For the many who have already escaped the SGG viper pit, it is hard for them to imagine why any rational person would remain there. Well, a good part of the reason is this: SGG is a cult. Don’t think so? Well, let’s look at the classic example of cult, the “Jonestown” sect in Guyana, where the cult leader, Jim Jones, convinced his followers to commit mass ritual suicide by ingesting cyanide-laced Kool-Aid, resulting in the death of virtually the whole cult – over nine hundred people. One wonders how such a thing could be possible. But it happened. It happened because people were conditioned, little by little, to swallow the lies of their cult leader, Jim Jones, and to believe dogmatically and obey everything that he said – to the point of destroying themselves at his command. Were there dissidents? Yes, there were. Did anyone listen to them? Only a handful – and these were executed -- at Jones’ command -- just prior to the rest of them committing their mass suicide. Incredible, but true.
But that can’t happen at SGG, you say? Well, it has – perhaps not to the same degree; but the same mentality is at work, the same control tactics are being applied. Look at Cekada’s lies that you accepted (or at least acquiesced to) about Terri Schiavo. Look at all the brutality (and immorality) at SGG’s school that you ignored (and your pastor condoned). Look at the preposterous rumor put forth about Eamon Shea packing an AK-47 rifle and using it to terrorize parishioners at the annual SGG picnic; many of you fell for it – so much for the “but that can’t happen at SGG” school of thought!
And look at how you have been conditioned by your pastor into believing that SGG is the only legitimate place left for you to go to Mass. Your clerics have disqualified or invalidated (and alienated) virtually every other traditional Mass center in the area – and they have even banished “errant” parishioners – such as Barry Ahern -- who dared to attend any of them (as if they had the authority to do so!). Even harmless little ladies, such as Mary Ann Panevska, who get in their way somehow get classified as dangerous trespassers and get banished –and you willingly and obediently have gone along with it all.
In ordinary times, such tyranny would not be tolerated. But these are not ordinary times, so it is not so surprising that many of you go along with such nonsense. After all, people willingly believe – or at least accept -- the lies that come out of Washington: nobody raises an eyebrow when printing money out of nothing is euphemistically passed off as “quantitative easing.” And how about the latest oxymoron of the hour: “humanitarian bombing”! We have a dumbed-down populace who have been anesthetized into accepting just about any nonsense that comes along, as long as it gets passed through the “official channels” bowel tract.
Have there been dissidents at SGG? Yes, plenty; but they have been ostracized in one way or another – labeled as “mentally ill,” “trouble-makers,” and so forth. – and you have swallowed the swill. Their real problem was that they got too close to the truth, so they had to be banished. As the years have gone by, your pastor has got bolder and more demanding of his flock – but at the same time, more cocky and cavalier in his behavior, as has Cekada. These two, along with their deranged SGG school principal, have abused and exploited you with arrogant and wanton disregard – the examples of which have been chronicled and documented by dozens of dissenting parishioners. Spurned and vilified by their pastor, these dissenters have since left SGG, along with a host of others – including most of SGG’s main benefactors and supporters. But you bootlicking zombies still remain there.
But not all of it can be attributed to cult mentality. Many of you do realize -- at least to some degree -- what’s going on; but, unfortunately, you have that same trait of human nature common to many of us: that we are creatures of habit; people tend to have a built-in “inertia” that makes them averse to change. Some of that is good: it keeps one from “blowing whichever way the wind blows.” But overdone stability can lead to complacency, and complacency can solidify into intransigence. Not only that, but people will often ignore wrongdoing as long as it’s “happening to the other guy” and not to them. We are all guilty of that to some degree: how many of us do nothing about the injustices going on in our country, as long as “it doesn’t happen to me.” The sad fact is that it will happen to us eventually, if we continue to ignore it and do nothing about it.
And the sad fact too is that the same mentality is at work at SGG: just because Dolan, Cekada, or Lotarski’s abuse has not yet happened to them, some people keep pretending that everything is OK, and that things will “settle down and get better” once this or that “anomaly” passes. Like the guy who is content as long as he has the Green Bay Packers on his boob-tube and enough beer in the fridge, they are content as long as Dolan and Cekada put on the weekly “show’ for them, regardless of what else they do: “No matter that Cekada was wretchedly wrong about Schiavo. Let’s just pretend that didn’t happen, and go on as before; besides, something like Schiavo won’t happen again.” Well, it did: on Feb. 19, 2011, a Mrs. “Nyirahabiyambere” was put to death, against the wishes of her family (see account here); and then there’s the case of “Baby Joseph” in Canada (who, fortunately, has recently been rescued). Actually, this kind of thing is going on every day, in hospices all over the country (and it is part and parcel of “Obamacare”) – and we can thank Anthony Cekada for playing his own little part to help make it happen.
