For reference you can turn to this handbook in crafting a policy in your school, key points are made on Page 65:
ADHERENCE WITH CATHOLIC TEACHING ON SEXUALITY
Students may not advocate, celebrate, or express same-sex attraction in such a way as to
cause confusion or distraction in the context of Catholic school classes, activities, or
All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their
Being a cleric or employee under the influence of our Bishop must have a distorting affect on the mind because these men can’t stop running into the buzz saw of social media for all the wrong reasons. Social media commentary doesn’t seem to add to the dignity of the priesthood at all. Keep in mind when you read this that there are many things posted on Facebook daily that you may ignore but when public figures with authority over your children make comments about school policy regarding sex, gender, bullying, and abuse then every parent is on a need to know basis. Leaders who try to hide these things deserve to be pilloried. Sadly Fr. Stephen Jones recently stepped into the line of fire.
Fr. Jones is the President of Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, MO. http://heliascatholic.com/aboutus.php His position makes him a mandatory reporter of child abuse and the priestly office the Church gave him requires him to protect the souls of the children in his care from child abuse. One would think then that he would also inform his staff and parents about potential physical and spiritual threats to the students. Not so, and he’s defiantly proud of it (The bold highlighting is ours):
From time to time I receive “anonymous” letter in my role as president of Helias Catholic. Today, I received one such letter with a return address which read “A Concerned Parent/Diocese of Jefferson City” (as did the president, vp, and treasurer of our Advisory Council). When I read the letter, I agreed with the content 100%…but I threw it (and those addressed to the others) straight in the trash. Why? Because I will not respond to or act on “anonymous” letters, even if I agree with the person(s). If you don’t have the gumption to put a name to your concern or complaint then I will not take it seriously. Put a name to it and we will talk, work together, and solve problems. Just sayin’
He’s referencing what we presume is a letter like this from “A Concerned Parent.” Here: School Board Letter. Here’s what we can logically conclude from his comments:
1. He’s upset about the missing name on a letter recommending a policy that was issued in response to the Diocesan Transgender Process, a process that the Diocese and it’s priests didn’t think parents needed to know about. Isn’t the pot calling the kettle black here? Maybe the writer felt he didn’t need to know their name? Is that wrong? If so is it then wrong of the Diocese to do the same?
2. The letter asks him and the board to consider adopting a policy that he 100% agrees with so why does he need to talk to the writer, work with them, or solve problems with them? You have the authority, whatever happened to just doing your job? Take the time you waste on Facebook and have a meeting with your Advisory board about the policy you 100% agree with. Or use Facebook to inform parents about the comings out at Helias that make this policy necessary. Helias parents and Jefferson City Facebook users have been treated to all sorts of revealing things about Helias students lately yet at the same time there was nothing to acknowledge those things from the leader of the school.
3. If you have tried to Dialogue with the Bishop, the Chancery, your priest, or your principal then in most cases things probably didn’t go the way Fr. Jones said they would. Did they talk to you, work with you, or solve problems with you? No? Wait a second, did they refuse to speak with you about it?
4. He threw away mail addressed to someone else, mail he agreed with, that was sent to his own Advisory Board members. But then again they may not be on a need to know basis either. The board may well remember how much Bishop Gaydos thought they needed to know when it came time to hire a new President at Helias.
5. He either never learned or is willfully ignoring the purpose and hazards of being a whistle blower. Even the secular government has laws protecting whistle blowers. Those laws tell you that a whistle blower might expect retribution.
6. He didn’t learn American History before becoming President of a Catholic high school because “During the debates over the design and ratification of the United States Constitution, in 1787 and 1788, a large number of writers in the popular press used pseudonyms. This list shows some of the more important commentaries and the (known or presumed) authors responsible for them. Note: the identity of the person behind several of these pseudonyms is not known for certain.” Hey, if those men didn’t have the gumption to put a name to their concern or complaint then maybe they shouldn’t have been taken any more seriously than King George took the Declaration of Independence.
7. English class at Helias is devoid of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), Silence Dogood (Benjamin Franklin), and hundreds of other famous writers who didn’t have the gumption to use their own names.
8. He and his clerical supporters are confusing a pseudonym who wrote about publicly verifiable information with the concept of an anonymous and unverifiable accusation. No, you shouldn’t make a major decision based on anonymous accusations that can only be confirmed by the anonymous writer. Yes, you should make major decisions based on information from an anonymous whistle blower who reveals information that can be verified. If you’ve verified the truth and you agree with it 100% then it’s time to act. The children and parents aren’t guilty here, they need protection. Instead though we get legalistic excuses for not taking action.
