those who are willing to accept the bishop’s sexual immorality, those who are complicit in it, or those who are too naive to notice it. Those in the first two categories, being willing to accept some rejections of Catholic teaching, are usually also likely to accept other rejections of Catholic teaching. That can be reflected in their pastoral leadership and catechesis, and, consequently, an entire diocese can be formed with a theological perspective framed by relativism, tolerance of immorality or compromise. The effects of a bishop’s sexual immorality can lead to spiritual and catechetical decline across an entire diocese.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Abuse, and Fear.

As bad as Cardinal McCarrick was, it’s the way the powerful in the Church suppress justice and Truth that is so shocking.  He corrupted many men that he never touched.   It’s very difficult to clean up the mess when everyone is in on it, good or bad.  The fear in the clergy is crippling.  When you read these two articles pay attention to how the “good” men behaved and how afraid they were.  Even newspaper reporters had a hard time breaking the code of silence.   In the end the truth comes out anyway, it just takes a lot more reputations and lives with it.

 

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/180716

 

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/church-cardinal-mccarrick-is-a-molester/

The Church’s Coverup Disease, or The Quiet Resignation.

The clergy of the Catholic Church have a coverup disease, a need to save face at all costs.  It’s as if the Church is too big to fail.  This corrupt practice creates a Moral Hazard:  “a lack of incentive to guard against risk where one is protected from its consequences, e.g., by insurance.”  The insurance in this case being the well founded belief that Bishops and clergy have that no one will report abuse, theft, corruption, etc. from within the Church.  No one seems to want to contradict a fellow Bishop or priest no matter what happens. Under these conditions little abuses lead to bigger abuses until some men become monsters.  This disease, this protection system, makes men so sick that they will witness abuse and be offended by it but never report it, even at the expense of justice for the victims.  Even if it means that others will be victimized in the future.  This sickness leads men to resign high positions to avoid collaborating with monsters, yet they will not report what they have seen.  You’ve seen this on the news in Hollywood lately and the revelations didn’t stop with just Harvey Weinstein.

    This sick system forms bishops and priests into men who would, on the one hand, see a corrupt or evil man for who he is and force him to resign by threatening to expose him but, on the other hand, never tell anyone what happened after he resigns because their own reputation and career is at stake.  Future victims be damned.  This is the opposite of the behavior of saints and Jesus Christ who would lay down their lives for a friend.    The problem for powerful clergy and this coverup system is that these days there is always someone watching, recording, talking, emailing, texting, reading, and   listening.  You’d think with all the Harvey Weinstein abuse revelations that it would finally dawn on these guys that the ones who witness evil or corruption and say nothing go down just as hard as the monster does.  We mean dawn on them before they are also accused of collaboration because someone reported it first.

This is the System that your well meaning donations support.  No one can claim that they are helping the victims by donating to these men.

Others Protesting What The Diocese Permits

Parents all across the country are protesting forced gender ideology in schools, see here Parents’ ‘Sex Ed Sit Out’ Protesting Forced Gender Ideology in Schools Spreads Across Country

Based on reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church you would think that the Church would be out front assisting these parents, however the local Diocese of Jefferson City is pushing that agenda and undermining Catholic parents.  We are 2 months past Bishop Gaydos’ surprise early removal and there hasn’t been a word from Bishop McKnight while the staff that wrote the infamous Transgender Process is still in place.  It’s not that complicated unless the clergy or the Diocese get involved, then Church moral teaching becomes a big confusing grey area.  We’re still in the honeymoon phase but that won’t last forever.

 

Missouri Catholic Conference, Governor Greitens, and Bishop Gaydos

Now if the Missouri Catholic Conference wishes to report on the Governor they are free to do so.  What’s confusing is that they never reported on Bishop Gaydos’ attempt to make transgender student enrollment an option for his pastors.  There’s no way they can claim they didn’t know because the protest against Gaydos and his policy happened after the 50th Anniversary Mass for the MCC.  Parents might wish to judge how useful the MCC really is.  It is increasingly difficult to take official Church voices seriously and our legislators in congress demonstrate that regularly.  American Catholics as a political force are just a short distance from irrelevance.  Here’s what they do want you to know about, as if it hasn’t been in every newspaper and on the news every night for weeks.  Now that they can comfortably step out right behind everyone else who’s reported this:

Weekly Update from the Missouri Catholic Conference                                       April 13, 2018
Inside this issue
Greitens Report Released; Next Steps Outlined

Late Wednesday afternoon, a special investigative committee of the Missouri House of Representatives issued a report on Governor Greitens’ affair with his hair stylist. In the report, the woman alleges that some of the sexual encounters with Greitens were not consensual. The committee concluded that the woman was “an overall credible witness.” The committee also heard from several other witnesses who corroborated the woman’s account.

