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Saturday, September 24, 2016

“Parrot Talk”

A term that has lately been making the rounds is “parrot talk.”   Parrot talk is today’s label for the standardized speech that has replaced spontaneous conversation – phrases such as “Have a nice day,” “How may I help you,” “Welcome to WalMart” [or wherever], and all the other choreographed newspeak that people now automatically utter nowadays.  This is especially true in places like restaurants, where the words are pre-picked for employees to say:  “Hi, ‘you guys’ [to men and women alike], my name’s ‘So-and-so’; I’m your server.’’ [“waiter” and “waitress,” and “ladies” and “gentlemen,” you know, are now verboten, because they’re too “gender-specific”].  And the words are pre-picked for them because they are, in fact, required to say them.  In fact, it’s actually part of their “job description.”

The term “parrot talk” is an apt one, because it suggests mindless talk, i.e., talk that requires no rational thinking – like that of a parrot, which talks purely by mimicry -- not because it understands what it’s saying.  And the reason that many people now speak this “mindless talk” is that they have become “parrots” of sorts -- “dumbed down” to the point where they cannot speak in anything other than pre-rehearsed, choreographed lingo.  This, of course, is due in large part to the “boob tube” (TV) and the other mass media, which do peoples’ thinking for them.  “Experts” like “Dr. Phil,” “Dr. Oz.” and a whole host of other talk-show jockeys and “expert commentators” have sprung up to tell all of us what to think and say.  It has, in fact, spread to all facets of our society, with just about everybody “getting in on the act.”  And, of course, nowhere is this more apparent than at the cult centers, with their self-appointed “experts on everything.”  At SGG, they are “theologians,” “liturgists,” “Latinists” – you name it – except that they’re bogus.  In reality, they’re experts on NOTHING.

One really excellent point made recently by Pistrina Liturgica (click here for article) was about the SGG cult-masters’ mawkish characterization of the Mother of God: it sounds as though the cult masters learned their Mariology from a backward maiden-aunt who never reached the fourth grade.”  Indeed, at Dannie and Tony’s SGG, Mariologyreal Mariology – is non-existent.  But it doesn’t stop there: they are, in fact, deficient in knowledge of ALL of the other “-ologies” that real priests are supposed to learn.  (The same deficiency applies at the MHT and CMRI “seminaries”).  Not only that, but they are woefully deficient in just about every category of real Catholicism – especially Catholic morality.  They are, again, experts on NOTHING.

Dannie and Tony are – as they’ve demonstrated so many times -- nothing more than pompous, empty-headed blowhards who instead offer copious quantities of “ecclesiastical buzzwords” and syrupy sentimentality that they try to pass off as “Catholicism,” but which are totally devoid of substance.  Phrases such as “Immaculate heart of Mary,” “Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,” “Sacred Heart of Jesus,” “”Our Lady of (pick a place)” are sprinkled liberally throughout Dannie’s sermons (and his Bishop’s(?) Corner) with reckless abandon.  But as for real morality and real Catholic thinking, there isn’t any. What the cult-masters are giving their flocks is nothing more than ecclesiastical parrot talk.

And their culties, in turn, could be termed parrot listeners, because they mindlessly accept (and repeat) everything that Dannie and Tony say -- and accept it all at face value, “no questions asked.”  For them, Dannie’s sanctimonious pap passes for “holiness.”  And his unwarranted (and unnecessary) over-use of words like triduum and “men’s schola” passes for “Latin proficiency.”  At SGG, syrupy phrases like “immaculate heart of Mary” pass for “Mariology,” and the use of archaic rubrics1 (that no longer have any relevancy) passes for “Liturgical expertise.”  And, as always, Dannie’s “dolly dress-up” processions and extravaganzas pass for “real Catholicism.” 

But none of this IS Catholicism.  It is, instead, a cruel caricature of it.  As we’ve pointed out so many times, it’s all cosmetics.  If Dannie were really serious about real Catholicism and real Catholic morality, he would never have countenanced the blatant immorality2 of the 2009 SGG school scandals, nor would he have tried to cover it all up -- nor would he have “parroted” phony Tony’s depraved position on Schiavo.  And if he and Tony are such great “Latinists” and “liturgists,” why did they botch so miserably every attempt they made in those areas: “Ordo 2016,” SGG’s “calendar,” Tony’s hapless attempts at “scholarship”  (such as WHH), etc., etc., etc.    The fact is, these two boobs have failed miserably in everything Catholic – because they are NOT Catholic.