9. Items 5, 6, and 7 are really just lighthearted logical conclusions one might draw but the true root of this outburst is there for all to see. It’s the outward projection of internal guilt from the failure to have the gumption to accept the path to martyrdom and sign a name to a policy the Bishop would oppose. And, make no mistake, he has no problem threatening these men as Fr. Frank found out. These priests are paid by the Diocese and that money is the stick used to keep them in line. They really wish to remain anonymous, to avoid speaking about this issue, and so they are angry at those who can remain anonymous while forcing them to face tough issues. They could hand off their cross to children if those pesky anonymous writers would leave things alone. Their job is to embrace the cross but since many of the faithful received their greatest cross from the clergy it’s not surprising that as a group they’d receive a little push back from lay parents. Our remaining priests are under a lot of pressure from their Bishop and also from our society and their own confused flocks. Everyone should pray for them because, though it is their job to defend children, it is a very hard job and will make them unpopular with the outside world. A Church that is in this much turmoil is also probably really short on prayers for it’s priests, so right when they need help the most that help is the least likely to be given.
Gentlemen it’s time to get off of Facebook and take a defiant moral stance on something that actually matters. Help the parents carry the cross instead of adding weight to it. Just sayin’
Here’s a snippet from an email forwarded to us that raises some interesting points:
By now all Catholics in the Diocese have received a letter asking for donations to the Catholic Stewardship Appeal. This is the main fundraiser for the Diocese. No, not for the Diocese as in “everyone in the Diocese including school age parents.” This money goes to the Chancery. That letter quotes scripture implying that we Catholics are all one and need to share with each other. “The community of believers was of one heart and one mind. . .they had everything in common.” (Acts 4:32) But we’re not of one heart and one mind because the Chancery has a secret process that they feel parents don’t need to know about and they refuse to dialogue about it. They have some skeletons in their closet that they feel the rest of us don’t need to know about. The only thing they want to share is your money. They remind us of that Apostle in the New Testament who kept the purse, wasn’t that Judas?
That is reason enough to refrain from giving this year but they double down and give you more. Stewardship you say? How’s that working out for you?
One thing they refuse to publish in their fundraising brochure is a statistic about how many priests and seminarians our Diocese has. Even they admit things are dire. Parish Bulletin announcement 10-27-17
CSA Media “The CSA allows us to keep up with new ways people connect today. We maintain a Facebook page, a YouTube channel, and a redesigned website. We are initiating twitter and Instagram accounts. The Catholic Missourian will be getting an online edition. Our Communications spread the Gospel and strengthen our One Family.
NONE of these media have been used to explain the Bishop’s new Transgender Process. Since Fr. Joe Corel was so excited to roll out the new Transgender Process why hasn’t he used all these new media to actually, you know, roll it out? So you’re left thinking that the Chancery and the Bishop don’t need $2,000,00 to show you what not to do. Besides the fact that any 12 year old girl has most of these media accounts because they only require an internet connection, the Chancery is also either hiding things from the faithful or they are incompetent at using their media platforms. We’ll go with hiding things for $2,000,000 Alex.
Finally, read this financial marvel: CSA Pie Chart
“Mission Advancement” Their evangelizing with media obviously doesn’t include their secret mission to advance the LGBT/Transgender agenda.
“Formation” Look around your parish for any properly formed Catholic teenagers, Hispanic Catholics, or priestly vocations and you’ll see how effective $1,037,000 in shared wealth isn’t in this Diocese.
“Chancery Staff Services” You’ve already know how effective we feel these people have been, and sadly the revolutionaries up there detract from the ordinary staff who are probably stifled in doing their jobs. Nevertheless more money won’t solve that problem any more than it has solved problems in the public schools.
“Outreach Services” Assistance to parishes in need would be a good idea, although many wealthy parishes deposit money with the Diocese for the same purpose and the general understanding in the Diocese is that much of the money on deposit has been spent by the Chancery and cannot be returned to the parishes that deposited it. Probably not spent on needy parishes either. Sort of like an insolvent bank.
There’s no reason to donate to a spiritually, morally, and financially insolvent bureaucracy that keeps secrets about children from the very parents expected to fund the bureaucracy. They won’t learn as long as you enable them so don’t do it.
With the weather turning colder we ask you to keep a prayer vigil for our Diocese on the 13th of every month either at work, or in your homes, or at your own parish. After lent we can begin public pilgrimages again.
The behavior described in this document sounds very familiar:
The only difference being that in this Diocese the process is top secret and you won’t even get 20 minutes of time with Bishop Gaydos to talk about it.
Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues. Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respecting each other’s abilities to work toward that purpose. A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office. When the common purpose becomes the advancement of the leader’s individual goals at the expense of the organization’s then a more descriptive word would be cronyism.
