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  • May 31 / 2011
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Rat Out the Rats!

We want your help

Documents and databases: They’re key to modern journalism. But they’re almost always hidden behind locked doors, especially when they detail wrongdoing such as fraud, abuse, pollution, insider trading, and other harms. That’s why we need your help.

If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to us using the SafeHouse service. — Wall Street Journal

Failure to report a crime is a crime. Don’t let the rats drag you down with them. Rat them out. Let them get what’s coming to them!

Good Place to Start

  • May 04 / 2010
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More Spring Cleaning

Not infrequently, the lamentable discrediting and dismissal of whoever doubted his behavior was upright, as well as the misguided conviction of those who did not want to harm the good that the Legion was doing, created around him a defense mechanism that made him untouchable for a long time, making it very difficult to know his real life. — Vatican statement on Legionaries

It all sounds so familiar. The cover-up perpetuates the scandal and makes it worse.

  • Aug 29 / 2009
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Protest the Society’s Support for Obamacare!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will hold its Annual Meeting in St. Louis next week at the Renaissance Hotel. Society leadership will assemble for their business meeting on Friday from 9:30-5:30. This would be a perfect time to protest the leadership’s endorsement of Obamacare, which includes support and funding for infanticide and euthanasia. They call this “social justice.”

  • Aug 04 / 2009
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Audit the National Council

National Office

58 Progress Pkwy, Maryland Heights MO/314-576-3993/rplaywin@svdpusa.org

An honest, independent audit will show the membership and the public how much money is really coming into the national office, and where it’s really going. An honest, independent investigation will reveal the radical socialist agenda of the current “leaders.”

The “investigation” referenced below was not an honest, independent one. Bear in mind that one of the “investigators” is a former national president.

The investigation of allegations of impropriety at the National office was investigated by attorneys Tom Fahl and Joe Mueller who found that the charges were unfounded.  The national office was given the full support of the Board.  The investigation has taken 2 ½ months, but now it is finished and the allegations were found to be inaccurate. (Minutes, SVdP Board of Directors Meeting, September 24, 2008)

  • Aug 03 / 2009
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Liars Lie

When LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) described the healthcare plan’s abortion mandate to Roger Playwin, the National Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, he interrupted to say: “The bishops’ office has advised us that that’s not accurate. So I can’t speak to it, because all I know is that the bishops’ office has said that story is going around, but it’s inaccurate. That’s all I know.”

Playwin said that by bishops’ office he meant the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, specifically the bishops’ charity arm, Catholic Charities USA. “There’s a lot of disinformation about – there is no legislation, number one,” he said. Asked to clarify, Playwin said, “There is not a piece of legislation that the House and Senate are going to agree to about health care reform.” LifeSiteNews

  • Aug 01 / 2009
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Society of St. Vincent de Paul Betrayed


Three of the top lay Catholic organizations have divorced themselves from Catholic teaching by supporting the Obama health-care plan, which would foster a culture of mandatory abortion coverage, contraceptive services, and permissive sex education, euthanasia and eugenics. Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Catholic Health Association are joining together to push the current version of the plan through Congress. — American Life League

The  Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been captured by the socialist justice crowd, its founders and its faithful and generous members have been betrayed, and the reputation of this wonderful organization has been tarnished. Donations will surely decrease, and conferences and councils will feel compelled to withhold their solidarity dues or separate themselves entirely from the national office. The “leadership” were warned not to go in this direction, but they were too arrogant and corrupt to listen. Maybe next time the Vincentians pick a president, they’ll make sure to choose a Catholic.

  • Apr 23 / 2009
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“Transparency instills a spirit of trust, ownership and accountability. Ways of fostering transparency include having open meetings, offering complete financial disclosure, and making audits and reports available to all participants.” — Gene Smith

How about an honest, independent audit of the finances, operations, and personnel at the national office? How can you recommend transparency to others when you yourself operate under cover of darkness?

  • Apr 19 / 2009
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Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

An update on the allegations of impropriety at the National Office relative to contracts was presented. [NAME], former National President, and [NAME], both attorneys, were asked to lead the investigation. They looked at the allegations, collected documents, interviewed people and sent the summary of that information to [NAME], CPA, Chair of the Audit Committee. The results were presented to the Board of Directors. The Board voted that there was no merit to the allegations.

Why choose a former national president to investigate problems that may have originated under his tenure?

  • Apr 18 / 2009
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Genuine Transparency

Smile on me.
Help me set
The captives free.

When I was fired from the national office of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul last summer, I considered myself the lucky one. I used to tell my friends there that the only thing worse than being fired was being kept on. Truly and without exaggeration, that office was the most dysfunctional, dishonest, and hostile place I’ve ever worked in my life — and I’ve worked in some pretty substandard places. That’s why I devoted my first “Rosalie” (above) to the co-workers I’d left behind — the poor slobs who are still subject to the abuse of a trio of incompetent and corrupt managers. My last “Rosalie” (below) I wrote on the eve of the national meeting that I hoped would address the problem openly and honestly. Alas, instead of candor and correction, there was cover-up and denial.

Let there be

There’s another national meeting this coming week. Will justice and charity prevail this time? Probably not, but I’m still invoking Rosalie and hoping for the best.

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The Blue Nun

  • Apr 05 / 2009
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Blue Nun


What is he
Who exploits
A charity?

Some months before I was fired as the director of membership and technology services at the national office of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, I was working on an image of Blessed Rosalie Rendu in a graphics program so that I could post it on our website. I diverted my attention to something else for a moment — a phone call, a co-worker with a question — and, when I turned back to my computer screen, she was blue. Entirely blue! I hadn’t done anything to make the image blue, and it took me hours to figure out how to do so. She had turned blue on her own.

For someone like me who likes things to make sense, this was pretty disturbing. But it wasn’t my first unsettling encounter with Rosalie. At a meeting months previous, the staff had watched the Society’s introductory video, which includes images of the founders and patrons. When the static image of Rosalie appeared on the screen, it winked at me. I say at me, because, when I looked around, it was clear that none of the other staff members had noticed it.

Why had Rosalie winked at me? Was it just to be friendly? To acknowledge that we had something in common or shared some secret? Was it an affirmation of my efforts to improve the Society’s public image, or my struggle to change the culture of incompetence and corruption at the national office? I had no idea what it signified, other than some sort of approval.

And what did her turning blue mean? Sadness at the unjust and uncharitable behavior of senior staff members? Awareness of my coming termination? All I knew for sure was that she was trying to communicate with me, that we had a bond of some sort, and that maybe she wanted me to do something for her.

Eventually, I found myself in a position in which I had to blow the whistle on egregious misbehavior — and I did so, through the proper channels, and was summarily dismissed (in violation of the Society’s own whistleblower policy). At that point, I made a determined effort to bring the matter to the attention of the board and the national council, which resulted in a bogus investigation and a brazen cover-up at the Society’s national meeting last September.

During the months leading up to that meeting, I created a new verse form: the Rosalie, four dimeter lines rhyming aaba (the first consisting of the name Rosalie, the next two replicating the meter of the name, and the last alone iambic) invoking Rosalie Rendu, the spiritual advisor of Blessed Frederick Ozanam, to intercede on behalf of the organization he founded and rid it of the rats infesting it. Above  is one of the last of my 60+ “Rosalies.” I have reason to believe that Rosalie has heard my petitions and that the rats will soon be leaving. For this, and for the trust Rosalie placed in me, I am truly grateful.

Read More Rosalies

Genuine Transparency

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