They are simply parasitic charlatans, preying on the gullible – and all for the purpose of material gain.  And, with classic cult tactics, they have done it: manipulating their followers -- plying them with pious parrot talk (mixed with fear tactics) to scare them into thinking that SGG is their “only hope for salvation” – and then cajoling them into submission.  Perhaps one day their “parrots” – er, parishioners – will wake up, and stop parroting what their cult-masters say.  Perhaps one day they will stop “towing the ‘parrot’ party line” (and letting the cult-masters do their thinking for them), and start thinking for themselves.  Perhaps one day they will wake up and see Dannie and Tony for what they are: a couple of imposters, draining them of their cash while simultaneously endangering their souls, and then reject these frauds – and LEAVE.  But meanwhile, until they get up the courage to do that, they can at least “jump-start” the process by tightening their purse-strings – that is, by STARVING THE BEAST.
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1 Dannie once “waxed poetic” in one of his Bishop’s Corners (mentioned in its footnote) about a Praegustatio” rubric.  It’s an archaic rubric that the Church (wisely) discontinued, for it consists of one of the Mass’s MC’s tasting the altar wine (before it is consecrated) to make sure that it’s not poison.  (Well, perhaps Dannie had good reason for resurrecting that rubric!  And we also wonder if he uses one of his lackeys for his “food taster” as well – for similar reasons!)


2 Dannie and Tony were warned almost a year in advance about the scandalous goings-on at SGG by one of their parishioners (who was also a teacher there at the time).  The teacher told them about the immoral behavior going on between one of the SGG principal’s son’s and one of the school’s female students (the girl got pregnant by him).  He also warned them about the principal’s sons watching porn and animal torture videos on the school computer.  Dannie and Tony ignored his warnings.  Then, on Christmas Eve 2008, said parishioner, frustrated by his futile attempts to get Dannie to acknowledge what was going on, e-mailed him about it.


Dannie replied by banning the man from the property, and then proceeded to conduct a thorough character assassination of the man.  He was characterized as being “unstable” and being a “failure.”  (See “School Dazed Revisited 2article for more detail.)  A few years later, there was even a rumor started that he was toting an AK-47 rifle (see article) and was going to terrorize that year’s SGG parish picnic!  Of course, this was pure fabrication.  And, eventually, the man’s accusations (about the SGG scandals) were borne out in fact; and Dannie and Tony’s efforts to vilify him all came to naught.  

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Yes, the “Gift” DOES Keep on Giving!

Many people wonder how we at Lay Pulpit (and Pistrina Liturgica) can find so much to write about regarding Dannie (Dolan) and Tony (Cekada), week after week.  It’s simple: Dannie and Tony “hand it to us on a silver platter,” so to speak.  They are, as we often like to say, “the gift1 that keeps on giving.”  By that, we mean that they, by their own words, incriminate themselves, thereby giving us plenty of “ammunition” to use against them.  (And for that, we thank them profusely!)  Case in point: the August 14, 2016 (Pentecost XIII) SGG Bulletin, there was a piece about SGG’s “school.”  (Click here, then go to “Back to School?” to see it.)

It went as follows: Are your children attending the sub-pagan schools? Get them...out of there. What are you waiting for? It’s not as if sub-pagan schools actually teach children English grammar and give them facility with numbers and make them familiar with the lands and rivers and seas of our world, let alone introduce them to the great works of western civilization. If your children are in the sub-pagan schools, it will require almost a miracle of God to keep them from becoming sub-pagan themselves. They too will learn to worship the three-poisoned god of our times, self, sex, State. Take for granted that everything in their classes will be sexuality and politics; even in science classes.  Shakespeare?  Sexuality and politics and nothing else.  Get them out.  Begin, if necessary, with one room and one teacher and ten children.  Begin.”

That segment was then followed by this (parenthetic) addendum: “(The above was written by Anthony Esolen in Crisis Magazine, but deserved again a place in our bulletin, as your children do at our school. And God bless our persevering home-schoolers!)”

The first paragraph (written by Anthony Esolen) was legitimate, Esolen being a still-living professor at Providence College in Rhode Island.  But the “parenthetic” reference to his quote (written by Dannie, Tony, or one of their lackeys) IS NOT.  It was just another cheap attempt by the SGG mountebanks to link themselves to a legitimate personage – and, more importantly, to give everyone (reading their trash) the impression that SGG’s “school” embodies all those qualities outlined in Esolen’s quoted passage.2   Nothing could be farther from the truth.