“But, so what?” some SGGers still maintain. “We’ve still got the Mass” – as if that excuses any and all misbehavior accompanying it (and, as if there is no other Mass center left on earth). It matters little to them what else happens or has happened -- no matter that Cekada was not only wrong on Schiavo but has never retracted it; no matter that the Lotarskis abused and morally corrupted so many of the pupils at SGG’s school; no matter that they bullied and threatened even adults (women, that is – they’re too cowardly to try it on men); no matter that Dolan and Cekada are habitual liars and thieves; no matter that they’ve slandered countless people; no matter that they’ve stolen their Columbus parishioners’ building fund and sold their church out from under them -- and so on: the litany could go on forever.
Of course, in spite of all the concrete evidence of the abuses and wrongdoing at SGG, there are some of you there who still feign ignorance of it all – or who even profess downright disbelief – in one case, even denying DNA evidence itself. For these intransigents, it seems that nothing on earth will convince them. But there are some who do realize what’s going on, who do believe – yet they still remain at SGG. Their excuse? Believe it or not, it’s something on the order of: “Well. we’ve been going here for so long now, and we don’t want to make a change at this point.” If that rationale were valid, then we’d all still be going to the Novus Ordo! Then there’s this: “Well, they have a valid Mass there at SGG; that’s why we go.” Well, a Black Mass is valid too. Is that a reason to go?! These two foregoing “reasons” have to be two of the most preposterous excuses ever put forth!
They are non-reasons! In fact, those who stay for these “reasons” are the most contemptible, because they’re not staying for mistaken reasons, they’re doing it for no real reason at all. Folks, instead of staying for a non-reason; leave for a good reason! One of SGG’s prominent parishioners who recently attended the visitation for Bernie Bruggemann happened to see and talk to Fr. Ramolla, who was also there. He admitted to Fr. Ramolla that everything that he (Fr. Ramolla) said about the (malformation of) priests coming out of MHT Seminary was true. He is probably aware of the abuses at SGG’s school too, because his siblings pulled their children out of there. So, if that’s the case, why are he and they still there?!
Perhaps one last “plausible” reason why SGG’s parishioners stay there is that their pastor has them convinced that we who have left are “picking” on them – the old “sympathy” ploy: “Why don’t you people just leave us alone here at SGG?” Well, for those of you who have been paying any attention at all, the answer should be glaringly obvious to you: your pastor has not left any of us alone! In addition to his ongoing ignoring of the truth, His Excremency regularly throws out turdbits of insinuation as memory joggers to keep the sheep in line, such as the time he used an episode involving the damaging of a statue of Christ the King as an occasion to direct some negative symbolism against the pastor and people of St. Albert the Great.
If he maligns and slanders people – which he has done and continues to do – why should he (and you) expect us not to respond to that abuse? We are not, as Cekada charges, “people with an axe to grind”; we are simply rape victims tired of being raped -- tired of being trampled on, tired of being slandered, as Fr. Ramolla was in Dolan’s apology sermon -- and who won’t stand for it any more. Are we not entitled to defend ourselves? So, please, spare us your hypocrisy -- don’t insult us (and your own intelligence) by playing the “double standard” game.
I recently came across a letter, written by Mrs. Janet Gaye – a woman who has known and supported both Dolan and Cekada since their seminary days -- addressed to Bishop Dolan. In it, she requested an explanatory response from him regarding several injustices that had recently occurred, including an incident where John Lotarski, one of Mark Lotarski’s unruly sons, came to Mrs. Gaye’s house and actually threatened her (yes, your same John Lotarski whom Dolan rewarded with a trip to Florida to emcee a priest’s ordination!). Dolan’s response to Mrs. Gaye: he ignored her.