After letter writing, phone calls, pilgrimages, and a rosary rally there is still silence from the hierarchy about Bishop’s Gaydos’ Process. If you contact Archbishop Carlson or Papal Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre will just refer you back to Bishop Gaydos. Pope Francis is 5,000 miles away and only hears about such things if his own Nuncio or Bishops inform him, unless a huge public scandal should erupt, this issue apparently no longer being a huge public scandal in America. The Bishops depend on each other for promotion and are loath to interfere with their Brother Bishops even in severe cases of abuse. This is apparently not what Jesus and his Church intended though. On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation we recall that The Council of Trent issued the Decree Concerning Reformation and in Chapter 18 it instructs Bishops to establish seminary colleges to instruct new priests. To show they were serious the council Fathers included this section in Chapter 18: “But if the prelates of cathedral and other greater churches should be negligent in erecting the said seminary, and in preserving the same, and should refuse to pay their share; it will be the duty of the archbishop sharply to rebuke the bishop, and to compel him to comply with all the matters aforesaid, and of the provincial synod [to rebuke and compel in like manner] the archbishop, and earnestly to take care that this holy and pious work be, wherever it is possible, as soon as possible proceeded with.” This is rather like a proposed solution for cronyism: cronyism is self-perpetuating; cronyism then begets a culture of cronyism. This can only be apprehended by a comprehensive, effective, and enforced legal code, with empowered government agencies which can effect prosecutions in the courts.
The concept of proper governance exists in the Church but like many things it has simply been ignored. Nevertheless, should a public scandal erupt, Archbishop Carlson and Cardinal Christophe Pierre have been contacted beforehand about their duty to govern the Church and to at least to inform the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops. 500 years ago it took a very severe division of Christendom to rouse the Bishops to action, this time corruption and indifference seems to be leading to a general collapse in Church attendance of any kind with no catalyst for reform on the horizon.
This video comes from an Church Militant news report and article about a rosary rally held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Jefferson City, MO on Saturday October 7th. The occasion was the holy Mass at the end of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Missouri Catholic Conference. Bishop Gaydos, Archbishop Carlson, and Papal Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre presided at the Mass. The placards indicate that the rosary was held to stop the process of slipping the LGBT/Transgender agenda into Diocesan Catholic Schools. Keep in mind that Bishop Gaydos’ 17 page document includes in the title the words “A Pastoral Process of Accompaniment and Dialogue” The Chancery has been open about not wanting parents to know about the process. In this video the priests process out with the Bishops behind them but when the Bishops see people praying the rosary they don’t dialogue, rather they retreat into the Cathedral. The man with his back to the camera is Catholic Missourian Editor Jay Nies, he’s apparently waiting to snap a picture of the Bishops. When they don’t come out Jay turns and angrily tells those praying the rosary “He doesn’t hear you.” Now if he means that God doesn’t hear the prayers he’s confused because his God is omnipotent and hears everyone. If he means that Bishop Gaydos doesn’t hear them then he is telling the truth because Bishop Gaydos won’t listen, he refuses to dialogue with anyone who disagrees with him and refuses to listen to parents. Jay Nies is in charge of making sure that none of this is ever reported in The Catholic Missourian. It’s a little creepy how uncomfortable this rosary rally made him. If anyone at the Chancery has any other career ending comments to make please report to the front desk.
This fall Bishop Gaydos, Jay Nies, and the Chancery staff who wrote the 17 page document are asking for $2,000,000 in donations from parents and parishioners of every parish in a campaign they call the “Catholic Stewardship Appeal.” They’ve got quite an attitude for a group who lives off the charity of others. If you think this is the proper way to treat your donors and you also support their agenda then by all means give them some money. Maybe, though, you can think of some less privileged people who truly need your help. Those people might hear you when you speak.
Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis can’t remember if he knew it was mandatory to report statutory rape. Just to be clear, even if he didn’t know he was a mandatory reporter of rape, as a cleric and moral authority he had an obligation to past and potential future victims to report rape. That’s why society has passed laws requiring abuse to be reported. One need not be Catholic to understand that something is wrong and that a rapist is a danger to children.
But there is in fact a document that says he did know something and like a certain Diocese of Jefferson City LGBT/Transgender Process document it was confidential at the time. Here’s the heading:
Memo to: Archbishop John R. Roach
From: Bishop Carlson
Subject: Father Tom Adamson
In summary Gregory Riedle was serving 13 months in prison for rape but he himself was abused by Father Tom Adamson. Gregory’s parents were upset that their son was in prison but Father Adamson received no punishment and in fact was still allowed to see their son. The parents reminded Bishop Carlson (Now Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis) that it was illegal for priests to have sex with 14 year old boys and that the statute of limitations wouldn’t expire for another 2.5 years. Knowing and admitting to each other that a crime was committed, did Bishop Carlson or Archbishop Roach contact police? No, but they sure documented their own inaction well. These kind of people are methodical in what they do and if they produce a 17 page document they know what it means even if they want you to think it means something else.
Watch the deposition again knowing about this 1984 rape document, is he really telling the truth there? Are the leaders of the Diocese of Jefferson City telling the truth?
Guess who played this role in the St. Louis Archdiocese a few years later?
Especially you Jefferson City Catholic leaders, just do what you’re being paid to do or be honest and join an organization that is openly paid to do what you’re actually doing. Do what you say you do in your slick Diocesan Stewardship Appeal brochures or make the brochures reflect what you actually do, since it’s such a good idea and all that.