SGG’s “school,” – scholastically speaking – is (as the evidence has shown so many times) a DUNG HEAP.  To begin with, it is NOT accredited.  And, as for “the three R’s” (reading, writing, and [a]rithmetic), SGG fares no better than the average “lowest-common-denominator” public school (actually, not even as well).  None of SGG’s (or MHT’s) kids has ever reached any level of educational distinction (such as national merit scholar), nor do they take any of the standardized tests that are required of accredited institutions.  (For more “stats” on the school, see SGG’s School: A Bad Bargain.)

By the way, that quoted passage (from Esolen) seemed to insinuate that grammar was not taught in “sub-pagan schools.” However, we beg to differ with Prof. Esolen’s “insinuation,” if that’s what it was.  As it turns out, virtually ALL public schools (if that’s what he’s calling “sub-pagan” schools) teach grammar (and “the other two R’s”) as a matter of course.  They MUST, because government standards mandate it. 3  If children in the public schools don’t learn their grammar, etc., it’s not because the schools don’t teach it, but because the students don’t “absorb” it.  (This is especially true in inner-city schools, whose students are from families “at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder.”  Such people, as a rule, place little value on education.)

At one time, perhaps, the quality of the teachers (or the curriculum) might have been a legitimate reason for students not getting “the three R’s”; but that is no longer the case – especially in most “higher end” public schools, such as those in “good school districts.”  However, there are schools where the teaching staff (and the curriculum) are sub-standard: the cult-center schools.  Not only (as pointed out earlier) are SGG’s, MHT’s, and the CMRI’s schools not accredited, but their teachers in most cases have no credentials either.  (One of SGG’s “teachers” was the “principal’s” daughter, who was only a high-school graduate – and from SGG’s cesspool school at that.  And as for the “principal” himself – the man who heads SGG’s “school,” his “educational expertise” leaves something to be desired.4  (The same can be said for MHT’s school, most of whose “nuns” are high-school grads at best, and who have no teaching expertise whatsoever.)
“But,” one of Dannie’s bootlickers, in self-righteous indignation, might remonstrate, “Well, even though SGG might not measure up academically, the kids there are still getting a Catholic education!”  Well, the answer to that is:  NO, THEY ARE NOT.  SGG is, if you will recall, the institution whose resident “theologian” (and erstwhile “expert on everything”) – Tony Baloney (aka Erroneous Antonius) -- postulated most emphatically on the “right” of Michael Schiavo to have his wife, Terri, starved and dehydrated to death.  It is also the place where the children were taught that riding roller-coasters and wearing sport-logo headbands were mortal sins – but that watching porn, watching animal-torture videos, and impregnating a fellow student are (apparently) NOT -- as long they’re done by the principal’s sons.
SGG is, by anyone’s yardstick, a moral leper colony.  Its only “Catholicism” – as Dannie and Tony have proved so many times – is purely COSMETIC.  It is nothing more (as is MHT) than a CULT, where fear reigns, and where ignorance and intimidation are the order of the day.  And the really sad part about SGG’s “school” is that the Gerties are paying a PREMIUM for it.  If they really knew what the “principal” and his family were being paid for providing this academic train wreck, they’d be in a pretty foul mood indeed!

Another “sad” (but true) thing is the sanctimonious pap Dannie added at the end of the other remarks (in the aforementioned Bulletin) about SGG’s school: “And God bless our persevering home-schoolers.”  It’s “sad but true” because there is (for once) “more truth than poetry” in that remark -- because those home-schoolers are at least getting a better education than those poor suckers at SGG’s “school.”  Another point to ponder -- and this is a really scary thought -- is that, as bad as SGG’s school is, it’s probably better than what those poor schmucks are getting at MHT’s sewer.  At least at SGG, students are not used (at least regularly) as “janitors.”  But in either case, though (SGG or MHT), the parents are “paying through the nose” for an absolutely WORTHLESS “education.”  (Now that IS a scary thought!!)

What we suggest to Dannie is that he and Tony dissolve the school, before SGG’s parishioners “dissolve” him, Tony, and the “principal.”  And we also suggest that, in future, Dannie and Tony both refrain from opening their mouths about “how good” their school is (or from promoting any of their other “ventures”).  Their “success rate” for doing such has been nothing short of catastrophic (their “Ordo 2016,” their “calendar,” Tony’s excremental “videos,” etc., etc., etc.).  But we know that they won’t refrain.  They can’t help themselves: they’ll keep making the same mistakes over and over again – “the gift that keeps on giving.”  And for that, as we’ve often said before, “we are eternally grateful.”

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1 The word “gift” is very apropos -- in both English and German.  As an English word, it is appropriate, because it certainly IS a gift for us at Lay Pulpit (and Pistrina) to have Dannie provide us with so much “ammo” to use against him.  And, auf Deutsch, it’s also appropriate, because “das Gift” (in German) means poison – and Dannie’s verbal screw-ups certainly ARE “poison” -- for him and Tony, that is!