Read the report here. PLEASE NOTE: the report includes material of a sensitive and sexual nature.

In a press conference, Governor Greitens insisted the affair was completely consensual in nature. The governor declined to be interviewed by the House committee, which is within his constitutional rights, as the committee noted. The governor faces a felony charge for invasion of privacy, which will be considered separately by a criminal court in St. Louis.

After the report was issued, House Speaker Todd Richardson and other legislative leaders held a press conference. Richardson said the investigative committee was charged with gathering facts and trying to determine the credibility of witnesses. He vigorously disputed that the legislative process represented a “witch hunt.” He said the legislature is a separate branch of government that has its own role in considering misconduct by a governor.

Richardson said the investigative committee would continue its work but now would expand its mission to consider recommendations for any disciplinary action against the governor by the Missouri General Assembly. Meanwhile, according to Richardson, legislative leaders would, “begin the process of calling a special session so that the Legislature has the opportunity to consider any recommendations of the committee.”

For the Missouri General Assembly to call itself into special session will require the approval of three-fourths of the members of the Missouri House and the approval of three-fourths of the members of the Missouri Senate. Richardson said any special session, if approved, would not commence until legislators conclude their regular session on May 18. For more, read this AP article.

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The Power of Impeachment
Section 1, Article VII of the Missouri Constitution declares that public officers, including the governor, are liable for impeachment “for crimes, misconduct, habitual drunkenness, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude or oppression in office.” Section 2, Article VII of the Missouri Constitution gives the Missouri House of Representatives “the sole power of impeachment.” If Greitens were impeached by the House, it would rest with the Missouri Senate to elect “a special commission of seven eminent jurists” to consider the removal of the governor.

The Large Anonymous Donation (s)

 

Maybe it’s nothing but it’s probably not.  Maybe it’s just the timing; just before Bishop Emeritus Gaydos stepped down some Diocesan loans to parishes were forgiven and gifts were given by the Diocese.  Large loans, even six figure loans.

Times are tight at Holy Family Church; they recently had to buy Fr. Quinn a car and renovate his villa. Not the rectory next the Church villa but his other villa.  We hesitate to bring parish events onto a Diocesan blog but these are public bulletins (although as of this writing their website is coincidentally down) and the Diocese somehow got involved just before Bishop Emeritus Gaydos resigned.  It’s the Diocese and Bishop Emeritus Gaydos that we are interested in.  These are the kinds of things that we mean when we speak of an audit so follow along as we work our way from Hannibal back to the Diocese.   Here’s the timeline:

Oct. 1st Bulletin:  Fr. Mike Quinn needs a new car and the parish is soliciting donations to buy him one. 20171001

Oct. 15th Bulletin:    They got the money for the car.  20171015

Dec. 10th Bulletin:   The Parish is $72,315.02 short on donations.  20171210

February 4th Bulletin:  The got a Large Anonymous $34,000 Donation from the Diocese.

At the same time they also solicit funds for their own Not For Profit Corporation, could that money have been used to make up the shortfall instead?  We don’t know why they have a separate corporation for donations but it would be pretty tacky to collect money for that fund, avoid sending the Cathedraticum money to the Diocese, and then receive $34,000 that everyone else had to send the Diocese.        Non Profit Corp flyer

Meanwhile the Diocese of Jefferson City Real Estate Trust (That Trust is another can of worms) owns a nice condo villa a few miles from the Church, renovated by parish funds, that is apparently more suited to Fr. Mike’s lifestyle.

Fr. Mike's Villa

Here’s a home in the same neighborhood, they are nice 3 bedroom brick villas built after 2010, though a discerning owner would further refine them with “renovation.”

