An Overview & Plea
Heartfelt thanks to Hobbledehoy, who has done a masterful job in the original thread to expose the perilous agenda of the Toth-Gebel-Gaye-Hall group. As usual, people with little or nothing to contribute to the substance of the matter have cluttered things up and/or derailed the topic, so this is an attempt to get back on track.
A brief overview: When Fr. Ramolla was unjustly expelled from St. Gertrude the Great church in November 2009, the above named persons, along with many others, rushed to his defense. More importantly, they worked hard to establish St. Albert the Great church and St. Anthony of Padua chapel, under Fr. Ramolla's pastorship. This was the Catholic response to an absurd calamity brought about by the behavior of Bp. Dolan and Fr. Cekada.
But this was apparently not enough for the little group, so they felt compelled to launch a campaign to "destroy Dolan, Cekada, and Sanborn." We assume they were motivated by the desire to remove some of the evil that inevitably seeps into God's Church. Tragically, however, they chose shockingly base tactics, more worthy of demons than of Catholics. Their notoriously vile websites (VoVwatch, Pistrina Liturgica, RCcorner, LayPulpit, etc.) seemed to compete with each other on which could spew the most vulgar bashing of their intended victims whose numbers grew to include anyone they perceived as opposing their ultimate agenda. Not content with exposing facts, which evidently failed to "destroy" their targets, they resorted to clever ridicule, hideous mockery, and outright vicious calumny. And despite their feverish efforts, they have still failed to destroy their targets.
As Hobbledehoy explained, it appears that their ultimate goal is to transform the Catholic Church into a non-Catholic institution under the absolute control of the laity. Rather than parishes having lay boards that assist with the financial and material management of the church, their goal is to have the clergy completely subordinate to the lay boards.
When Father Ramolla, whom they first championed, took immediate action and dismissed a member of the clergy whose behavior was a danger to the parishioners and seminarians, he transgressed their fundamental premise by acting as a real Catholic priest rather than as a lowly employee who cannot move without consulting the lay board and obtaining their permission.
As a result, the Toth-Gaye-Gebel-Hall troop is feverishly working to destroy Father Ramolla and replace him with other clergy who will compliantly serve as their sacrament-dispensing puppets.
HOW TRAGIC ! At this time more than ever the Catholic Church desperately needs intelligent and energetic soldiers of Christ who pour their hearts and souls into building up the Body of Christ. Yet here we have intelligent and energetic persons claiming to be Catholic while tearing apart the fragile remnant on earth.
Craig: Everyone acknowledges your academic abilities and clever writing. But rather than wasting time on destructive diatribes, which may give you some kind of sadistic pleasure, why not use your gifts to build up the few existing oases of Catholicism?
Jim: Your first letters to SGG parishioners were beautifully written and inspiring. How could you sink to such vulgarity and dishonesty on the Lay Pulpit? That is not the way to persuade people to seek the truth and correct errors. You can do so much more for God by keeping to the high road.
Janet: You are a firebrand eager to defend the Church. In the past, clergy have voraciously devoured your generous resources, and it's understandable that you want to prevent such clerical abuse in the future. But locking the clergy in an iron cage is not the solution. You know from experience that there are no perfect priests, and sooner or later they all have failings. We have to do the best we can to keep them on the path of holiness, by our prayer and gentle reproaches, not by whips and cages.
Father Hall: You have been taken advantage of and suffered terrible mistreatment by other clergy, and it's understandable that you are inclined to go along with the idea of absolute control by lay boards. Yet you surely know that the laity are just as weak and fallible as the clergy, so it is preposterous to hand over to them the rightful role of the clergy. I pray that you will once again turn your efforts to supporting what few chapels we have, even though they may be somewhat flawed.
Readers on the CathInfo forum: Please let's all pray harder than ever during this time of Lent that the Holy Ghost will lavish His Gifts, especially wisdom, piety and fortitude, on His poor bedraggled little army on earth. Amen.