2 It was probably Checkie’s idea (to link themselves to Esolen).  He did a similar bit of misrepresentation some years back (just as Dannie is doing now with his plagiarized “Latin for You”), when he wrote the article School Dazed -- his (futile) attempt to “defuse and deflect” the hard evidence of the scandalous events that occurred at SGG’s school back in 2009.  A refuting article, School Dazed Revisited (click here for it), shows how, in the very beginning of his School Dazed, Tony tried to mislead the reader, just as he and Dannie are doing now in the Bulletin piece.  (We recommend, by the way, reading the entire School Dazed Revisited article, as well as all of its sequels, here, here, here, here, and here.  They absolutely DESTROY every one of the arguments in Tony’s original School Dazed article.)

3 Prof. Esolen knows this: he knows that public schools (as well as Novus Ordo schools) have high academic standards.  Therefore, his insinuation is both na├»ve and irresponsible.  True, public schools have no “religious standards,” but neither do many traddie schools – at least those at the cult centers.  The public schools might teach no morality – but the cult centers preach wrong morality.  As they’ve proved so many times, they’re good at marketing the cosmetics of Catholicism, but not its substance.

By the way, it is, shall we say, “curious” that Dannie and Tony picked Prof. Esolen to quote, because he is a professor at Providence College, a Dominican institution (and, hence, a Novus Ordo one).  So, why would Dannie and Tony choose to quote from a “Novus Ordo Catholic” (whom they claim to be not Catholic)?  Why would they “consort with the enemy,” so to speak?  Why?  Because Dannie is not above using anyone, “friend” OR “foe,” to suit his purpose -- that’s why.  (Dannie did the same thing with the late Bernie Brueggemann  -- using his name several times for its “propaganda value” with the Gerties, who still revere Bernie’s memory.  And, as we mentioned before, he’s been doing it a lot lately with his plagiarized “Latin for You,” using someone else’s material, and passing it off as if it were his own.)

Bottom line: as to whether Esolen’s claims are true or not, is totally immaterial; he is not talking about the cult centers’ schools, but something else.  And besides, the cult centers cannot “ride in on the coattails” of what he said, because their schools, by and large, are the absolute worst.  It is they, not the “sub-pagan schools,” that are woefully deficient in everything -- academics AND “religion.”  And the worst part of it is, the Gerties are paying a premium for this garbage that SGG’s “school” puts out.

4 The following anecdote should give one some idea of the level of “erudition” of the principal himself: Once, after uttering the oft-repeated (but erroneous) phrase, “between you and I,” he (the principal) was accosted by a parishioner, who corrected him, saying, “No, Mark, it’s ‘between you and me.’”  Whereupon, the “principal” – miffed that anyone would dare “challenge” him -- condescendingly retorted, “No, ‘between you and I’ is correct.”  The parishioner, undaunted (and not backing down), countered, “No, ‘between you and me’ is correct – and I’m sure that your grammar book says so.”  Whereupon, the “principal” – visibly irked by such “impertinence” -- fired back (in an even more irritated and authoritarian tone), “No, it [the book] says that ‘between you and I’ is correct.”  At this point, the parishioner, realizing that he was dealing with an intransigent ass, walked away.  So, with a “headmaster” like that, one ought to have a fair idea of what to expect from this “school,” and what passes for “erudition” there at Dannie’s Dunce Factory.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

“Catholics”(?)

In recent years, there has been much debate (and contention) about what constitutes real Catholicism (especially in Traddieland!).  So, what is “Catholic”?  Is “being Catholic” saying all the right prayers and observing all the right rites and rubrics?  Is it “observing all the fast and abstinence rules” or “not missing Mass on Sunday and holy days of obligation”?  Is that what gets one to heaven?  Of course not.  If that were so, then the Pharisee in Christ’s parable (about the Pharisee and the publican) would be “justified.”  The irony today is that many traddies – especially those at the SGG and MHT cult centers -- are exactly like that Pharisee in the parable – and like the “tinkling cymbal” and “sounding brass” in St. Paul’s epistle.  

In fact, they are functionally Protestant in many ways; and, conversely, many Protestants are functionally Catholic.  Many professed Protestants, for instance – in spite of their “fides sola” precept stating that all that’s necessary for “salvation” is “accepting Jesus” and that good works are not necessary), live and act as if they are.  They know, either consciously or unconsciously, that we are responsible for our actions, and that there are moral (and legal) consequences if we do wrong.1  So, although their religion claims that “good works don’t count,” their behavior signifies otherwise.