Condo Front Picture

 

Customarily priests live in the rectory for free and buy their own cars with the salary they receive.  When they retire they generally don’t go live in their own villas with cars that parishioners gave them. If the people of Holy Family wish to buy Fr. Mike a car they are free to do so.  Once people give money to the Diocese the Bishop may do whatever he wishes with it according to Canon Law, within the bounds of Catholic Morality.  When parishes put their money on deposit with the Diocese it’s his to do with as he wishes.  But, do people realize that and should he do whatever he pleases with it?  Is this what people think they are getting when they give to the Catholic Stewardship Appeal?  When small parishes give to the Diocese so that the Bishop won’t remove their priest and shut down their Church, are they intending their money to go to other parishes who have remodeled condos and bought cars?  Will the Diocese of Jefferson City Real Estate Trust provide every priest with a remodeled villa, like Bishop Gaydos who used $1.3 million to renovate the old Carmelite Monastery so he would have his own retirement villa?  How does a parish get a six figure loan forgiven?  How did Bishop Gaydos decide which priests got these favors at the final hour?  What in the world did these priests do to merit this favor?  What do they have in common with him?

Fr. Mike Photo

 

Fr. Joe Corel and Bishop Gaydos Are Willing to Destroy A Good Priest’s Reputation

Lifesitenews.com interviewed Fr. Frank and then summarized much of what has happened to him and the Diocese in the last few months.  It’s worth reading that article.  The Diocese, as usual, tries to make no comment and avoid making public what they’ve done.  We’ve seen this before and would like to make a few comments.  Just as they did with the Transgender Process they like to operate behind the scenes because they do things they shouldn’t be doing.  They’re really concerned about Hillary Clinton’s reputation and in order to protect it Fr. Joe Corel threatens to destroy Fr. Frank’s reputation.   Watch how they try to hide the way in which they use threats to keep priests in line with their agenda while claiming the priests won’t talk to the Bishop:

The diocese said questions on Father Corel’s threatened canonical rebuke and Father Frank’s status “pertain to internal conversations between Fr. Frank and his Bishop’s delegate.”

We believe it is not appropriate to make public comment on such communications,” the diocese said in a statement. “Fr. Frank is welcome to bring any matters he wishes to discuss to the Bishop. At the present time, he has not chosen to do so.”

There was no conversation and you can tell that because Fr. Joe didn’t feel that he needed to listen to Fr. Frank’s side of the story but rather left his demands and  threats on a voicemail.  Furthermore how can they use the word “conversations” but also state that Fr. Frank has not chosen to speak to them?  Logically it can’t be both ways.  In fact, as any parent who called the Chancery found out, they refuse to dialogue with anyone they disagree with.   Furthermore, and this is where Fr. Corel’s hypocrisy comes out, their threat is a “canonical rebuke.”  We imagine in our minds a letter coming in the mail solely to Fr. Frank but what they mean is that they will publish something that harms Fr. Frank’s reputation and they will make it vague but serious sounding so that rumors can fly.  In this day and age the rumors are often that the priest is a sexual abuser but either way when they ruin a priest’s reputation they are not using INTERNAL conversations but rather publicly defaming the priest and doing so after not speaking with him in person.  The same applies to refusing to let him say Mass in some parishes, they should have a solid statement one way or the other about his status in the Diocese when asked (that’s their job) but instead they quietly ruin his reputation with other priests while never speaking to him on the matter.  If Bishop Gaydos and Fr. Joe Corel suddenly feel that Fr. Frank is unfit to say Mass who exactly should contact whom?  These men are so attached to their vendetta though that they would rather state “No Comment” and look suspicious than state that he is in good standing and thus by default let him say Mass in other parishes.  They absolutely do not back down for any reason.

Do you understand what they are doing to good priests?  Can you see how they publicize matters they shouldn’t and refuse to publicize matters that they should?  Their lack of communication also extends to many lay people, often stonewalling people for years.  Bishop Gaydos and Fr. Joe Corel have sown unjustly damaged reputations.  They’ll probably reap what they have sown except it will be their own justly damaged reputations.

Journalistic Privilege and Audits.

