Comments by Brian Franck

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The bells should not have been removed from this building!

They are part and parcel to the church's historic and architectural significance. I can understand fully Mayor Labonte's "growing impatience" with church officials' lack of cooperation in the matter.
The Auburn Catholic Community now has a real "bum steer" as it's current "pastor". I dealt with this "clown" when he was in charge of the Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Years ago, I sent this "gutless wimp" not one, but three letters, two of which concerned the protection and restoration of the Casavant pipe organ in the upper church's rear gallery. He did not have the courtesy or decency to reply to the letters or follow any one of my suggestions!
Instead, the "idiot" allowed a completely incompetent buffoon trained in the repair of electronic, not pipe organs, to damage both the front and rear gallery pipe organs at a cost of several thousand dollars to fix. In addition, the nitwit "would be" organ repairman "Shang hayed" the parish out of $50,000.00 by getting them to purchase a four-manual Baldwin "monstrosity" of an electronic organ console that turned out to be a useless piece of junk! Luckily, those disasters, both human and machine are long gone.
Yet the "pastor" remains, now moved to the Auburn Catholic Community to wreak havoc and impose his administrative incompetence on some new unsuspecting people. His style is to avoid confrontation and run in the other direction, perhaps partially explaining why I never received a reply to any of my letters.
I left a message on Mayor Labonte's voice mail some time ago, encouraging him to step in and prevent the Diocese of Portland and this "pastor" from removing the beautiful stained-glass windows from the building so that they could be sold for a "Judas Iscariot" type of profit.

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Can you be assured of that, Mr. Gravel?

Remember now, that you both initiated the reaction with your unsolicited commentaries to a few letters to the editor on a different issue from several months ago. You seem to both perpetuate this kind of scenario when the two of you offer asinine comments to a variety of subject matter appearing in this periodical, chosen at random and with diligent frequency. You should have both "ignored" my original letter to the editor. Then none of this would have occurred, Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb!

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I do believe that Paul St. Jean is in a foul mood today!

I offer a simple acceptance of his and Mark Gravel's invitation to meet on Bailey Island next summer, and Mr. St. Jean goes right for the jugular with very nasty words! Shame on you Dumbo, for displaying such bad temperament in public!

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There goes Paul St. Jean again!

He does not want to talk with me. Hey guys, July is a good month for me too! Let me know Mark and Paul when you are going to Cook's Lobster House and I will meet you there. I will bring the "sour grapes"!

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Sour Grapes?

How about some fresh ones instead? They make excellent targets for darts!

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Look, if you two guys are going to.....

carry on a private conversation here, why don't you just shoot e-mails back and forth instead of taking up valuable space in this comment area? I will be happy to bring the "darts" to Bailey Island next July!

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I don't know!

But be assured, the timber used in building St. Joseph's Church is not rotten. It will probably outlast either you or I, and perhaps Paul St. Jean as well! As for the rest, we will have to take a "wait and see" approach.

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Boy, do I hate to admit it, everyone, but....

Mr. Gravel is right! I clicked on the link he gave above and it opened up a page originating from Tampa Bay, Florida. However, to his comments suggesting that he knows better than everyone else in Maine at least, Mark Gravel is an inventor from Roseville, California with several patents to his name. So, he has to be smart about something, just not every subject he would like you to believe!

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I guess...

it takes one to know one! Hey, where is Mark Gravel?

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Did I inflame you, Mr. St. Jean?

I knew the post was intended for someone else, but I wanted to get a rise out of you, I can plainly see it did!