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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

New Bishop named for Jefferson City Diocese.

Wichita Priest Named Bishop for Jefferson City Diocese

For once we send you to the Diocesan website for more information on Bishop McKnight

Notice at the bottom of the Diocesan article this little snippet:  “The Diocese of Jefferson City comprises 22,127 square miles. It has a total population of 920,234 people of which 81,958 or 11 percent, are Catholic.”  It used to be higher than 11 percent if it’s even that high now, possibly double that.  Lets pray things head back in that direction.

Fr. McKnight makes his statement here.  Here are some relevant parts of the statement, highlights are ours:

“I am especially keen to learn how we are evangelizing those in our community, especially the youth, and how we are promotinga culture of vocations among them.  I anticipate that there will be opportunities for me to hear from the priests, deacons, religious and laity about your hopes and aspirations for our church.”

       We hope so.  Ask the laity the state of things here, there has been little or no dialogue with them up to this point.  Parents hope and aspire to raise Catholic children and avoid the destruction this culture wreaks upon so many young people, wishing for the clergy to at minimum leave them alone, administer sacraments, and not make things harder. 

“I can look back now and recognize more clearly how important my
social environment enabled me to hear the call to the ministerial
priesthood, and how it empowered me to respond in faith.”
      We think Catholic School social environment is very important, and that it’s under attack.  After February 6th our new Bishop will have a chance to interview his potential staff and then make decisions confirming how important that social environment really is to him.
    Here are some good goals in the statement:
“-To foster a healthy, unified and resilient presbyterate for a flourishing, united and resilient church.”
      The lay parents and some of the Chancery staff and clergy aren’t unified on a major moral issue.  A Bishop can’t leave the staff and conditions as they are and achieve this goal.   
“-To prioritize the pastoral care of the family.”
      The LGBT/Transgender process disrupts Catholic families. 
 “-To have a passion for evangelization, especially of our youth.”
     We need God’s help accomplishing this.  One could start by administering the sacrament of Confirmation before the age of puberty.  The almost complete absence of Junior High and High School children from Sunday Masses and the confession line is a clue that their faith becomes shaky early.  If the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit can’t help this problem then preaching to them won’t either.  The world usually has more appealing preaching, ask anyone who’s been on Facebook or been to a rave or a rock concert.  We’d remind every parent that even most Catholic school kids are absent from Sunday Mass and that NORMAL for kids now is to not mention God.  Denying him is celebrated in this culture.  And unfortunately for parents in an anti-God culture by nature it’s very difficult to overcome a person’s need to conform to the group. 
 “-To take seriously the moral commitment the bishops of the United States
have made in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”
  The Transgender agenda is the opposite of protecting children and young people from abuse.
“I hope and pray that in being a bishop for you, you may tangibly see my personal
faith and love for Christ, and for you
his people.”
     We pray this includes the lay parents and children because they are God’s people too.  
“I ask for your prayers for me and Bishop Gaydos in this time of transition between now and my ordination and installation on February 6th in St. Joseph Cathedral.”
     We all should add this man to a daily Rosary, along with all the Clergy of the Diocese.  Transfer of power can be a stressful time for hierarchical organizations, like a legal discovery process for the first time in 20 years.  People have to explain their actions and also decide whether to take a risk and try to hide things or to reveal them.   That is before the question becomes: what did you know and when did you know it?  

 

St. Joseph Cathedral School Handbook: A reference manual for principals and school board members.

St. Joseph Cathedral School Parent and Student Handbook

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
events.
All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their
biological gender.

 

Helias President Fr. Stephen Jones takes a defiant stand against. . . . whistleblowers and pen names.

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):

https://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Jones/725980228

Stephen Jones

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:

“Another thing that I noticed is that they are publicly using the excuse that an anonymous letter will not receive due attention (even if the content is true and verifiable) simply because it is anonymous.  The irony is that personally signed letters that are true and verifiable also go unaddressed, they just don’t announce that publicly.  I have lots of proof of that.
The final comment I would like to make is that there is a very humorous trend that I have noticed in the institutional Church.  The word dialogue is used frequently and in almost every case it is in reference to reaching out towards those who disagree with the Church.  However, they never, and I mean never, dialogue with those that believe in the importance of Truth and fidelity.  Dialogue has become a clear indicator of an unfaithful cleric or Church leader that has sympathies for or is engaged in some form of heresy or infidelity.  What they are saying is that they want to engage in discussions on how to change, ignore, undermine or otherwise dismiss Truth.”