Please read about journalistic privilege, it should be familiar to Catholics who should be able to trust the seal of the confessional for the same reasons.  Being at the center of a lot of attention in a Diocese with thousands of faithful we get a lot of tips and leaks.  Now if we thought someone was in imminent physical danger we’d report it.  A lot of this garbage happened in the past and publishing all of it would needlessly destroy the reputations of individual priests (whom we may disagree with on many issues but who haven’t publicly stated an opinion on this issue) without helping solve the problem here.  Plus, we feel the clergy and Diocesan employees past and present deserve a chance to do the right thing now that the heat is on.  Our new leader also deserves a chance to do the right thing.  With all of this information we protect our sources who sometimes want us to know something useful but don’t wish it to be published for various reasons.  Read the post on Commissar Joe Corel if you still don’t understand the occasional need for anonymity. With that said we are telling everyone that it is time for an audit and that we believe the audit will lead to other things.  The lay people don’t have the authority to audit the Diocese but there are people who do and who will.  The truly innocent would welcome an audit or at least not fear one.  Our society has elected officials and accounting firms whose sole job is to do audits as a matter of course, hence our State Auditor Nicole Galloway.  The Diocese has long since lost the benefit of the doubt in avoiding audits.  We’ll probably post an article about the difference between a fractional reserve bank, a Ponzi scheme, and a not for profit Diocese and also the difference between what’s legal, illegal, and just shady.  One thing is for sure: in a bank run the first few depositors who withdraw get their money but the rest don’t.  If that’s the case at perfectly legal and properly run banks (Minus the Federal Reserve backing them up) it’s far more true for Ponzi schemes or legitimate but shady entities with no Federal Reserve backing.  Yes, we mean to insinuate that the deposits are gone because that’s what the clergy themselves bluntly state.  Prove us wrong and publish it on your webpage.  Just because you have the authority to raid accounts and spend all of the money any way you please doesn’t mean you should do it if you got it by promising not to spend it in those ways.  If you can’t tell your donors and depositors where the money went then there is a problem.

Audio Recording of Vicar General (Commissar) Joe Corel Threatening Fr. Frank.

Last year Lifesitenews.com published an article about Fr. Frank being threatened by Vicar General Joe Corel for publishing information about Bishop Gaydos’ Transgender Process in his parish bulletin.  We commented on that article in a blog post.

Comrades, the Diocese is a disfunctional workplace for priests and other staff.  It continues to appear that priests who support the Transgender Process or at least remain quiet have remained in each other’s good graces and that of the Chancery.  Those who haven’t supported it have not been treated so well.  The idea is still floating around that a cleric must write the blog and that he must be found and punished.  Good luck finding him.   The priests of our Diocese speak a clerical jargon that they learn either from the seminary or from working with each other.  They must be the only people who can’t distinguish their own language from that of normal people.  Even more glaring is the unctuous language of the Chancery staff and high level clerics in our local Politburo.  Anyone who has called the Chancery has probably figured out that they use language to conceal their true opinions or to avoid controversy.  That’s called duplicity.  One could even say they’re robotic whenever there is a disagreement.  If you listen to the audio of the priests’ meeting you’ll hear a short glitch in the matrix any time someone contradicts them or asks a question and then they quickly revert to the pre-programmed message.   We want to be clear once more that this blog is entirely run by lay people and it WILL NOT GO AWAY no matter how many priests are threatened or ostracized.  We’re sorry that the clergy are mean and abusive to each other over this issue but we don’t believe they will get away with that behavior for much longer.  We would like you to note that Fr. Frank told the truth to his parishioners about the Process and then Fr. Joe Corel ratcheted up the situation with his threats.  Commissar Corel actually lied about Fr. Frank by saying that his bulletin lied.  In some cases for years priests, many parents and this blog have pointed out problems and abuses to the Chancery and Bishop Gaydos only to be ignored or threatened.  They refuse to address the issue and instead they get personal.  Fr. Joe Corel is the former vocations director and that fact should shed some light on why we are so short on vocations.  Very few men are interested in working in this environment regardless of their views.  So in a spirit opposite of his covert threats, and just so you know that Lifesitenews.com and then the blog published the truth about Fr. Joe Corel, we are publishing the audio of Vicar General Joe Corel threatening Fr. Frank.   Ladies and Gentlemen, your former vocations director and now Vicar General:

Fr. Corel, do you have anything else you’d like to add?  We’re all ears.