I point out this one instance, because that is so typical of Dolan: he repeatedly responds to people by ignoring them. Mrs. Gaye, by the way, has known these men longer than anyone at SGG (including you too, Kirby) -- since their seminary days, in fact. She has been a more-than-loyal supporter of them in the past, donating her time, money, and talents to their cause. Save for Bernie Brueggemann, it is hard to find someone who was more loyal than she -- yet she was discarded by them, like yesterday’s newspaper. In fact, everyone who airs a legitimate complaint to them is not only ignored, but is then immediately and thoroughly vilified and disparaged, usually being labeled as “mentally ill” or a malcontent. They have done this to countless people, over and over again. Like eating and breathing, it is second nature to them.
Yet some folks at SGG swallow it, and drink their “Kool-Aid.” It is amazing to think that Dolan or Cekada can make some claim or accusation with zero proof, backed up by zero witnesses; and some will gullibly accept it – even when these two have been proved to be lying (which is a pretty regular occurrence). Yet, at the same time, they’ll reject hard, proven facts – and even blame the victim. Case in point: Fr. Ramolla – Dolan’s shameless slander of him in his infamous “apology” sermon was accepted carte blanche by a good many of SGG’s parishioners – especially the older women – even though Dolan had no proof whatsoever to back up his accusations.
But for those of you who did not fall for such nonsense, then what’s your excuse? What keeps you there at SGG? Why have you not left? What’s holding you there? Are you afraid of what your fellow parishioners will say? Or are you afraid to admit that you “were wrong all these years” about Dolan and Cekada? Are you afraid to “offend” them, or are you actually afraid of them? Is it pride? Is it the “inertia” “or complacency “ thing? Or have you just not taken the trouble to investigate and seek out the truth -- to listen to what so many have for so long been trying to get across to you? Then make a start, by clicking here.
Read through it -- especially School Dazed Revisited (click, individually, parts one, two, three, four, five, and six to get it all) -- and familiarize yourself with it. Then, try to find one instance where what Dolan and Cekada have said can be corroborated by eye-witnesses or backed up by facts. You can’t do it. Then ask yourself this: why would all these other people lie? What could they have to gain by it? How could they fabricate such varied and detailed information? And, conversely, look at the words and actions of Dolan, Cekada, and their Lotarski cohorts, and see how they “add up.” For instance, in Mrs, Gaye’s letter, why do you think John Lotarski came to her house? To deliver her newspaper? To mow her lawn? To say “howdy”? I don’t think so. And remember, there is a documented police report on it, with plenty of eye-witnesses. Another example: many of you remember the “bell-ringing” incident on Palm Sunday 2009. For those of you who were there, you saw with your own eyes: you know that what Cekada says about it in School Dazed is a lie. In fact, Dolan and Cekada’s accounts of it even contradict each other.
Read also not only what your shepherds have written, but what priests like Fr. Stepanich have written. See if you can find ONE THING that can be corroborated with hard evidence. You can’t. Fr. Stepanich’s “evidence” is nil; it is merely assertion and accusation – from misinformation fed to him by Dolan, Cekada, or one of their sycophant followers – with nothing to back it up. That they have pulled a venerable old priest like him out of the woodwork to pander their lies is beneath contempt. And it does Fr. Stepanich no credit either to blindly accept what they say without question. He should know better.
As you read, it should soon become apparent to you that nothing Dolan or Cekada says has one shred of evidence to back it up – not one – and that what those who oppose them are saying has the ring of truth to it – that they have no reason to lie, no vested interest. And even if you haven’t read any of that information, you no doubt have heard or seen enough, either from others, or with your own eyes – to have convinced you that something was not right – especially with regard to the school. That is why so many of you do not send your children there. And that is why so many of you who did have since pulled them out. If you honestly try to seek out the truth, you will find that the SGG clerics have been consistently lying all along.
Then, it should also start to sink in, that all those people discredited by them – those they’ve labeled as “trouble-makers,’ “disgruntled malcontents,” “mentally ill,” and so forth – have all been disparaged unjustly; that they are innocent victims of character assassination (actually, that should have been evident from the start) – people like Dr. Thomas Droleskey, Bernie Hall -- and Fr. Markus Ramolla. In spite of Dolan and Cekada’s best efforts to smear Fr. Ramolla (and get him deported), both he and his new parish, St. Albert the Great, are flourishing. The more they try to hurt him, the more they hurt themselves -- and the more they discredit themselves in the eyes of the world.