Traddies, on the other hand, claim (as they should) that good works are necessary for salvation – but the problem is, their actions don't match their words. Like the Pharisee in that parable, they condemn people for things like “improper language” or “violating dress codes,” or for not coming to Dannie’s “shows” often enough.  Yet they “look the other way” in the face of BLATANT IMMORALITY -- or even pretend that it never happened.  For example, the scandalous events of 2009: they saw and knew what happened – the brutal behavior of the SGG school “principal,” the blatant immorality of his sons, and the way that Dannie ignored the pleas of the victims – yet they said (and did) nothing. 

They’ve seen also Dannie’s and Tony’s extravagant lifestyle: their “sabbaticals” to the Bishop’s Lodge, their winter “apostolates” to sunny Mexico, their penchant for fine dining and for unneeded “toys” (such as Tony’s new organ), and their wasteful spending to fix up prematurely leaking roofs and prematurely failing HVAC systems.  They’ve seen their embarrassingly failed efforts such as “Ordo 2016” and SGG’s “calendar,” and how Checkie was TOTALLY WRONG about Schiavo (as he is on virtually everything else he’s written).  They’ve seen more than enough to convince them, yet they disregard it: they still support these imposters implicitly.

The great lesson of history, it is said, is that we never learn its lesson -- that it is always doomed to repeat itself.  And that’s exactly what Dannie and Tony’s culties are doing: they plainly see what’s happening, but they never “learn” from it -- and they ignore what they want to ignore, and believe what they want to believe – no matter what happens.  If Dannie and Tony, for instance, were videoed committing an immoral act, their culties wouldn’t believe it – or, if they were forced to admit it, they’d "explain it away" it as “irrelevant.”

For Dannie and Tony, being “Catholic” has always been about how many Hail Mary’s one says or about how many Rosary processions one attends, not about how one treats his fellow man.  Our Lord bade us to “love thy neighbor as thyself,” and to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  But what have Dannie and Tony done?  How have they “done unto” Terri Schiavo, or all those SGG school kids victimized back in 2009?  And their culties -- how have they “done unto others”?  Let’s look at one typical example: an SGG parishioner once berated a man as “un-Catholic” for uttering a word (commonly used to indicate bovine waste) to describe something that Dannie had said about the man’s father (see A Pristine Case of Hypocrisy); but she totally ignored the fact that Dannie’s words were bald-faced lies – and that the man was totally justified in saying what he did about Dannie.

Another example: a woman (from Sanborn’s Brooksville cult) who regularly condemns other women for being “scantily clad” (i.e., wearing “shorts,” etc.) was seen recently at a local establishment, wearing “short shorts” (and a halter top).  But such behavior is typical amongst culties: they say one thing but do another.  However, who can blame them?  After all, they’re only emulating what their cult-masters do!  The SGG and MHT cult centers are Tradistan’s benchmarks for double-standard hypocrisy.

Many Protestants, on the other hand, often lead exemplary lives.  In one of our articles, for example, we reported about a group of Baptist missionaries’ children who suffered beheading at the hands of their ISIS captors rather than renounce Christ (click here for article).  We referred to them as “martyrs.”  Later, however, one of Sanborn’s MHT letter-of-the-law lunatics (his depraved “prefect,” we believe) reportedly stated that, technically, they were NOT “martyrs” (because one must be Catholic to be termed a “martyr”).  Well, we think we know what God thinks of such “technicalities” (and, for that matter, what he thinks of Anthony Cekada’s remarks about Terri Schiavo).2  One thing for sure: those kids (and Terri) will see heaven long before Dannie, Tony, or any of the other cult-master scum does (that is, if the latter ever do).3

Historically, Protestantism has been condemned by the Church (and rightly so) for its “heterodox doctrines” (aka heresy).  But guess who else is doing the same: the cult-masters!  Without any authority (or jurisdiction) whatsoever, they promulgate their pet “doctrines” – such as their “una cum” nonsense – passing off these personal opinions as “articles of faith,” and denying the sacraments to anyone who doesn’t “comply.”  And, when they do make such rules, they administer them selectively -- with no apparent rhyme or reason as to who must obey them, except for the one criterion that always applies: MONEY.4  

The bottom line here is that, like his “show,” Dannie’s (and his fellow cult-masters’) “Catholicism” is – to repeat -- purely cosmetic, not real.  Functionally, he and they are Protestant (actually, something less than that).  The cult-masters preach “Catholicism” (and sometimes not), but don’t live by its precepts.  In reality, they have become a blend of neo-Puritanism and religious totalitarianism, all designed to keep their followers in timorous servitude, and themselves in luxury.  They are nothing more than swindlers taking advantage of peoples’ innate sense of good will, fair play, and generosity – and exploiting them in every way imaginable.

