By now, many of you have had a chance to study the documents related to the horrific SGG School Scandal of 2009. A large proportion of the e-mails we've received expressed shock and dismay at Dannie's transgressive refusal to do the right thing for the children at the school despite the protests of laity and clergy. He defended the indefensible and thereby lost his apostolate. No matter how hard he tries or what he says and writes, his cult will never recover. His legacy will remain permanently tarnished: The events of November-December 2009 will haunt him for the rest of his life.
A number of our correspondents remarked on Wee Dan's obsession with the "innocence" of children. For instance, in a Christmastide message in "The Bishop's (?) Corner," Dirtbag Dan gushed:
Holy Innocents Day! May Innocence Himself, with His Immaculate Mother, bless you on this Christmas Sunday by restoring your innocence, and renewing your devotion to protecting innocence in our midst;and just last week he emoted "Thank God for the voices of innocent children..."! The jarring contrast between his cold, callous stance of 2009 and his current warm, sheltering enthusiasm inspired many a writer to lash out in the harshest language (which we won't cite, for we're a family-oriented blog).
As for Pistrina, however, it's not the hypocrisy of Tradistani clergy that moves the Readers to righteous indignation. That's been the cult masters' hallmark for many a year, as we have exposed time and again on these web pages. What truly disturbs us are the laity who financially support and continue to send their children to SGG School.
If Dannie is to be believed, the school is "larger than ever." We think that's cause for concern. It's almost impossible to imagine that any rational parent who knew of the ill treatment reported here would send their own flesh and blood to the school still under the control of the "principal" at the center of the 2009 crisis. Even the humblest parents with children languishing in dreadful urban public schools wouldn't allow their offspring to attend such an institution unless there had been a thorough housecleaning. (Middle- and upper-class parents at suburban schools would have ended the career of any administrator who employed such practices as well as the career of any school executive who supported such behavior.)
But hard-core, Traddie trash apparently don't possess normal parental instincts. They have surrendered their weak wills and small intellects to their cult masters. In return for a rush of faux piety, they have offered up the innocent. In this regard, they, like their malformed, under-educated, often dubiously valid clergy constitute the great Other -- aliens to the values, emotions, and upbringing characteristic of an ethically centered, organized society. Standing far away on the margin, they glare maliciously from the outside onto the morally sensible world and mock it for being overly protective of the young. They pride themselves for approving and even encouraging disproportionate, vindictive, irrational discipline administered in ire, which they justify because it "concentrates the mind," as the Checkmeister says.
Some Traddies may argue that things have changed since the SGG School Scandal of 2009: The great benefit of the massive SGG exodus, many have said, was that, like a rod of correction, it focused the cult masters' attention and forced them to alter their policies to assure their survival. We, too, are sure the situation is not the same. But that doesn't mean the bad old days will never return. Contrary to the advice given in the Blunderer's "School Dazed," there remains a big reason why loving parents should never, ever "[f]orget and forgive," and why they should definitely "hang on to the memory of someone’s past offenses":
That means the cult masters' nerves are on edge. Who knows how much longer they can keep paying the principal tens of thousands of dollars a year? A while ago, Dannie exasperatedly complained that he had to come up with 800 bucks so that a Ukrainian priest could get an apartment for himself in his strife-torn homeland. (Of course, Li'l Dan meant that he expected the Gerties to cough up the cash!). Then last week, after lamenting the prohibitively high shipping costs to Nigeria, where the doubtfully ordained Bede Nkmauke has relocated, he melodramatically intoned, "God grant a solution." Now, since even "One Hand" is not so naïve as to suppose that the Almighty will fracture the economy of salvation by intervening to effect a dramatic reduction of overseas postal fees, it's obvious that he expects the remedy to come from the Gerties themselves.
That's bad news for the cult, because once Giving Fatigue sets in, donors are disincentivized to give with each new appeal, no matter how indirectly it's phrased. They're on to the game. Fully aware of their own hardships, they're tired of being buttonholed at every turn to underwrite Dannie's schemes (most of which are aimed at promoting his rapidly fading image abroad). As the cash stream dwindles to a trickle, cult tempers will be on edge. Conditions may well become ripe for a repetition of the unconscionable events that led to the 2009 scandal.
Beloved Saint Germaine, I praise, bless, honor and glorify you. I love you and hold you in deepest esteem. I thank Almighty God for you.
Pope Pius IX called you "A new star shedding a marvelous glow...over the Universal Church." To you, then, the "new star," shining brilliantly in Heaven. I lift up my mind and my heart. Allow, I pray, your bright radiance to fall upon me in benediction.
Reverently mindful too of the words of Pope Gregory XVI who said that you are "The Saint we need" and following the paternal exhortation of Pope Pius IX, who counseled us to "Go to Germaine," I come to you, Saint Germaine, to render my homage and veneration, humbly begging you, "The Saint that we need," to attend to my prayer and to lay your hand upon the innocent children in blessing.
Your life on earth, dear St. Germaine, was unspeakably hard. You were an outcast, unwanted and unloved by everyone. Sick and frail, ragged and starved, brutally beatened and abused, your only home was a sordid stable. Hated and ridiculed by men, you were dearly loved by God, to Whom you were supremely pleasing and precious and to Whom you gave all the warm and tender affection of your loving heart.
Your life, which seemed utterly useless and insignificant to men, was a continuous song of love, a prayer of praise and worship, ascending as a fragrance to God.
I marvel exceedingly, Saint Germaine, at the thought of your gentleness, your sublime sweetness and patience, at your complete lack of complaint and bitterness.
I am filled with admiration for you, Saint Germaine, as I recall the pity and compassion which melted your heart at the sight of anyone's need. So eminently kind and good were you that you gladly shared with others the little crust of bread which was the only food your cruel step-mother permitted you to have each day.
I rejoice at the wondrous miracles with which God crowned and glorified your life and at the countless favors and blessings which He has bestowed upon your clients through your intercession and for your greater glory and honor. Saint Germaine, you who are now in resplendent, heavenly glory, remember the innocent. Pray for the innocent, help the innocent, have pity on innocent, graciously intercede in the innocent children's behalf with God to Whom you are so dear. Amen.