The Scandals at St. Gertrude the Great

West Chester, Ohio

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December 4, 2009

Letter to Dr. Thomas Droleskey

by Andrew Johns

This letter from Mr. Johns to Dr. Droleskey reveals some of the hidden dangers in the behavior of Bishop Dolan and his associates at SGG.  Their scandalous conduct has resulted in driving away yet more souls from our Holy Faith.  Please keep Mr. Johns' family in your prayers.

 Dear Dr. Droleskey,

            The unraveling of recent events surrounding the demise of St. Gertrude the Great school and Church has certainly, I think many would agree, constructed an impoverished atmosphere for the souls of the faithful residing in the vicinity of West Chester, Ohio, and one would think, in the traditional movement generally. Although our situation here in Ohio is manifestly grim, it undoubtedly has been superseded by the depravity of some so-called Catholics who have deigned to provide us with their defamatory comments against you, Fr. Ramolla and others.  Confronted with such statements deprived of any conformity to Catholic decorum, certain questions immediately arise: Has the Charity in the soul of some of our fellow Catholics dried up? Is an effect of this turmoil that inflicts us here in Cincinnati caused such outlandish language penned by Catholics against their brothers and sisters in the Faith? One is hard pressed to find our pagan neighbors descending to such abominable depths of behavior. Such examples are multiplied continually on websites and forums given birth by disenfranchised minds. The site coined “laypopes” is a case in point. Is Father Ramolla creating a new religion? Are you, Dr. Droleskey, usurping the power of a Sovereign Pontiff? Are those of us who fled the walls of St. Gertrude the Great Church outside the Catholic Church? Such ridiculous accusations could only be uttered by those not familiar with the most basic doctrine set forth by Our Holy Mother the Church. Obviously, one spewing such nonsense could have never consulted the dogmatic theology manuals of Garrigou-LaGrange, Billot, Van Noort  or other manualists for instance, to investigate if their terms, statements, or arguments, if one could call them that, had any cogency theologically speaking. The language we are presented with is befitting of most websites and forums; it is theological fantasy.

             As regards the termination of my wife, whose piety and devotion were assaulted by the tongue of Bishop Dolan, I was indignant, but not surprised. The Bishop’s actions are a mere symptom of that disease of clericalism that has infected the clergy of St. Gertrude the Great Church.  The manifest evils that occupy nearly the whole realm of the educational structure existing at the traditional chapel in West Chester, Ohio could never be overlooked by any reasonable person, never mind a Catholic whose reason is enlightened and guided by the Faith.  Bishop Dolan fired Stephanie for the bare fact that she, whose intelligence is illuminated by the infused virtue of Faith, would not, and more properly speaking, could not, turn a blind eye to the travesties occurring in the school. The facts that have been reported by you and others would make a litany of disturbing occurrences at St. Gertrude the Great School written here superfluous. Suffice it to say, that I am very proud of the valor of my wife. And I believe that our Holy Father St. Dominic, whose family we are both about to join in a short time, is proud of her too. 

              As for me, and my family as a whole, we have witnessed a scandal of far reaching effect that simply cannot go on tolerated. My sister, who is a fallen away Catholic, recently went to a clergyman at St. Gertrude the Great Church for confession, which was made after a lapse of twenty-five years away from the Catholic Church. My mother, also a fallen away Catholic, two months ago prayed a Novena to Our Blessed Mother after forty years of not attending Holy Mass or issuing a prayer from her lips. These extraordinary events, guiding my family members into the Ark of Salvation, were derailed by scandals surrounding St. Gertrude the Great Church. After all, to those uninstructed in the Holy Faith, how could Her chosen representatives behave in such a fashion? Any rational discussions attempting to achieve the truth of this situation are defeated before it begins by the sense of the deception and hypocrisy on the part of the clergy. In the final analysis, it resolves itself into my mother and sister returning to their prior position of indifference toward religion. It will be a miracle for them to consider the Catholic Faith again.   I’m positive that many have the same sadness pierce their souls over the demise of our beloved chapel. As for those of us that have moved away from our homes, families, and friends and have given everything to embrace the True Catholic Faith in a foreign domain, I think it is fair to say, and the least that can be said, we are disappointed with our shepherd. The high esteem and respect my wife and I once held for Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada have been eclipsed with shame and bewilderment. We certainly will keep the clergy in our prayers and pray for their change of heart with regards to the issues discussed by so many of the disenfranchised parishioners of St. Gertrude the Great Church. As for us, we have come to the numbing conclusion that the mission of Bishop Dolan and Father Cekada is not of God.   

Yours in the Sacred Heart,

Andrew Johns