Saturday, July 28, 2012


Months of no resources and zero cash-flow will break your priest's resistance. His bosses cannot afford to subsidize your chapel. (They need to keep every dime they can: it's traveling season, and they've lost many supporters.) Once the savings and operating accounts are depleted, there'll be no other choice but to throw in the towel. More than likely, the cult-masters will recall the priest, thinking they've left you in a lurch. However, if you followed our advice,  you'll have lined up a replacement and identified a new site for your Mass center.

The transition should be smooth as you begin to rebuild anew. Sure, you may lose the building and the furnishings, but that's a small price to pay for self-determination and freedom from grasping, domineering clergy. At least by starving the beast you'll have guaranteed that the creature doesn't have any of your ready cash left. The last thing you want is for your funds to pay for a fancy vacation to a luxurious New Mexico spa. Make them sell the property and auction off the contents to get their mad money. The brokerage and auctioneer's fees will at least keep some of the proceeds out of their greedy hands.

There is the possibility that your priest may decide not to go with his masters. He and his fellow lumpen clergy all harbor a deep resentment about the way they've been treated. They particularly chafe at how these Écône Caligulas attempt to control every aspect of their lives. (It's amazing just how granular the meddling is! You'd think those bishops had more important things worry about -- like the people's good and their salvation.) In their hearts, the priest-children know what's wrong. They openly share their misgivings among themselves and whisper their complaints to sympathetic laity. Therefore, there's a good chance that your priest might find it opportune to escape from the soul-killing trap he's in. If he has any sense of dignity as a man, he cannot wish to remain where he's miserable and subject to the manic whims and unpredictable outbursts of his control-obsessed masters. If he has any sense of self-interest, he'll see the clear advantage of working for a lay board and joyfully exercising his priestly duties, freed from the restless pursuit of filthy lucre and oddball demands from afar.

For this reason, right before the cult masters pull the plug in spite, the board should approach the priest with a sincere offer to remain as the chapel's contract pastor. (Click here for a model employment contract.) Assure him that under a lay board, he'll be treated like a man and a priest, and not as a backward child under overbearing bishops who want to regulate every detail of his life, private and public. He'll have the protection of his contract and the bylaws; he'll be independent for the first time since he entered the seminary; and, most important, he'll be able to develop spiritually. Furthermore,  if he's a "One-Hand" Dan product, by the board's insisting he undergo conditional ordination, he'll at last be relieved of nagging doubts about the validity of his orders.

That's a sweet deal. Anyone with an ounce of common sense will take it. We're betting your priest will. Even he sees the writing on the wall foretelling the end of chapels held ransom by grabby, ego-centric clergy. We bet your priest and his fellow completers are just waiting for the laity to come to their rescue.

Save them. Start with Step I tomorrow!

Saturday, July 21, 2012


There are two central tasks the board must accomplish during the long months while the beast starves. The first is to establish a new non-profit corporation in your state and then apply for IRS  501(c)(3) status. Filing for state incorporation is relatively inexpensive, and the costs for applying for 501 (c)(3) status (tax-exemption for non-profits) can be considerably reduced by doing it yourself with the help of Legal Zoom. This ploy is not merely to pressure the priest and his episcopal handlers. When you take over the chapel, you will then be able to transfer all accounts to the new charitable corporation to make certain that the old corporation and its inherently evil structure are forever abolished.

The second task is to begin looking for a replacement priest. The bishop-commissars who control your current priest will never really suffer the laity to take complete control. (They despise laymen.) Therefore, even if your priest agrees to stay, unless you secure from him a written contract whereby he forswears any and all connections with these rogue bishops, you must plan for his eventual replacement.

Good and willing  priests are not as scarce as the cult masters would have you believe. Soon there'll be even more available if the SSPX reunites with the Vatican establishment. Don't worry: none of those newly available society priests will affiliate with "One-Hand Dan" or the rector. For one thing, even the youngest of them knows he possesses a superior spiritual and theological formation (and better general education, too). No, they'll cleave to the dissenting SSPX bishops who will abandon Fellay.

If you don't want an ex-society priest, there are many other traditional bishops around who can put you in contact with a priest who may be willing to serve your chapel, either as a resident or as a missionary. Don't worry about any distracting slanders that such priests are under- prepared. Nowadays, outside of the SSPX, no one is trained well (as the failed MHT completers have so ably proved).  Anyway, today we only need priests who can offer Mass correctly, hear confessions (without abusing the tribunal of penance in the interest of thought-control), and competently perform burial rites.