The problem is that traddies – by and large -- are tailor-made for such exploitation, because they have been carefully brought up to OBEY – and, all too often, to BLINDLY obey.  And blind obedience – obedience without discernment – is dangerous.  It is the kind of thing that fosters (and perpetuates) CULT behavior – the kind that typifies SGG and MHT.  What traddieland needs is a good dose of common sense (which, in Traddieland, is in short supply), along with some intellectual honesty.  Traddies need to stop pretending about what they know is wrong.  They need to realize that Catholicism is more than “cosmetics” -- fancy ceremonies, letter-perfect rubrics, and affected, pretentious “holy-speak” – and that real Catholicism is about living by Catholic principles, i.e., about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.  It’s as simple as that. 

Real Catholicism is about real virtues.  It’s about real humility, not the false Uriah Heep “humility” of Dannie’s “apology sermon”5 (that was nothing more than camouflaged pride), in which he “apologized” to his parishioners, then proceeded to put the blame on someone else (without, by the way, offering any proof of such).  It is about real wisdom, not about Cekada’s smarmy, specious sophistry (whether written, or in his videos).  It is about real goodness, not about the Dannie’s empty, syrupy sanctimony (or the fault-finding, back-biting neo-Puritanism of his followers).  But most of all, it’s about CHARITY – the charity that Dannie and Tony never had for those victimized school kids (and their parents) back in 2009 -- or for Terri.  Traddieland needs to heed St. Paul’s words: And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.”  Until that happens, Traddieland will never be truly Catholic.
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1 Common sense dictates that such an irrational precept is wrong, that we must all live by (and operate according to) moral precepts, and that there are moral (and legal) consequences if we don’t.  Protestants, as we, live by Catholic principles – which is the only true, rational moral compass for humanity.  As Belloc so rightly pointed out, it is Catholic principles which have “set the tone” for moral conduct through the ages.  And, even though we live in a pluralistic society, people live by the Catholic principle that we are responsible for our actions. Our whole legal system, for example, is set up that way.  Otherwise, the alternative is anarchy and chaos.  (Luther, for one, found that out.  He noted with chagrin that his followers took his “fides sola” creed literally, and hence were degenerating into debauched, dissipated behavior.) 

But today, unfortunately, the opposite is happening: immoral – not moral – behavior  is “setting the tone” for society.  Little by little, old moral precepts are being abandoned, and being supplanted by a “new morality,” where things like abortion and homosexuality not only are no longer sins, but are protected “rights” under the law; and open immorality of every sort is now “the standard.”  In fact, standing up for one’s Catholic principles -- speaking out against homosexuality, for instance -- is soon becoming a “hate crime” subject to criminal prosecution.  Meanwhile, things such as “wasting energy” and “not being ‘green’” are becoming today’s new “sins.”

Of course, some might claim that Dannie & Co. also echoes the same sentiments regarding some of what we’ve just said.  But the difference is that Dannie et al do not practice what they preach (as they’ve demonstrated so, so many times in the past – and continue to do).  Dannie (sometimes, that is) “waxes poetic” about Catholic precepts, but he never adheres to them (as he did in 2009, as Tony did on Schiavo, etc., etc. etc.).  So, to those claimants, we say, “We hear you – but we don’t believe you.”

 2 While Phony Tony, (SGG’s “traditional priest” and “authority on everything”) was justifying Terri Schiavo being starved and dehydrated to death, a Novus Ordo priest (Fr. Frank Pavone) was there at her bedside, doing everything he could to comfort her in her final death agony.  As our Lord asked in His parable about the Good Samaritan, who was Terri’s “neighbor” in this case?  We think you know the answer to that one.

3 It’s ironic that Dannie, commenting in his July 31, 2016 ’Corner about a priest (in Normandy) recently slain by Moslems, remarked, “The sight of a priest, his throat slit by Moslems, should open some Christian eyes…”  Well, Dannie, how about those Baptists kids (whom we just mentioned) who were slain?  We know that you regularly read our articles (as we do your ‘Corner), so you know what we said about those kids – so why did you not ever mention them?  Do they not “count” because they were Protestant?  Shouldn’t that “open some Christian eyes” as well?