Catholic (Diocese) Stewardship Appeal. Don’t do it.

Read this again:   CSA Scripture Quotes

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. 

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Collegiality Vs. Cronyism

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.

Catholic Missourian Editor Jay Nies on Bishop Gaydos’ refusal to dialogue, (He doesn’t hear you)

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.

 

Occult Behaviour in the Church.

Occult:       “to shut off from view or exposure :cover, eclipse”

Occult behaviour has crept into the Church in various forms but one form involves covering up crimes of the clergy against children.   People have desired to protect the Church from bad publicity for some time and some Bishops did succeed in covering up awful things for a long time.  The problem was that the cover up of evil meant that evil men weren’t rooted out of the Church and their sins continued to hurt other people.  Evil men like their crimes to be occulted.  After all the damage this has done to the Church, can there still be Catholics who think it’s a good idea to hide evil for some supposed collective good?

The other problem with this occult behavior regarding evil crimes is that it denies innocent wronged individuals justice and protection for the sake of the ephemeral collective good.  The Church teaches that her members are the Body of Christ. Allowing evil to remain hidden and to continue damages the Body of Christ by harming it one member at a time, while often later being revealed anyway. This means that it damages the collective good spiritually while growing worse, eventually doing even more damage to the reputation of the Church than it would have if revealed early on.

One offshoot of this occult attitude is the opinion some people have that the Jefferson City Diocese Transgender process shouldn’t be publicized to the lay faithful or the general public.  The thought here must be that the clerics and the hierarchy are the only ones who have the authority or ability to deal with such things.  In the last 50 years how did that work out with other forms of child abuse?  Since the children in question belong to the lay parents they have the responsibility to form them and protect them.  Parents can’t do that if threats to their children remain occult.  Furthermore, how in the world can the hierarchy alone solve these problems if they originated them?  Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  “Who will guard the guards themselves?” -Juvenal Satires (Satire VI, lines 347–348).

Occulting a dangerous Process in the Church post 2002 is as Jay Leno said on the Battle of the Jaywalk Allstars:  “So you saw it was wrong and you decided to go with it?”

In fact the State of Missouri has laws punishing the covering up of abuse, https://dss.mo.gov/cd/pdf/guidelines_can_reports.pdf

The Church ought not be outdone by secular laws.

The skeletons in the closet often come out on their own anyway but lets not be occult about it along the way.  skeleton-in-the-closet

Pedophile Priest With HIV who Raped 30 Children Forgiven by Church: A Possible Hoax.

http://www.alternativenewsnetwork.net/pedophile-priest-hiv-raped-30-children-forgiven-church/

That article appears to be a hoax, according to patheos.com

The deposition of Archbishop Carlson and the child rape cases behind it are not a hoax.

The Patheos article makes a good point:  “Maybe the bigger story is how the Church has been so awful with regards to its handling of child abuse cases and rape scandals that the public’s first reaction to hearing about Ataulfo’s alleged acquittal was, “Yeah, it’s probably true. The Church would totally do something like that.” That’s something the Church will have to continue to fix moving forward.”

This is important because what Bishop Gaydos proposes in his process includes child abuse.  http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-the-lgbt-agenda-is-an-active-threat-to-our-children/

 

 

Archbishop Robert Carlson didn’t know that not reporting sex with children was a crime.*

*And is apparently the only adult alive who doesn’t know, or remember if he knew, the term “Statutory Rape.”  Clergy unaware of the term please see the definition here.

It is important to know who your Church leaders are and why we oppose their radical process.  According to NBC News, with information taken from a video deposition before a sexual abuse trial, Archbishop Carlson doesn’t know if he knew at the time that failure to report priests having sex with children was a crime back in the 80’s when “Carlson’s role at the time was to investigate abuse claims.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/st-louis-archbishop-didnt-know-sex-children-was-crime-n127291

Here is the video of a short segment of his deposition where he basically states that he doesn’t know if he knew what statutory rape was or whether or not he was obligated to report it to the police.  Youtube also has the full 3 hour deposition if you can stomach it.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=upW7SHAjSEA

You can’t flunk this quiz:

  1. We can conclude from his deposition that Archbishop Carlson either:

A. Was so incompetent that he didn’t know the law surrounding the statutory rapes he was investigating, or was so clerical as to be completely dismissive of civil laws at the time.  

B. Lied up to 193 times in the deposition

C. Is suffering from long term memory loss or dementia. 

D. Has powerful friends to protect.

E. All of the above.

Any of the above should be disqualifying for the office he holds and the power he wields over schools in each Diocese over which he is the Regional Metropolitan.

