The Bishop’s Corner of June 22 (from the SGG Church bulletin) was “vintage Dannie Dolan.” It had all the buzzwords and “killer phrases" that the culties like to lap up (“exquisite motets in polyphony,” “solemn, outdoor procession,” “Fatima Rosary Procession,” etc.), plus the following testimonial from a “correspondent” who had seen a picture of SGG’s first communicants on its website: “Bishop Dolan: What can I say! Stunning picture on your website. Splendor, solemnity, commitment and dedication as well as adorable innocence, all circumscribed by a tangible atmosphere it seems of God’s pure love. Find it hard to stop looking at it. Inspirational and calming in this terrible age of spiritual darkness. Thank God and thank you and the fathers with all my heart.”
This “correspondent” marveled about the “adorable innocence” and “tangible atmosphere it seems [our italics] of God’s pure love” that the picture conveyed; and he (or she) found the picture to be “inspirational and calming in this terrible age of spiritual darkness.” [The operative word here was the one in italics]. We wonder what this “correspondent” would have to say, if he knew about Dolan’s “boys will be boys” remark about the SGG school principal’s sons’ watching porn and animal torture videos on SGG’s school computer. We wonder what he’d think about Dolan’s and Cekada’s totally ignoring one of those sons fornicating with (and impregnating) a fellow student. And we wonder what he’d think about Dolan’s ignoring the protests of parents whose children were victimized at SGG’s school. We wonder if he’d find all of that “inspirational and calming in this terrible age of spiritual darkness.”
First off, the picture to which the correspondent refers -- as well as Dolan's having that correspondent’s testimonial printed in the SGG bulletin (and re-printing the hyperlink to the picture in the bulletin as well), underscores Dolan’s total preoccupation with appearances. It also underscores his deception – and, most of all, his trademark HYPOCRISY -- by using that picture of those children, who truly are innocent, to infer that he and Tony are innocent as well (which people familiar with their track record know to be a monstrous sham). In that correspondent’s one passage “… all circumscribed by a tangible atmosphere it seems of God’s pure love,” the operative word there, again, is “seems.” All of what Dannie does or says seems to be about “God’s pure love” – but it isn’t. It’s not about “God’s pure love”; it’s about “Dannie’s pure profit” – and, of course, about “the show.”
It’s about “the show” – what looks good – because that’s the way that Dannie gets his profit. Whether it’s one of his frequent processions, or his “triple play” funeral extravaganza for a rich donor’s deceased wife, or one of his pontifical pageants (complete with gold-fabric canopy, bell-ringing, and enough incense to set off a smoke alarm – which it once did), Dannie has always been about “the show” – because “the show” is good box office. It draws in the crowds – and thus the money – especially from the gullible and the easily impressed, who fall for this kind of crap. The cyber-savvy (but intellectually bankrupt) Tony dresses up SGG’s website with “traditional” looking tinsel, and the drooling culties lap it up.
If that correspondent knew about the well-documented laundry list of the Rasputin twins’ misdeeds – and how they try to defame and discredit anyone who gets in their way, we wonder what he’d say. Just to take a a few more samplings: if he knew how they bad-mouthed and slandered their fellow clerics (even the late -- and universally loved -- Abbot Giardina), we wonder what he’d say. If he knew how they denied innocent people the sacraments simply for “going to the wrong chapel,” we wonder what he’d say. If he knew that they asked their flock to “offer it up” during a wintry Lent, while Dannie was basking in the sun in Latin America and gorging himself on “copious quantities of beef,” we wonder what he’d say. If he knew that mothers with newborn babies had to shiver in an unheated vestibule “cry room” while Dannie and Tony kept toasty in their three-climate-zone rectory, we wonder what he’d say. And if he knew what Tony Cekada had to say about Terri Schiavo, we wonder what he’d say.
We think we know what he’d say! The indescribable hypocrisy of Dolan’s putting this correspondent’s comments on his web page is downright nauseating (and, for that matter, so is having to read the drivel that Dannie puts in his Bishop’s Corner week after week, year in and year out!). This had to be one of Dolan’s supremely pristine examples of appearances trumping reality – of his “splendor, solemnity, commitment and dedication” to deception (It is also a monument to peoples’ enduring capacity to swallow such drivel without throwing up.) If that correspondent was fully aware of what the two Rasputin twins really had to do with “adorable innocence” (and how they’ve treated the truly innocent), the next time he read Dannie’s Bishop’s Corner or saw one of those pictures on SGG’s web page, he’d not only know what to say -- he’d know what to do: bring his own barf bag.