The other “ironic” thing is that the French priest did not “die for his Faith.”  [On the contrary, he compromised his Faith by pandering to these Islamic scum.]  But he bore mentioning by Dannie, while those Baptist kids, who did die for theirs, apparently merited (and got) NO mention, because they were NOT “Catholic.”  But this, again, is what so typifies the cult-masters: double-standard behavior.  Also, one final irony is that Dannie himself is not Catholic, and thus has no reason (or justification) to “throw stones” at anyone else.  (Oh yes, he’s perhaps “Catholic” in the same sense as that Pharisee in Christ’s parable was “valid” – but he’s not Catholic in practice – nor, in our opinion, is he in any other sense of the word.)

4 A prime example of this was the celebrated “triple-play” Requiem Mass (actually, three Requiem Masses celebrated simultaneously by three different priests) for the deceased Novus Ordo spouse of a big SGG donor, while the Novus Ordo mother of a not-so-well-to-do SGG parishioner was denied a Requiem Mass (and last rites).  The discerning criterion was -- as you already know -- MONEY.  But this is the rule at the cult centers.  The “elite” (the rich who are big donors) get whatever they want (and DO whatever they want), while the poor get nothing -- but must “obey.”


5 For those (in non-English speaking countries) who may not be familiar with Uriah Heep, he (Heep) was a fictional character (in Charles Dickens’ novel, David Copperfield) who was noted for his phony, cloying “humbleness.”  Dannie’s “humbleness” – although of a different style, is just as counterfeit and disgusting.  By the way, for a written transcript of Dannie’s “apology sermon,” click here.  (An audio recording of it was, at one time, also available in SGG’s sermon “archives,’ but has since been removed.  Gee, we wonder why!)

Saturday, August 6, 2016

He who exalts himself…

One of Tradistan’s inherent traits is that it is basically a “feudal” society (in both the historic political sense, and in the literal sense): a disjointed mish-mash of competing cults, all going in different directions, and (of course) all feuding with one another -- and at one another’s expense.  Each tries to convince everyone that it is the only “ark of salvation,” and that the others are “invalid” (or “flawed” in some way) – and each has its own pet reasons why this is so.  Each has its own particular axe to grind, to promote itself (and to disqualify everyone else).

Sometimes it’s rubrics that separate them, and sometimes it’s “doctrine” (or what they perceive as doctrine), making sure that these differences are irresolvable (so that they can perpetually argue about them, and continue to claim some sort of exclusivity to differentiate them from one another).  With the Dimonds, it’s “baptism of desire.”  And with Dannie and Tony, it’s “una cum.”  Big Don (who was actually the first to beat the “una cum” drum) is best known for his trademark “hellfire and brimstone.”  The CMRI, on the other hand, has nothing really “distinguishing” it, except perhaps that, in a sede world known for the poor formation of its priests, theirs are extra poor -- from the top down.  (Pivarunas, their leader, didn’t even finish high school).1

But, feudal mini-lords that they are, there are some common threads that loosely bind them together.  For instance, they’re all sedevacantists of one type or another (although their reasons vary).2   And there are some “alliances” that unite some of them (SGG and MHT, for instance).  But the biggest thread of commonality running through Tradistan – at least in the “Bishop-led” cults -- is that they all try to emulate the pre-Vatican II Church “in all its pomp and glory,” – its cosmetics, that is.  Whether it’s Dannie’s SGG, Big Don’s MHT (or CMRI, or the Dimond Brothers, or any of Tradistan’s other entertainment hubs), each tries to outdo the other with its letter-perfect ceremonies (done “down to the nth detail”) and all the other trappings to make it look as “traditional” as possible.

In just about all of the “Bishop-led” cults, their leaders are self-appointed mini-potentates, all trying to outdo each other at “spectacle” and at “playing dolly dress-up” – and all acting as if it were they who were occupying the chair of St. Peter.  And, accordingly, they imagine that they should be accorded all the pomp and deference due to real clergy.  The problem, though, is that, being outside the institutional Church, they are NOT real clergy.  They have no such credentials whatsoever.1  And that being the case, NONE of these “bishops” has the right to any of the ceremonial privileges associated with the office of bishop.

Of course, Dannie (and the others) demands such deference not because he wants to “keep the traditions of the Faith,” but because it’s what a cult-master must do to keep the sheep in “shock and awe.”  He does it not because he is “religious,” but because he is worldly and arrogant.  Plus, such pretense is necessary in order to impress his Gerties -- to make them think that he’s “the real thing” – and, consequently, to convince them to empty their wallets for him. 