So naturally, since he didn’t know it was a crime, he “admitted in his deposition that he never personally went to police, even when a clergy member admitted to inappropriate behavior.*”  We know for a fact that he knew children were raped and molested but we can’t say for sure if he knew that rape was illegal.  Maybe civil law just wasn’t on his radar at the time.

*Priests sexually assaulting children is indeed inappropriate behavior, to put it extremely mildly.

Regardless of his personal piety at this time these responses should throw up a huge red flag.  This is the man that is the direct authority over Bishop John Gaydos and the man who Gaydos stayed with for some time this last May.  That is why it matters not just what the LGBT/Transgender process says but who is behind it and why they are pushing it.  If you support the process you should still be very concerned about who is pushing it and why and what the skeletons in their closets will mean for that agenda.  These aren’t the people you will want to come out of the closet on your side.  Despite the continued media coverage and local pressure the Chancery and the Bishop have not budged on the issue and will not dialogue about it.  We can’t help but wonder just how much filth would have to be revealed to convince them to do the right thing.  These two Bishops control a very large school system and have authority over what happens in their schools and it matters very much what they do and think about the abuse of children.  And as you can see in the deposition it mattered to a lot of abused children what Carlson thought about telling the truth to police, and how dismissive he might have been about civil law.

In the early Church the Roman Martyrs would refuse to offer a pinch of incense to the Emperor.  Some local authorities would allow them not to offer the pinch but rather only let it be written that they did.  These Christians would refuse to even let it be written that they did something that they did not do and they would be tortured to death for their defense of that truth.  These videos show the opposite of that martyrdom, and in this current hierarchy a man is apparently promoted for such coverups.   Reading the lives of the saints is edifying: people courageously undergoing torture for their beliefs.  Out of that courage the Church thrived.  Reading the lives of those involved in this process has quite the opposite affect: it is spiritually corrosive.  Out of their corrosive behavior the Church shrinks.

Despite how severe these posts may seem we have hesitated to make this blog too personal beyond the scope and time of the current process.  We’ve avoided a lot of skeletons that are simply a matter of public record.  But if child abuse is the topic the Diocese wishes to be stubborn on then we can only take their lead.  For the children who were abused things already were very personal.  Four months has been plenty of time for the process leaders to listen to families, yet they will not.  Four months is also plenty of time for people to begin to talk and connect the dots to their own stories.  The more media coverage there is, the more people talk.  The potential spiritual and physical abuse of children should be the final straw for every parent in the Diocese.  It would be better for there to be no Church here than to have a Church that condones and promotes forms of physical and spiritual abuse thereby scandalizing Catholics and others alike so that they wouldn’t consider being Catholic.  The Catholic Church lost entire countries to Protestantism for 500 years partly due to scandals 500 years ago, generations of families.  Large numbers of abused and fallen away Catholics in this Diocese have decided the same over the last few decades.  One thing you will rarely encounter: parents who pull their kids from Catholic schools but then return them and families who leave the Church due to scandal but then return.  When there is scandal and nothing is done about it the problem grows so that when it erupts people are lost to the schools and the Church for good.  That, more than temporarily restricting donations, threatens the existence of the Catholic schools.

 

 

 

The National Catholic Reporter, hijackers, and some very bad math.

     The National Catholic Reporter published this article on the Diocese of Jefferson City LGBT/transgender process, an article which no one from either side seems to like except Sr. Elizabeth Youngs.  She is only unhappy that parents and lay Catholics found out about it: “Among the worriers are several blogs and websites, which Superintendent of Catholic Schools Sr. Elizabeth Youngs, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, says started posting a “hijacked” copy of the document, which was meant as internal guidance for pastors and principals only.”  And they would have gotten away with it too if Scooby Doo and his friends hadn’t uncovered their plot.  Ruh Roh Shaggy, when the Diocese has it’s annual capital campaign this fall you would be excused for thinking the were selling you shares in the South Sea Trading Company, ““For carrying-on an undertaking of great advantage but no-one to know what it is!!”  Hijacking is stealing airplanes or ships and making them take a different course, which means that she is implying that information was stolen from her and that it is stealing to inform people of what the Chancery says and does.  Dialogue is theft if it contains meaning they wish to conceal.  Good is bad and bad is good you know.  These people are so arrogant and clerical that they really think they have unlimited authority over your children, that the clergy is the Church, and that it belongs to them to do with as they wish.  Folks, the Church is the body of Christ, all baptized believers, and these people exceed the authority delegated to them by the Jesus they claim to serve because Church moral law applies to them as much as anyone else.

