In our last article, we noted how SGG’s Daniel Dolan badmouthed a Kentucky woman who stood up for marriage principles that a New York “traddie” woman (whose son happens to be a traditional Catholic bishop) did not defend. This woman in Kentucky risked both a fine and a prison sentence in refusing to issue a marriage license to two homosexuals who wanted to get “married.” Dannie’s “words of gratitude” to her for having the courage to do what she did were these: “Kentucky’s poster lady for marriage turns out to be not much of one. She has been ‘married’ four times, and her current husband is not her husband.” Again, Dannie, how gracious of you to point that out! And would you also like to volunteer a comment about your bishop buddy’s mother, who has doubtless issued innumerable “marriage” licenses to homosexuals in New York? What sort of “poster lady” is she?
Well, just one week later, after Dannie’s slandering of that Kentucky woman, “lightening has struck again”: In his Bishop’s Corner in SGG’s Sept. 13 church bulletin, Dannie had some more words of “gratitude” to share. He was recounting the history of the original “9-11”: the Sept. 11, 1683 Battle of Vienna, in which the advance of the Ottoman Turks against western Catholic Europe was finally (and decisively) halted. In that battle, the German forces of the Holy Roman Empire were under siege by the Ottoman Turks, when King John III Sobieski of Poland and his troops came to relieve them. The Polish king and his soldiers delivered the decisive blow (including the largest cavalry charge in history), thus saving Western Christendom from the Moslem yoke. For this heroic feat, King John was hailed by the pope as the "Savior of Vienna and Western European civilization.” His victory was so celebrated that even his enemies, the Ottomans, paid him due homage as “the Lion of Lechistan.” *
So what were these “words of gratitude” that Dannie had to share? What sort of homage did “the Reptile of Rialto Road” pay this “Savior of Vienna and Western European civilization”? What kind of honors did he bestow on him – this man who quite possibly saved all Christendom from Islam? What sort of recognition or credit did Dannie give this man whose efforts insured the preservation of all future Christian generations (including Dannie)? What did Dannie have to say about this man to whom we all owed so much? All he could muster up to say was: “The Polish king was also a Free Mason.” Oh Dannie, how gracious of you!**
Then, in his most recent (Sept. 20) Bishop’s Corner, Dannie mentioned something that caught our eye as well – and which made us recall something he had said in a previous ’Corner. In the Sept. 20 ’Corner, Dannie, waxing poetic about the flora and fauna of the cult-center (as he usually does), mentioned that the “Queen Anne’s Lace” (considered by many to be an invasive weed) was in full bloom, and that it is sometimes known as “Bishop’s Lace.” This gave Dannie an opening to mention the following: “This reminds me that this bishop’s [i.e., Dannie’s] lace is often in tatters. My alb sleeve was ripped last Sunday, much to my chagrin, and the cuffs of the rochet I reached for were as well. Could anyone give a hand, even just take a project or two?” So, here we have Dannie again, begging for one of his Gerties either to repair his torn alb (or, more likely, to replace it with a new one).
So, what in this little anecdote reminded us of something that Dannie had said in an earlier ’Corner -- and what was that “something”? Well, it was this: “Fr. Cekada and I returned from our traditional visit to Santa Fe with colds, but nothing can diminish a really restful and prayerful visit to the City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi.” So why would this note about a trip to Santa Fe jog our memory? What’s the “connection”? The connection is simply this: here we have Dannie, whose “lace is often in tatters,” making a plea for his Gerties to repair it (or replace it), yet taking a trip (with Tony) to one of the most expensive cities in the country. (As the reader may recall, we reported in a previous article that Dannie and Tony had gone there for a “rest.”)