Have you ever wondered why Nikki Lehman (no longer Sr. Mary Magdalene) left SGG? And Sr. Scholastica? And Sherry Tansky? Sr. Scholastica suffered a nervous breakdown, and Nikki nearly the same. Nikki habitually toiled past midnight – often to the point of exhaustion -- getting the church ready for “the show,” as did the other two. For Nikki, Holy Week was more like Horrific Week, getting everything ready for the always exacting and never satisfied Dolan. The emotionally broken Sr. Scholastica was the first to go. Then Sherry left in protest over the way Nikki was being treated. When Nikki had finally had enough, she left too. That’s why Dolan then had to come up with his “fourteen holy helpers” scheme, recruiting from the already overworked parishioners to fill the void.
Remember Fr. Ferrera, and Frs. Jeremy and Adam Cyr? They left abruptly, too (Jeremy, in fact, left the priesthood). Have you ever wondered why, and why several Latin American priests “never worked out”? Have you ever wondered why Dolan and Cekada have had such a ‘turnover” rate -- and why they were the “common denominator” in each and every case? The same goes for all the parishioners who have left (or were kicked out) – doesn’t it strike you as odd that all of these people could have been the “bad guys,” and only Dolan and Cekada the “good guys”? I think that if you ponder all these things a while, you’ll stop wondering and start coming to some conclusions.
The more you make yourself aware of, the more that those of you who are open-minded enough to accept facts will become convinced – and will resolve to do something -- to do the just thing. You will realize that you cannot go on ignoring reality, that you will not be able to continue to “pretend” and to play the “ignorance” game. Realize, too, that the longer you remain there at SGG, the more you support their agenda -- the longer you perpetuate them and their pernicious school principal. Why let them continue to indulge themselves at your expense? Why, by your acquiescence, help them to continue to persecute and defame innocent people?
If you become convinced, then don’t just sit there – act on those convictions! Do what justice demands: leave SGG. Leave them. And by all means, don’t give them any more money; don’t keep subsidizing them. What are you waiting for? -- for one of your kids to be abused by Lotarski? -- for one of your sons to be corrupted with porn by one of his boys? -- for one of your daughters to be impregnated by one of them? -- for Dolan to once again “write off” deeds like that as “boys will be boys”? And yes, he did say that; sorry for you doubting Thomases that we don’t have a recording of him saying that. But we don’t have to -- it’s what he didn’t do that’s important: that he said absolutely nothing in the face of the Lotarski boys’ misconduct.
For those of you who still prefer to ignore reality and to wallow along in your delusionary fantasyland of denial and pretending; who want to go on pretending that Cekada was right about Schiavo; who want to go on blindly pretending that what the Lotarskis did didn’t really happen; who refuse to recognize Dolan’s apology sermon for the vicious slander that it is (and from the pulpit, no less!); who refuse to see his attempt to get a fellow priest deported as the cold, calculated treachery that it is (and who in some cases even endorse it); who can write off fornication and pandering of pornography as “boys will be boys” – shame on you! How wretchedly and willfully blind can you be?
Recently, a fellow parishioner of yours berated a member of the Brueggemann family for using the word “bullshit” in reaction to Dolan’s lie about Bernie Brueggemann wanting to be buried from SGG (see article on that) – calling his use of that word “unbecoming of a Catholic.” Oh yes, madam! Using that word is right up there -- on a par with fornication, pandering of pornography, slandering someone from the pulpit, dispossessing people of their parish, and turning in a fellow priest to Homeland Security! Please, woman (and anyone who thinks like you), spare me your sanctimonious condemnations, your pretended and pretentious prudery, your counterfeit self-righteousness, your sniveling, small-minded hypocrisy. Save them all for the dung heap, where they belong. If you want to stay there with your reptilian shepherds, fine! Enjoy it! Enjoy the lies. Enjoy the duplicity. Enjoy the exploitation. Enjoy the Kool-Aid.
People like that will probably NEVER wake up – not even if one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse came knocking at their door. Will you emulate such lunacy as that? Or will you do the cowardly “human respect” thing: be too timid or afraid to act – for fear of what your pastor or fellow parishioners might say? Will you allow the SGG vipers to “guilt trip” you into doing nothing? Or will you remain acquiescent simply out of complacency or “inertia”? Bear in mind: whether you act or not, Dolan and Cekada’s evil ways will catch up with them, and they will do themselves in. But whether they take you down with them -- well, that’s up to you. The choice is yours. Think about it.