     Dear Sister Elizabeth, please have the courtesy to inform parents before upending 2000 years of Catholic morality in education, please dialogue with parents.  “Those at the chancery claim that in the spirit of Pope Francis they are enlisting a spirit of dialogue and accompaniment,” Presberg said. “Well, there was no dialogue for the parents who have kids in the school already; and a lot of them feel extremely unaccompanied.”

In the spirit of the great South Sea Bubble we wish to point out, again, this recycled bit of very bad math:  “Hundreds of opponents attend monthly vigils near the cathedral, and the diocese has received dozens of concerned letters and phone calls.”  So you are telling us that hundreds of people drive from all over the Diocese to attend a rosary vigil and yet only dozens have written or called?

The math of Church attendance is even more, well, bad.  It’s powerful weak.  But wait, they simply wish to evangelize at all costs!  At the cost of annihilation.  Fr. Joe Corel Weighs in:  “However, Corel said, “It would almost be inconsistent to say you cannot enroll these children no matter what. If the purpose and nature of a Catholic school is to evangelize and reach out, then our stance when we visit with someone is ‘How do we bring you in?'”   Besides the very questionable idea of letting the clergy in this Diocese make decisions about homosexuality and children, Fr. Joe Corel and Bishop Gaydos haven’t brought anyone IN but they’ve helped a lot of people come OUTThey have overseen the Diocese as nearly 60% of the Catholic population left the Church along with almost the entirety of the cohort under age 30.   If you are older than 30 look around at the empty pews and recall how many people attended mass in rural parishes up into the 1980’s.  Do you remember standing room only Masses at urban parishes up until around 2002?  If senior citizens now outnumber children in your parish then the decline will accelerate.  Two things you will rarely see at Mass in this Diocese are teenagers and anyone in their 20’s.  That’s not a natural human population, it’s rather the opposite of the normal population pyramid.  Young people apparently find this Diocesan Church and the clercy unattractive.  They might try to argue that the decline is the result of the decline of the rural population in the last few decades but this cannot be the cause.  Examine the urban parishes in the two largest cities in the Diocese, Columbia and Jefferson City.  Keep in mind that this isn’t the rural South, there was a dominant Catholic population in Cole and Osage counties and a strong Catholic population throughout the Diocese, look at the Census map. One of the bright red Catholic counties in the middle of the state is Cole County, home to Jefferson City and the Cathedral.  The Population of Columbia grew from 36,650 in 1960 to 120,612 currently.  Jefferson City grew from 28,228 in 1960 to 43,013 currently.  Columbia tripled in size and Jefferson City grew by 50% (Boone County grew 220% while Cole County, home to Jefferson City, grew by 88%, Columbia annexed more land than the City of Jefferson which makes Columbia appear to grow much faster comparatively.)  Yet currently there are the same number of parishes as there were in 1960.  A healthy Church would have at least 50% more parishes and maybe even double the number.  Instead Mass attendance since the 90’s is down 40-50% and two Jefferson City parishes recently reduced the number of Sunday Mass times.  In one sense only are they evangelizing people to new parishes:  they are growing “parishes” with names like Concord Baptist Church and The Crossing.  They’ve grown large partly by absorbing fallen away Catholics.  If you interview those people you will often find devout people who were scandalized by abuse, ignored, or who were thirsty for truth even if it was only part of the truth.  Watching the obstinacy and intrigue of the Chancery should give a reader of this blog some empathy for those believers.  A word to those churches though, we have very few faithful for you to poach anymore, you are on your own in this anti-Christian culture.  Good luck to you all and to the leaders of the Diocese.

Now, knowing all of that, you can begin to understand what a betrayal it is for Bishop Gaydos, John DeLaPorte, Fr. Joe Corel, Sister Elizabeth, and Sister Julie to stand on their failure and open the Church and Catholic Schools up to a process that has been a disaster for other churches.   Membership at mainline Protestant Churches has declined precipitously, see here, and here.   These are Churches that ordain openly gay ministers and embrace the physical acts that have come to define the Gay lifestyle.  Wherever you stand on the debate about the sinfulness of those acts the indisputable fact is that most people don’t commit those acts and most Christians aren’t interested in attending a Church that considers them good.  A Christian Church that embraces homosexual acts is like a mirage in the desert, once one reaches it it ceases to exist.  It’s sterility self erases.  At the head of this Process stands Bishop John Gaydos, what does he think about the annihilation of the Catholic Church?

