The Scandals at St. Gertrude the Great

West Chester, Ohio

The Full Documented Story


November 9, 2009

Letter from Fr. Cekada
to the Parishioners of St. Clare's,
Columbus, Ohio

Fr. Cekada scrambles to explain to parishioners of St. Clare's in Columbus why Fr. Ramolla didn't show up for work last weekend.  In a startling admission, he explains that he had been just too busy "trying to survive" to have time to tell the poor parishioners what had happened to their missing pastor. Note the divinely inspired typo in the last sentence: "We are very disappointed that Father did keep his word."  Since writing this letter, Fr. Cekada has shown his true regard for the parishioners there by emptying the bank accounts at St. Clare's, and transfering the money who knows where...

My dear faithful,

As all of you have no doubt heard, Father Ramolla will no longer be working with us.

Understandably, you were upset to hear of this indirectly at St. Clare's, without any explanation from Bishop Dolan or myself.

For this I apologize, but all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I was dealing with one crisis after another, just trying to survive. There was simply no more time.

It would have been unfair for me to impose on Father Larrabee, a newly-ordained priest, the task of explaining a sad and complex situation to people who might be very upset.

The attached letter from Bishop Dolan, which we sent to school parents and parishioners here on Friday, will explain the reasons.

I would add that, prior to his ordination to the subdiaconate, Father Ramolla signed a perpetual agreement with Bishop Dolan to be subject to him as an Assistant Pastor would be to a Pastor in the conduct of his priestly ministry. Needless to say, we are very disappointed that Father did keep his word.

Be assured of my prayers for you all!

In Christ,

Father Cekada