Why is it that he and Tony have money for a trip to Santa Fe, yet not to get his alb “fixed”? And why Santa Fe? As we just noted, it is very expensive; and if Dannie and Tony stayed where they usually stay (The Bishop’s Lodge), it is frightfully expensive ($400+ per night). But more importantly, what Dannie calls "the City of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi” is a probably one of the most morally corrupt cities in the U.S. (and, by the way, has absolutely NOTHING to do with St. Francis of Assisi). Santa Fe is, in fact, rated by a leading magazine (Travel & Leisure) as “the fourth best city for gay travel.” (The Bishop’s Lodge, too, is also rated as “gay friendly”.)*** Hence, we cannot understand why Dannie has good things to say about Santa Fe -- much less, for him and Tony to be traveling there for their “rest.”
So, the “bottom line” here is that Dannie, after taking a “rest” (with Tony) in trendy Santa Fe, is handing his Gerties the “poor mouth” (again) about his ecclesiastical duds being “in tatters.” (Shades of déjà vu, huh? Remember, if you will, his Lenten “copious quantities of beef” junket to sunny Mexico, while the Gerties were tapped for his “high heating bills.”) Why doesn’t he keep some money in reserve, so that he doesn’t have to go begging to his Gerties for “repairs”? (Or, better still, why didn’t he and Tony forego their trip to Santa Fe? That money could’ve bought them a whole wardrobe!) The answer to that is simple: he taps his Gerties for funds whenever -- and as many times -- as he wishes, for he knows that they’ll unquestionably “obey.” Or will they? Here again (as we’ve pointed out several times in the past), we think that Dannie has “gone to the well” too many times. And – guess what? -- his sheep are tired of getting shorn.
These latest shenanigans are “vintage Dannie”: ignoring people’s good deeds while bad-mouthing them instead, and playing “the poor bishop” while he and Tony scurry off to sunny resorts for their “rests.” Lately, in his desperation, Dannie has been slinging dirt at almost everybody – that woman in Kentucky (and that king in Poland) being the latest – that, plus dishing out more of his usual “guilt-tripping” to keep his Gerties in line: “I am saddened to realize that some families pretty much took the Summer off from Mass. These same also take off every Holiday weekend, whether they are in town or not.” And this: “I thank the teachers of our Sunday School, who are evidently more concerned for the children than some of the parents.” (Perhaps those parents are getting tired of both “the show” and/or sending their kids to the weekly brain-washing sessions.)
In the past, Dannie might have gotten away with slandering that woman (or that king), or he might have been able to convince his Gerties that he couldn’t afford to get his clothes mended (after having taken a trip to Santa Fe), or he might have been able to guilt-trip his Gerties into thinking that they “weren’t doing enough.” Heretofore, they might have unquestionably swallowed such swill – but not any more. They’re “putting two and two together,” and recognizing it for what it is: the last desperate attempts by a tinhorn tyrant to hang on to his power base. But the world is changing – and so is SGG. Dannie is losing his grip, and more and more Gerties are “jumping ship” – and leaving Dannie to rearrange the deck chairs on his West Chester Titanic.
* Let it be noted, however, that this is not due in any way to “chivalry” on the part of the Ottomans. Before the battle was over, they slaughtered 30,000 Christian hostages they were holding (including women and children) – which is what they habitually did in situations like that. The present-day myth -- that Islam is a “peace-loving” religion (perpetuated by both today’s Moslem leaders and by our media) -- is pure HOGWASH. Their Koran not only sanctions the killing of “infidels”; it prescribes it (click here and here for more on this).
** Not only was Dannie’s remark uncharitable and uncalled for, but so utterly unnecessary as well. What did the wretch hope to gain, or what useful purpose did he serve, by by pointing out the faults of this man who saved Christendom? (Whose faults is he going to “expose” next – Mary Magdalene’s?) We have a suggestion for him: how about pointing out your own faults, Dannie?
*** Thanks to an astute reader who, in commenting on one of our previous articles, sent us some “links” about the Bishop’s Lodge (click here and here to see them), we now can confirm that it is indeed “gay friendly.” That being the case, why would Dannie and Tony have gone there – and together, at that? (And they have – several times.) Even if it were entirely “innocuous” (which it isn’t), why would they go there anyway, with it being so frightfully expensive as it is.