On the failure of dialogue and the need to halt the radical transgender process.

A couple of quick points:

If you in any way feel that the parents concerned about this radical Diocesan process need to simply dialogue with Bishop Gaydos to make things better then please understand that many people have tried to do just that with no success.  Many more have tried to dialogue with his staff, who wrote the process, and some of those people have succeeded.  The response is always the same, they repeat the talking points and dissembling language.  Therefor, if you feel dialogue is the answer, we invite you to attempt it and see how reasonable the response is and how well they acknowledge your concerns.  Good luck to you, you are dealing with a mix of pride and raw power. 

In various letters and emails the creators of this process have sought to assure concerned parents that it is not a policy and yet at the same time that they would never permit a boy identifying as a girl to use the girls bathroom.  The language is clouded by mixing the words gender and sex so that one can’t even be sure they are affirming anything or understand exactly what they are saying. Nevertheless such a statement implies a policy about bathroom use which makes us really curious as to why this hasn’t been stated publicly and clearly via the Diocesan media channels.  That’s not to say that they have publicly or clearly stated anything else about this process either.

   Parents should demand that this radical process be halted and clarified with a clear Diocesan policy before the Bishop uses distraction and dissembling language long enough to get the camels nose under the tent.  But, if having Catholic Schools that are identical to public schools is what you wish, then enjoy the process because it won’t take long and you won’t notice the pain until it’s too late.

IOU’s for the Diocese. Clip the coupons, go ahead, do it.

Here are printable IOU coupons that you can drop in the collection plate on Sunday.  The message is that we aren’t leaving the Church but rather our leaders have left us and when they return to reality the money will be there waiting.  They have to learn to stop allowing or covering up child abuse.  If this causes your local parish distress, and that would take some time anyway,  then at that time you could use your money to pay the utilities directly or pay your priest’s bills directly.  His boss has financial control over him but you have financial control over his boss.  We have all the power we need to do good, it just takes a couple dozen good and courageous people in each parish.  The priests need a little encouragement to overcome their fear.  They need your correction and also support to do their part to end abuse.  IOU’s for transparency.

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Transgender questions for Bishop Gaydos and Fr. Joe Corel.

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The Bishop and the two nuns who created this revolutionary process went to school decades ago.  They did not grow up bearing the brunt of the sexual revolution and have neither lived marriage nor raised children.  They did not cope with internet pornography as kids, it is unlikely that they had any transgender kids in their school.  But they would use their absolute authority to bring social chaos to local Catholic schools and they have so far been indifferent to the concerns of parents.  The talking points they have given priests imply that in this “mostly rural Diocese” the transgender issue just won’t come up, so don’t worry about it.  Yet we have been informed several times that there was a transgender 8th grade student at St. Peter’s Grade School in Jefferson City and that the student is going to attend Helias Catholic High School.  We plan to add to this list over time, here are some questions they refuse to answer:

Even if it happens in only 1 out of our 40 schools may a pastor of the Diocese of Jefferson City MO admit to his school a first grade girl who dresses, acts, and identifies as a boy?

If so does that child have to cease behaving in that way?

If not then if other children refuse to refer to the girl as a boy will they be reprimanded?

Later on if the child begins hormone therapy to delay puberty may or should school staff comment on that process?  May they try to discourage parents from committing what some feminists call “a criminal violation of human rights?”

Do you think it is morally permissible for a parent to give hormones to a 7 year old child that lead to sterilization?

Would you allow your priests and school staff to remain silent while a child was sterilized?  If you didn’t allow it how would you logically reconcile that with other priests admitting such children to their school?

At the proper age may a girl who identifies as a boy become an altar server?  If a pastor admits that child to the school what reasoning would he use to deny the child the opportunity to serve at the altar?

May the same person as an adult become a communion minister, or deacon, or priest?

May a man become a deacon if married to a man who identifies as a woman?

If a priest may admit a transgender child as the opposite sex then what reasoning will you use to deny the girl-now-boy access to the seminary?

If you do deny access to the altar or seminary are you not stating that the person really isn’t the sex with which they identify?

If you deny their identification in that situation wouldn’t it be a lie to go along with the transgender identity in other situations?

Is it alright for a Catholic to lie?