This, of course, is what got the Church in trouble in the first place: its worldliness.  By the late Middle Ages, it had become the richest and most powerful force on the planet – and it became corrupt and worldly.  And it was this corruption that, in many ways, precipitated the Protestant Revolt.3  What the cult-masters of Tradistan are doing is making that mistake all over again – except that they are in many respects even worse than their medieval counterparts. 4

And as for their over-the-top “pomp and protocol,” we’re sure that when our Lord bade the apostles to “go and teach all nations,” He did not intend for them to exalt themselves -- to be rich, proud peacocks, bidding their people to bow down before them in groveling fealty, as the cult-masters relish (and demand).  Rather, He taught the opposite: that “he who exalts himself shall be humbled” -- and vice versa.  And our Lord set that example by humbling Himself – “even unto the death of the cross.”  (And so too did our Lady: she was humanity’s model for humility.)  It is safe to say that, if the Church’s clergy had followed their example, the Church certainly wouldn’t be in the mess that it’s in now.5

But one might ask, “What about “respect for the cloth?”  Well, respect is one thing, but groveling servility is another – especially when it is totally unwarranted and unearned.6  Also, “obeying the precepts of the Church” is one thing, and mindless submission to whatever the cult-masters say -- whether it’s right or not -- is quite another.  These “make-it-up-as-they-go-along” imposters try to pass themselves off as “authorities,” when in fact they’re only autocratic; and they masquerade as patrician, when they are merely pretentious.  In totally disregarding everything that our Lord said about humility, these vainglorious tinhorns have forfeited whatever right to respect they may have ever once had (or claim to have had).

If the Church is to reform – to really reform -- it must practice the humility of its Founder – not the faux “humility” of “Franken-Pope” or the cult-masters.   It can do this only if good, selfless men – men who are truly detached from the things of this world – take the helm.  In fact, it’s not just necessary for reforming, it’s necessary for survival.  The Tridentine reforms of men like St. Francis of Assisi were a good start; but now that work must be re-started.  How this will play out, we are not certain.  But one thing is for sure: whatever is done, it must include getting rid of the self-serving, pampered prima donnas of Tradistan, and replacing them with men who lead by example, not by decree.  They who have exalted themselves must be humbled; and one can help set that “humiliation process” in motion by not supporting these bums -- by keeping one’s wallet in one’s pocket, i.e., by starving the beast.
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1 They’re also known for their “wishy-washy” attitude – for not taking a stand on critical moral issues.  For instance, when one of his wealthy parishioners asked him if it was okay for their daughter to get a heart transplant, Pivarunas okayed it (because he was afraid he’d lose them as donors if he didn’t).  Of course, he didn’t want this generally known, because of the controversy it would create.  He has also taken a non-committal attitude on other critical moral issues as well, for fear of “ruffling feathers.”  In short, he has shown himself to be a spineless coward.

2 Being a “sede” is not only important as the “differentiation” ploy, but – since it claims that there’s no “boss” there in Peter’s chair -- it also allows one to be answerable to nobody – and thus allows one not only to make up whatever rules he wants, but to be able to break them as well.  It also allows cults to have one set of rules for the cult-masters (and their “elite” families), and another for the poor schmucks who make up the congregation – in other words, a double standard.

3 The Protestant Revolt was just as much an economic revolt as it was a religious one.  Church prelates were becoming “fat and rich”; and abuses such as simony and lay investiture were causing much resentment (as was the selling of indulgences).  Also, bishops and cardinals regularly had mistresses, (as did even a few popes).  The late Middle Ages were truly a dark chapter in the Church’s history.  It was only AFTER the Protestant Revolt that real reform took place – and it’s time for that reform to start again.

4 The Church in the late Middle Ages, corrupt as it was, at least ran hospitals and charitable institutions to help the sick and needy.  All the cult-masters provide is a “show” (and an occasional  “serf appreciation party” for the cult-slaves, who get peasant fare, while the cult-masters feast on gourmet food and fine wines).

5 That being said, this writer seriously doubts if our Lord intended for his apostles (and those who followed) to be addressed as “Your Grace,” “Your Excellency,” etc.  Many of these clerical titles (and protocols) were actually taken from secular counterparts.  “Your Excellency,” for instance, was (and still is) used to address certain high-ranking officials (such as governors, ambassadors, etc.); and “Your Grace” was how one addressed a duke.  And much of the protocol for clergy is derived from that used by secular nobility. 


6 The point was made earlier about traddie “clergy” – being outside the institutional Church – not being entitled to any clerical “protocol” anyway.  But even if people like Dannie, Tony, and Donny were “inside the Church,” they wouldn’t warrant any such deference, for the simple reason that they don’t deserve it -- because they are SCUM.