A is for Audit

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter A, for Audit.   If a certain Diocese only 30 days away from a management shakeup were a stock it would be trading down right now.  The CEO, CFO, and other senior management at any large firm telegraph their retirement plans in advance, like Sergio Marchionne of FiatChrysler who has let the shareholders know that he plans to retire in 2019.  Everyone knows far in advance so that everyone knows nothing unusual is afoot.  The Catholic Church does the same thing by requiring that Bishops turn in their resignation at age 75.  When a CEO suddenly resigns just months before such a date for “Personal Reasons” (And they don’t have stage 4 cancer) everyone knows that something is afoot and that it isn’t good.  Someone with the power of a CEO doesn’t retire a few months from the goal because of a condition they’ve had for 20 years or what they themselves call a minor procedure, especially if said leader was accustomed to spending an inordinate amount of time traveling to nice relaxing places anyway.  Instead they quietly delegate their work while running out the clock.  When the departure is abrupt the stock trades down because there is usually either a failure to execute the goals of the company or there is fraud.  And that’s a good analogy for a certain not-for-profit religion based entity that shall remain nameless.

We’re using a business analogy because we’re talking about how human nature interacts with power, authority, and publicity.   The abruptly departed leader is usually quickly replaced.  After that two things could happen:  either the firm admits the fraud and fills the position with someone who is informed of it and has the authority to clean up the mess or everyone acts innocent and the position is filled with an expendable fall guy.  The fall guy doesn’t have to be an idiot either, it’s just as well if one can sink a talented colleague or a competitor.  If you’re the new boss and you’re in on the ruse then you’ll need all the luck you can get if things were so bad that the previous boss relinquished power or was forced out in a humiliating way.  If you’re the fall guy then you’ve got to move fast but you’ve got some options and the best option is an audit.  The old advice to not change anything for one year will sink you in these situations because if fraud is uncovered a year into your term and you did not carefully document your effort to find it then you’re complicit and you’re sunk.

If we were in charge of a large not-for-profit corporation we’d start by interviewing every staff member (lay and clerical) in the last 30 years who held a high position and either resigned abruptly or left for new employment.  Everyone knows the score when someone resigns deeply disgruntled but never quite has a specific reason for the deep resentment, it’s because they can’t say it without accusing themselves.  The closer to the money the closer to the truth because it takes money to accomplish most fraud.  We’d be asking some tough questions like these: if people believed that the Corporation had kept two sets of books for many years (and there can’t be any good excuse for that) was it really only two sets?  If donors felt money was misdirected to become hush money did they pay by check or cash?  If two “employees”  had a suitcase full of cash and we wanted to know if it came from higher up the chain or from the weekly plate we’d wonder: was it all Benjamins or was it 5’s and 10’s?  If smaller branch offices deposited millions of dollars with the corporate office in the main city, as if it were a bank, shouldn’t they be alarmed if most of the money is gone?  If the funding drive brochures and one set of books can’t account for the disappearance of millions of dollars then where did the money go?  What will happen to all the people who handled money at the corporate office, and didn’t report fraud, if the depositors get wise to the scheme?  If you didn’t do it but you knew it happened and you didn’t report it who is really going to believe that you are innocent?  How does that affect your current and future employment?

When an audit comes anyone who is or was in the corporate office has to decide if they are willing to take a fall for the departing CEO, especially if he no longer has the goods to dish out.

Bishop McKnight’s Employees

If you go to the website of Bishop Elect McKnight’s current parish and click on the “Bulletins button” on the top right corner you can find the bulletin for December 17th. In it is an article entitled:  “Tis the Season to Celebrate. . . and Embrace Change.”  Below is an except containing most of that article.  Should these things happen in Jefferson City conditions will greatly improve, even for those who have been doing the dirty work for their boss for 20 years:

 