Think about the progression of LGBT publicity and issues over the last 10 years, do you really think the Diocese will magically avoid facing these questions in every school for the indefinite future as your priest talking point imply?  Are you living in 1955?

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“May I now become a communion minister or Deacon? If not then why?”

 

Our commentary on KRCG 13 and Columbia Daily Tribune coverage of the “process.”

The Columbia Daily Tribune, here, and KRCG 13 new in Jefferson city, here,  ran a special report on the new transgender process in Diocesan Catholic Schools.  We’d like to review some of the highlights of the KRCG report because Bishop Gaydos and Sister Youngs either don’t understand logic or are trying very hard to conceal their intent and what will actually happen as a result of their use of authority to instruct pastors.    We’ll quote the article and then add commentary in bold:

“Representatives with the diocese said they needed to give guidance to principals and pastors on what to do in situations when children had gender concerns or came from non-traditional backgrounds.”  This implies that the Chancery is guiding principals and pastors to a conclusion on what to do, not just passively letting them make the decision.  

“We’re not teaching that to be gay and lesbian or to be transgender or bisexual is right,”  So we can conclude that they think being gay and lesbian, transgender, or bisexual isn’t right. 

“They’re all created by God and they all have dignity because they’re God’s children. And if their parents want them to have a Catholic school education, then we want to be partners with those parents in bringing those children into the faith,”  Since being gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender isn’t right then bringing the children into the faith must involve these children believing their own identity isn’t right which means the transgender child must reject being transgender before being admitted to the school.  

“Sister Brandt said the document was only guidance and ultimately it was up to pastors and principals to decide whether they enrolled non-traditional students.”  Though they admit that that being transgender isn’t right they have decided to let pastors admit those children as they are if they wish.  

“In a letter from Bishop John Gaydos to pastors on the topic, he said, in part, “I support the development and presentation of this program that promotes our Catholic moral teachings and supports the role of pastor to act in the best interests of the people of this parish.”  Which is it Bishop Gaydos? Your staff are saying that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender isn’t right which means your support of Catholic moral teaching precludes you from accepting such behavior in a school.  Yet you support the pastor if he thinks admitting these children is in the best interest of his parish? This is textbook duplicity.  

Jackie Marcink, the president of Mid-Missouri Pridefest, gets pretty close to the mark and should be praised for her clear consistent thought:

“I feel like it’s a bit of a front,” she said. “These families and children still have to abide by their covenant of trust which explicitly says social and moral values. I’m pretty sure we all know what that means. I can’t really say that this is fair. If they don’t want LGBT families, it seems like quite a process to put people through to ensure they are agreeing to what the Catholic Church wants them to do.”  With the exception that at some schools they will be admitted if the pastor chooses.

“She said instead of putting the document out there, and setting families up for failure, the diocese should draw a line.”  We agree that the Bishop should draw the line, that it is impossible for such a family to abide by the covenant of trust, and that it is mean to put them through this muddled process. 

Sister Brandt said the diocese has an opportunity to help children, not hurt them.  Does the 17 page document clearly tell them anything about their lifestyle one way or the other?  If the Church teaches that these choices hurt them then shouldn’t the process clearly say so? 

“Our Church is very clear in its teachings, and we’re not going to say that being of those persuasions is the right way to be,” she said.  So the Bishop has drawn a line?  Yes, out of one side of his mouth.  But out of the other side Bishop Gaydos “Supports the role of the pastor to act in the best interests of the people of this parish.”  Which means he draws no line because he says that being those persuasions is harmful to a person but chooses to allow his pastors to not help them.  

The only logical conclusion one can draw from this contradictory nonsense is that Bishop Gaydos and his staff are using LGBT families and transgender children as cannon fodder to advance their own process, which is the process of revolution in our Diocese. 

If you have a moment allow us a further comment on Sister’s claim that they’ve received not more than 25 letters and 40 phone calls.  Her need to state figures implies an need for damage control.  Let’s assume, despite what we’ve seen from her, that she’s telling the truth.  In the digital age saying you only received 25 letters is like saying you only received 5 telegrams or 2 messages by Morse code.  If 25 people actually put pen to paper and mailed a letter then undoubtedly an order of magnitude more used email.  As for the 40 phone calls we implore you to call the Chancery just once and see if anyone answers.  People have left upwards of 10 voicemails in order to get one conversation, some have finally chosen to drop in unannounced.  Sister, do we need to start publishing phone calls and conversations in audio and video to get your attention?   You are just making things harder for yourself and everyone else by taking local parents for country bumpkin fools.