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  • Mar 20 / 2012
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Strange Bedfellows

A search for svdpusa.org on Alexa takes you to an analytics page for growthclimate.com, which is apparently owned by the Arab Bankers of North America. Does this mean that the website for the U.S. national office of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul resides on a domain controlled by ABANA?

The Society has accepted donations from Aramco in the past, but this website connection seems awfully peculiar.

  • Oct 11 / 2011
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Helping the Right Way

The whole Judeo-Christian tradition reminds us that people everywhere are made in the image of a creative God. This means that the poor are not just consumers but also creators. The tragic reality is that much of the West’s humanitarian aid actually does more harm than good because it overlooks this basic truth. PovertyCure’s international network of 100+ organizations hopes to shift the emphasis away from a dependency model and toward enterprise solutions to poverty. — Rev. Robert Sirico, Acton Institute

  • 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

  • Dec 07 / 2010
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Promoting Evil in the Name of “Social Justice”

The phrase “social justice,” when invoked by members of the Catholic left, is a euphemism for the agenda of the Democratic Party. “Social justice” refers not to objective principles of justice but to specific policies of Democrats on health care, labor, welfare, and other matters. This is why the historic November defeat of Democrats was treated as such troubling news in many chanceries and Catholic university faculty lounges. — George Neumayr

The weasels in the leadership of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul didn’t like it either.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Betrayed

  • May 20 / 2010
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The Boob’s Best Friend: the Performance Review

Rajah the time-management maven

The performance review. It is one of the most insidious, most damaging, and yet most ubiquitous of corporate activities. We all hate it. And yet nobody does anything about it. — Sam Culbert

I was subjected to this idiocy for three years by an incompetent, corrupt boob who had lied his way into his position and had no idea what he was doing (couldn’t even send email without help). He piled all his work on me and spent most of the day walking around the office rearranging furniture. When he dumped even more work on me and I mentioned that I was having trouble getting everything done, he gave me advice on time management.

Take the performance review survey

Sam Culbert says, get rid of the performance review. I say, get rid of the managers who subject their subordinates to these pointless and insulting exercises.

  • 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.

  • Apr 06 / 2010
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Spring Cleaning


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 in September 2008.

During the months leading up to that meeting, I created a new verse form: the Rosalie, 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.

Society Pages


One down. Two (or more) to go.

  • Sep 05 / 2009
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It’s obvious enough that a person can sin by doing something wrong, somewhat less obvious that he can sin as well by not doing something right. The Catholic Church, in its infinite wisdom, distinguishes between sins of commission and sins of omission, and condemns them both.vincent 2

It was an understanding of the sin of commission that prompted protest recently when three lay Catholic organizations issued an alert to their members encouraging them to support the socialistic healthcare “reform” legislation being drafted by Congress. Provisions relating to abortion and euthanasia, among others, make that legislation completely unacceptable for Catholics, and support for it sinful.

Spokesmen for these organizations expressed surprise at the protest, denied that they were supporting what they clearly had supported, and accused their critics of being disingenuous and deceitful.  In other words, they compounded their first sin of commission by committing at least two more: lying about the obvious implications of their support and slandering the faithful Catholics who had called them on it.

What has escaped widespread notice and protest, so far, is the fact that the leaders of these organizations are also guilty of the sin of omission. In addition to doing something wrong, they have also failed to do something right. Not only have they effectively supported abortion with their recent alert, but, over the course of many years, they have failed to express strong opposition to it. (Had their pro-life sentiments been unequivocally expressed all along, their protestations over the reaction to their recent alert might have had a more honest ring.)

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, for instance, has published position papers on affordable housing, health care, immigration, fair wages, restorative justice, predatory lending, homelessness, and hunger — but not abortion. Its Voice of the Poor committee purports to speak for the voiceless, but it has never seen fit to speak out on behalf of the one poor person who really cannot speak for himself, the unborn child.

Individual members of the Society who have commented on this omission and sought to correct it have been rebuffed by leadership.

The conferences and councils of the Society make heroic efforts to help unwed mothers and struggling families, but imagine if the Society as a whole truly were a voice of the poor unborn child. Imagine if its 120,000 members in the United States spoke as one in opposition to abortion. Imagine if the national leadership echoed that voice. What an impact they could have!

But no. The issue isn’t even worth a position paper.

  • 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 06 / 2009
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This Week’s List


The pictures above represent three lying thieves I once worked with. They know who they are.


The first rule of damage control is to anticipate things that can go wrong and make sure they don’t.  Amazingly enough, most people don’t get this simple rule and respond in the worst possible way. If you want to be just as stupid, here are a few tips for compounding the problem you could have avoided.

  1. Worm your way into a position for which you’re unqualified.
  2. Create a culture of incompetence and dishonesty.
  3. When a problem arises, ignore it.
  4. When others bring the problem to your attention, deny it.
  5. When it becomes impossible to deny, insist that the whole thing is being blown out of proportion.
  6. When it becomes clear that the problem is truly serious, declare that you are preoccupied with much more important matters from which you cannot be distracted.
  7. When it is suggested that the problem may be more important than those other matters, malign the people who drew attention to the problem.
  8. When that doesn’t work, pretend that you knew nothing about the problem and blame it on someone else.
  9. When that person is exonerated and the cloud of suspicion settles over your head, announce that you will launch an investigation to find out how the problem arose and who the culprits are.
  10. Appoint the culprits to the investigative committee.


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