Written by Kristin Schmitz and Jennifer Patterson:
It was with a mixture of sadness and excitement that we received the news of
Bishop-Elect’s appointment to the Diocese of Jefferson City. Bishop-Elect is a true
leader in every sense of the word. He will be a wonderful Bishop with his strong
faith, compassionate ministry to others, and administrative abilities. We are
excited for him and the Jefferson City Diocese, but we are, of course, sad to lose
him here at Magdalen! He has been a blessing as a pastor and boss. Bishop-Elect
McKnight fostered a culture of resiliency at Magdalen Catholic School by defining
administrative processes, reaching out to the margins, empowering his employees,
and creating a partnership between home and school, and therefore, school
and parish.
One of Bishop-Elect’s $rst initiatives as our pastor was to begin the “REACH
Initiative”. A year long process, this Initiative explored ways to make Catholic
education available to all who desire it. Through listening sessions and surveys,
we implemented a three prong improvement plan which included better data,
special education services, and more support personnel. We found the means to
fund these additions with a grant, more effcient budgeting, and donations. We
are on year 2 of the implementation, and, by all accounts, all 3 parts of the plan
are established and growing.
Empowerment of employees can come in many different forms. One of
Bishop-Elect’s best gifts to our staff is the permission to be human. He encourages
us that we are not perfect, he is not perfect, and in admitting so, we are free from
fear of mistakes. We acknowledge our imperfection, we honestly communicate
a mistake, we problem solve together, and we move forward with the lesson
learned. What a beautiful way to empower employees. Are there consequences
if needed? Of course. But an employee of Bishop-Elect does not work in fear.
Compassion, fairness, and processes are consistent.
As Bishop-Elect identified needs on our campus or in our hallways, he was able
to address these with a collaborative spirit and involvement of people within our
parish with the right skill sets to help. For example, when we wished to do a safety
review, Bishop-Elect formed a Joint Safety Board, which identified the security
needs of our school and placed people with the proper backgrounds to assist.
Due to the number of charitable requests the school receives, and the difficulty
in balancing a charitable spirit with the amount of resources at hand, Bishop-Elect
formed a Charity Board to help the administration with this task. The same can be
true of Athletics and the establishment of a committee. These collaborative and
skilled groups have uniquely helped us in our roles of administrators, and we’ve
been blessed by the formation of them and the processes they develop.
Throughout all of these improvements ran the thread of improving the
partnerships between home and school and school and parish. As resiliency
was fostered, so too our relationships with each other grew. Communication
improved, the willingness to work together as a team extended into more areas,
and our interactions with each other were positive and productive. Does this
mean things were perfect at Magdalen Catholic School? Of course not. But the
spirit of resiliency created by Bishop-Elect is strong, and we will work to carry on
this legacy as he moves to Jefferson City as the new Bishop. He leaves us stronger,
healthier, and empowered.

Sexual Abuse and the Fear of Losing a Job.

In the last few weeks there have been dozens of revelations about sexual harassment and rape among powerful men in America.  The latest involve Ken Friedman, a famous restauranteur in New York City.   Please read that short link before you read further here.  Regardless of the individual circumstances that scenario of abuse of power gives every lay person a window into the last 20 years of the Jefferson City Diocese.  Before you go on accusing us of dredging up filth to smear Bishop Gaydos please remember a few things; for starters this Diocese and Boston were at the center of the abuse crisis.  There are just a few parishes in the Diocese that didn’t have proven abuse, we are tempted to post a map proving it.  People know about their own parish but not others and how broad and systematic the abuse was.  That’s abuse perpetrated by someone in authority over someone younger or weaker.  And we believe there was hush money, that is why we keep bringing up the lack of funds at the Chancery.  Secondly, Bishop Gaydos himself put his stamp of approval on the promotion of the same sort of madness in his own Catholic Schools.  And then consistently doubled down on that agenda.  Thirdly we have taken pains to publish what the Chancery itself promotes about this agenda.  To be clear, that means that we have worked hard not to include personal life details about individual clergy no matter what we encounter.  We are lay people not employed by the Diocese, we can’t absolve you of your sins via email and we are not the police or the FBI so if you are in a position of authority and are by law a mandatory reporter of abuse you are required to contact them.  The blog is an easy target but the blog won’t be the thing that unleashes a bombshell report on the Diocese, those things go to the national Catholic media and we cut and paste here.  Blame us though if it makes you feel better, it won’t make any difference in the outcome.