That's the bottom line: a basic Catholic life without all the noise introduced by control-freak wandering "prelates" who hope to fatten their retirement funds.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


You might think your struggle against hypergreedy clergy in the cause of just governance is asymmetric. The priest, or at least his masters, may "own" the corporation. They may have rigged everything to their advantage. They may control the bank accounts. The building and its contents are probably in their name or in the name of one of the many corporations they control. It would seem, then, the laity are powerless.

Nothing could be more removed from the truth! The laity still have the power of the purse and their sweat equity. Buildings and institutions don't perpetuate themselves. They require money and material assistance to continue. The mortgage, insurance, and utilities must be paid, repairs made, the property cleaned and  maintained. The priest needs daily Mass stipends and his monthly salary to feed his shameless face. More importantly, "One-Hand" and the rector count on those regular "special" collections and management fees to see them through. Furthermore, the ill-trained and indolent clergy rely on the laity to perform any number of important duties, from taking the collection and managing records to cleaning the toilets and doing odd jobs.

The puppet masters no longer possess the cash safety-net they once enjoyed. Too many scandals have rumbled under the bridge. Most people with a conscience are sick of them. Therefore, when your chapel decides to withhold all support, the clergy won't be able to ride out the storm. With no money, the bills will go unpaid. With no helping hands, the property will deteriorate swiftly because most of the addled MHT completers are work-averse.

The cult masters may threaten to recall their knuckle-dragging clergy. If they do, then call their bluff. Tell them you are ready to establish a separate corporation and look elsewhere for a priest. They can't afford to take on extra mouths to feed -- and they probably don't want some of these grotesque characters hanging around anyway.

If a scintilla of reason prevails, they will break. If not, be assured that you have real alternatives.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


The first task of the newly elected board and officers is to produce bylaws for the chapel (even though it has not yet converted to a membership corporation). The aim of the effort is (1) to show the faithful the promise of good governance and (2) to be prepared to file the bylaws with your state agency when you either modify your present corporation or establish a new chapel, if the priest irrationally and undemocratically resists the will of the people.

Except for the charter, the bylaws are the most important document an organization possesses, for they protect the corporation and its members. Not only do bylaws define the organization's structure and spell out the rights and obligations of its members, they are the permanent law of an organization. In other words, well-written bylaws guarantee there will be no lawless one-man rule as long as members vigilantly defend their right to majority rule and self-determination. With bylaws, the priest cannot behave as a law unto himself or wantonly spend your money. Bylaws ensure the rule of law will take the place of the fickle dictates of a priestly Politburo controlled by greedy--and dubious--Chairman-Prelates bent on feathering their own nests at the people's expense.

Writing bylaws from scratch is challenging and time consuming. Therefore, to assist you, Pistrina has searched the web for good examples and cobbled together model bylaws that you can use to get started. You'll note that not only are there protections for the members and officers but also for the priest. Lay governance never proposes to make the Traddie priest a slave; instead, under it, he becomes a partner with the laity for the sanctification of souls. In fact, the effect of lay governance is to free the priest from abject slavery to Mammon.  No longer need the priesthood be demeaned because the clergy feel obliged to substitute the petty chase after earthly goods for the pursuit of a heavenly crown. 

Under lay governance, there can be no opportunity to squander chapel assets on "pastoral" junkets to France and Mexico, or on"pilgrimages" to exclusive spa resorts in the tony, desert Southwest, or on "penitential" gourmet restaurant fare of escargots in garlic-butter sauce paired, no doubt, with an overpriced Petit Chablis.* The elected board will oversee all expenditures. No longer will the priest's unrestrained wants be passed off as the faithful's needs. Considered deliberation will replace the arbitrary whims of one ill-formed man (or his masters). Decent bylaws erect a Chinese wall of sorts between your money and the outsized avarice of the clergy. As an added bonus, the laity will be free from the malignant influence of the sacerdotal security state with its secret denunciations and surprise expulsions:

The day when a coven of ill-omened clergy feeding off the laity's generosity will be finished.

*This last expenditure is particularly wasteful considering the clerical gang we have in mind. They would really prefer to scarf up a steaming paper plate of deep-fried cubed Spam smothered in canned bean dip and washed down with noisy swigs of well-iced red pop (from a plastic bottle, to be sure: they love it when the polyethylene body collapses inwardly with a sharp crack as they greedily chug the contents). However, to keep their hold over their hollow-eyed cultists, they have to pretend to be men of wide culture,  exquisite taste, and rare connoisseurship. Too bad for your wallet. You have to pay for both repasts!