17 September 2010

Friday Afternoon Pole Questions

1. Who is this Pole?

2. Who are these Poles?


Anonymous said...

I don't know about the top fellow, my I think those lower 3 are Fat, Dumb and Happy.

Elizabeth R said...

The top picture is of Reginald Cardinal Pole, an English prelate during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary. Why do you ask?

Anonymous said...

1. Reginald Pole (12 March 1500 – 17 November 1558) was an English Cardinal in the Catholic Church, and the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, holding the office during the Counter Reformation.

2. St. Louis Lawyer Sanford Boxerman, left, leaves the Eagleton Federal Courthouse Thursday afternoon with William Bialczak, center, and his brother Ken Bialczak after the brothers pleaded guilty to tax evasion in the police towing scandal.

Athelstane said...

Cardinal Reginald Pole, the last Catholic archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1558) - for whose unwavering opposition to Henry VIII's attacks on the Catholic Church his mother suffered a particularly gruesome execution.

Only, of course, because Henry could not get his hands on the good cardinal.

Michael Bavlsik said...

That's right- good Catholics especially the ultra traddy- always prey on the misfortune of others.

thetimman said...

1. Pole was forced into exile during Henry's time but was brought back under Mary. He officially reconciled England to the faith and as sad history testifies was the last Archbishop of Canterbury. No, that is not a typo. As Providence would have it, he died on the same day as Mary, so he avoided falling into Elizabeth's clutches. Who knows what would have happened if either of them lived five years longer?

2. I included the bottom photo of the Bialczaks because they are in the news today for pleading guilty to felony tax evasion. Mr. Bavlsik, though I vigorously oppose their actions at St. Stan's, I wouldn't wish prison on anyone for mere tax evasion. So, I get no joy from it, and of course I am not "preying" on them, as I get no benefit from their downfall. You see, it really is true that the problem faithful Catholics have with St. Stan's is about issues of faith and obedience to authority, and not money. Money isn't all it's cracked up to be sometimes.

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear Mr. Bavisik,

Please look up the dictionary definition of misfortune. These men pleaded guilty to crimes and will be punished. That's not a misfortune, unless you count as misfortune getting caught at a crime.

St. Guy

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear Tim,

I've been intemperate of late. I didn't mean to call you out as a faux-St.Louisan in my post on your reading of the prep school ads. I beg your forgiveness.

Having said that I'll wade in again and roil the waters once more by saying I can't agree with you on the Bialzcak boys offense being "mere tax evasion."

These guys oversaw businesses which through the agency of their employees bilked our fellow citizens for half a million dollars. Their towing business "preyed" on innocent people who in some cases lost their autos. Their operation was in large part no more than a ring of car theives.

Their prosecution on tax evasion overlooks this and other major points;I suspect because tax evasion was the easiest thing to prosecute.

All of this has much to do with St. Stan's and the schism.

William Bialczak oversaw the operations of a real estate concern named St. Stanislaus Corporation. GIven the fact that he has plead guilty to skimming income from his own businesses is it any wonder that the Archdiocese wanted St. Stan's under the inspection of their accountant?

The connection to the St. Stan's schism is obvious. The Stan's Board lacked financial probity and it was highly innappropriate for Mr. Bialczak to be Chairman of the Board of Directors.

As is shown by his leaving the board just a little after the scandal broke.

The only thing I'll give these guys is that they had the good sense not to spend their cash on clothes, as the photo ably testifies.

I'm just waiting to hear the explation that they were only trying to find cash to save St. Stanislaus, because their methods may have been wrong but their hearts were in the right place, or some such.

I'll hear this soon enough I'll wager in my little neck of the woods.

St. Guy

Michael Bavlsik said...

Jesus told this parable: 10"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about[a] himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'
13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Anonymous said...

William Bialczek, as Director of the Board at St. Stanislaus Kostka has ruined this beautiful parish. If you look at the lawsuit, the defendants are Bialczek and Bozek. Two of the most dispicable men in St. Louis. With Bialczek as Director, there has never been an open accounting of the assets. They have yet to give a professional audit and they never will, unless they lose the court case.

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear Michael Bavisek,

I'll testify any day of the week that Ken and William are better men than I am and closer to God. I never considered anything else.

I'm only maintaining that they are criminals and have done a diservice to our police force and our society.

The fact that we forgive sinners doesn't touch on what we have to do to insure justice. By their own admission they have skimmed money from business that came to them unjustly.

I happen to know members of their family. They are as proud as can be of these two. Humility has NOTHING to do with it. These guys joked about how stupid were the feds who did the investigation.

If you'll re-visit the photo, the face of Mr. Ken Bialczak, registers a sudden new respect for the intelligence of federal officers.

Parable of the pharasees indeed! THey are the pharisees. They are the ones who brought in Fr. Bogus because they were too proud to obey an archbishop and, as William told the His Excellancy Archbishop Burke, "Look, we all worship the same God." As if this explains anything.

Listen guys, the same God takes a dim view of theft. That counts when you're stealing an auto or stealing a parish.

Give me a break.

St. Guy

P.S. Read the plea bargain and the related stories. This looks like only the beginning of the Bialczaks' time before the bar.