Which brings us to our main point, and this is a serious point which will probably have consequences for people in power so read it twice.  Our clergy in general are so terrified that they refuse to discuss Bishop Emeritus Gaydos’ Transgender Process.  If they do come close to mentioning it they simply give homilies condemning those who they believe are stirring up trouble, they wish to be left alone.  That is a symptom of a larger problem.  Now read these quotes so you can understand why clergy would fear to speak up about many things but specifically something deeply disturbing and dangerous to children in their care:

And the rewards of a job at a Friedman-Bloomfield restaurant can be great. Servers at the top of their game can earn six figures in a year. Working with Ms. Bloomfield confers prestige in restaurants around the world. Mr. Friedman has treated favored employees to after-work drinks, field trips to his beach house and top-tier concert tickets.

She gave notice within days. “I was terrified to tell anyone why,” she said. “Ken bragged about blacklisting people all the time. And we saw it happen.”

She decided to work harder, knowing that pushing back could put her job in jeopardy.

“I made a decision to stay there because I loved the job and I loved April’s food and I believed in it,” she said. “You hike up your bootstraps and you work. That’s how we all survived working for him.”

Mr. Friedman has also been intimidating in other parts of his empire, even to men on the staff. “There were definitely times I was scared of him,” said David Rabig, a former manager at several Friedman restaurants. “He’s a very large man. He likes to threaten to fire people. He liked to remind people he was the boss.”

“I can’t even retell this story now without getting teary. It is one of the many demoralizing experiences that have taken place within my 20+ year waitressing career.”

Employees were told to bring sexual harassment claims directly to restaurant managers.

But the managers interviewed by The Times said that they were often promoted because they were close to Mr. Friedman, so that rarely happened.

“The people you are reporting the abuse to are the abusers.”

Mr. Friedman wrote her a long, profanity-filled email threatening to blackball her in the industry.

“The restaurant industry is very small and tight knit, and he does know everyone.”

“I feel guilty even talking to you,” she said. “But it’s got to stop.”

Come we now ladies and gentlemen to our main point: whether it was abuse of children, abuse of statues or Church property, soliciting and inappropriate behavior with subordinates, or promoting the abuse of children through a Process of indoctrination, the truth eventually comes out.  It comes out when the pressure builds to the breaking point inside the abused or it comes out when the abuser loses the power to do the things in bold above.  Once the cracks appear the dam breaks.  When the truth comes out there are two types of people who knew:  those who reported it and those who didn’t.  One never knows the exact time when the first credible report will come out but after it happens those who knew and covered it up often get lumped in with the abuser just for knowing and doing nothing.  Even if they don’t lose their job they may lose their reputation.  In the end the cover up intended to save one’s job is the very thing that destroys their job.   Read the articles about the famous men being deposed and pay attention to those surrounding them who also have to resign.  We’re not saying it’s fair but it is reality and we are warning you now so that you have the chance to do the right thing before you lose your reputation and your job.  This also applies to all people in all circumstances as many Americans are learning the hard way.

 

 

 

 

Know when to walk away, know when to run.

Bishop Gaydos’ statement announcing his retirement ends with this phrase:

“I plan to live out my days here in Jefferson City and with medical counsel I have been assured that I will be able to continue to lead a productive life in your midst.”

Is that so? In our midst?  After years of almost continuous travel to all kinds of amazing places with fabulous people?  Finally settling down then, in the convent that the good Carmelite Sisters used to inhabit?  The one that got a million dollar renovation?  Maybe keep an eye on things in the Diocese for us?

Now it just so happens that this blog was settling down for the exact same reason, ready to live out it’s days on the internet as a legacy of all the hard work Bishop Gaydos and his hand picked staff put into advancing the Transgender/LGBT agenda among Catholic children.  They were as tough as nails, they didn’t budge an inch in the face of fierce opposition and withering publicity, they kept going until the Pope himself finally reduced the Bishop to an administrator.  No apology, no backing down.  It would be heroic if it weren’t also so predatoryLike the inverse of the Roman Martyrs.  And that’s exactly what we don’t need any more of in this Diocese.  These people are doing a good job building a legacy of successfully showing every other Diocese in the country and all the clergy what not to do.  Or how to arrange things so that those who both support and oppose you are united in their distaste for your leadership.  Kenny Rogers said it best, “You’ve got to know when to walk away, know when to run.”  One wonders just how bad the publicity would have to get for people to listen to Kenny.  So now the blog can continue to lead a productive life in our midst too.