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Catholic Media Association - WARNING!

The problems Aquinas and More had with Catholic Online three years ago have been addressed so we have removed this post.

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  • Mark Ino May 2, 2008, 1:01 pm

    WOW! Are you catholic? Why is there so much hate in your heart?

    Did you ever stop to think that these “charges”, as this is what they are, not proven charges, are AGENDA DRIVEN. Many enimies of the church now use regulatory agencies to attack many Catholic organizations. Catholic Online has been and continues to be a fantastic and faithful resource for the church.

    I will pray for everyone at Aquinas and More for this anger to leave and to put your attentions towards positive in our church. You are not the Police of the Catholic Church. Please focus on building rather than destroying. I am sure you are not free from sin. May God Bless you….

  • admin May 2, 2008, 2:30 pm

    This has nothing to do with hate or an agenda. We have been personally lied to, ignored, had funds withheld and had agreements broken by this organization and have spoken with many other people who have had the same experience. We have also viewed the actual documentation from the government concerning the various liens, fines and taxes owed by Mr. Galloway. This isn’t about hate or about an agenda. This is about warning people who may think about putting money into this organization to think twice before they invest in a company that has committed fraud.

  • Mark Ino May 2, 2008, 5:50 pm

    This is about YOUR agenda. Look at what you just wrote. You died and left you as the Catholic Police? You are on a witch hunt here. Did you do the same for EVERY priest that violated his vows and committed acts of homosexuality? Have you openly attacked Cardinal Mahoney in Los Angeles for his billion dollar payout of good catholic’s monies? I also did not know you were also an investment advisor. If so, where do you hang your license? I am just a simple catholic who believes in virtues like love thy neighbor, do not covet thy neighbors goods, FORGIVENESS and more. Maybe a good confession might be applied here, to both sides. Your warning to people is based on allegations. In the United States we are innocent until proven guilty. Your mean spirited attacks on your blog are based on what guility veridict? Again I ask, are you free of sin??

  • admin May 2, 2008, 6:19 pm

    If I were only getting this information as hearsay from other sources, I would not have published it. However, we have personally dealt with these individuals and I would testify under oath to the correctness of everything I have said we have experienced. He may not have been found guilty in a court of law but he is very guilty in reality.

    If we only brought sin to light when we were sinless the priest scandal would never have been revealed. I don’t think that is what you are implying but that is what you are saying.

    If I had dealt with a company that had stolen my money and had found out that they are still taking people’s money and are still asking for people’s money, I would consider it my obligation to warn other people about dealing with that company. Wouldn’t you?

  • girlnextdoor May 2, 2008, 9:00 pm

    Mark Ino seems to be the one filled with hate. I appreciate the warning.

  • Mark Ino May 3, 2008, 3:06 am

    No I would not! You seem to be on a mission of destruction. I lost money with several companies in the past. Sure had anger. But again as I said eariler, FORGIVNESS will set you free. You also admit that this person or company has not been found guilty in a court of law. What you are in fact saying is hear say. You seem to be judge and jury here. And girlnextdoor I think you can not read. How do you get hate out of my postings? I will pray for both of you. May God Bless you and pour his blessing upon you. May he bring forgivness to your hearts. I ask this is Jesus name. Amen.

  • Mark Ino May 3, 2008, 3:54 am

    Hatred (odium inimicitiae , or hostility) in general is a vehement aversion entertained by one person for another, or for something more or less identified with that other. Hatred aimed directly at the person, indulges a propensity to see what is evil and unlovable in him, feels a fierce satisfaction at anything tending to his discredit, and is keenly desirous that his lot may be an unmixedly hard one, either in general or in this or that specified way. This kind of hatred, as involving a very direct and absolute violation of the precept of charity, is always sinful and may be grievously so.

    This is a Catholic definition of Hatred and how it violates Charity, which is always sinful. Spending this much time on acts of hatred must really consume ones time. I pray you will focus your gifts on your own company and working with others. I pray you respect the rights of others. I pray you will not be a false accuser. I pray for you to receive the healing power of the Holy Spirit. As a Roman Catholic Priest for over 30 years in a mostly Muslim country, I have seen this type of hatred coming from others and directed to only hurt and destroy. This is not the way of our lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. I will pray for a better understanding to be bestowed upon you. May God Bless you, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

  • girlnextdoor May 3, 2008, 8:59 am

    Fr. Mark Ino, you seem to be yelling your objections to the author of this blog. I don’t think we, as Catholics, are called to be doormats to fraudulent companies. And I do believe we are called to expose lies. They don’t always have to be through the court system. There are other levels of justice. For example, when a retail owner treats you, as a customer, poorly you may tell others of your experience. They are thus warned and this may impact the how others shop–they may no longer go to this store. There is nothing sinful in this. Because the customer has not brought this complaint to the court system does not mean his claim is false.

    I’ve heard all sorts of definitions of forgiveness. One states that forgiveness must occur when the offender is truly sorry and has performed some acts of penance and restitution. Has Michael Galloway performed his part to merit forgiveness?

    Once again, I appreciate this warning. This blog author has done nothing wrong. Let’s not create sins where they don’t exist.

    In Christ

  • girlnextdoor May 3, 2008, 9:01 am

    “Hatred aimed directly at the person, indulges a propensity to see what is evil and unlovable in him,”

    This is what it seems you feel toward the blog author.

  • MissJean May 3, 2008, 9:17 am

    Thank you for the warning.

  • Commander Craig May 3, 2008, 5:08 pm

    Holy Cow! I wasn’t aware of any of this. I’ve been using their free press release distribution to promote my Internet radio show. Fortunately I haven’t given them any money. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  • Stan Williams, Ph.D. May 4, 2008, 9:40 am

    I have done some business with Catholic OnLine and while I have no complaint about them, there is something amiss by an OnLine company trying to start an OnLine association that includes competitors. I’ve been tempted in the past to do things like this, but there is a conflict of interest, and thus it does not “ring” true to me, so I refrain. A true OnLine association should be a group that encourages other businesses to join it without the taint of self-promotion. In other words, Ford Motor cannot start an Auto Club and expect GM and Chrysler to join. It’s not a valid association in a capitalistic culture. Thus, I am restrained from joining Michael Galloway organization. Now if Galloway were to form an independent organization and share the founding rights with the heads of other on-line competitors, like Tom Allen of Catholic Exchange, and Fr. Roderick Vonhogen of SQPN.com, and others…. then we have the making of something perhaps worthwhile.

  • TonyS May 6, 2008, 10:14 am

    I want to thank the admin of this site for posting this warning. It was not posted out of hate or judgement, but to bring certain facts to light before other people get involved with COL.

    Ultimately, we all make our own decisions. I will not tell anyone to do or not do business with COL.

    All I can tell you is that I have firsthand knowledge of COL and I will refrain from doing business with them under their current ownership.

    I am confident that the various legal proceedings will provide further light as to the way they have conducted their business.

    Jesus said,

    “Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
    A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.”

  • Susan Bailey May 16, 2008, 10:41 am

    Thanks for the warning. Please keep us updated on further developments.

  • TonyS May 16, 2008, 11:05 am

    Here is a link to video on a Bakersfield, CA news Web site for those interested.

    http://www.eyeoutforyou.com/home/18992904.html

    People can judge for themselves.

    Peace

  • Matt C. Abbott May 20, 2008, 1:20 pm

    Thank you for the post.

  • Ann Lewis May 21, 2008, 6:34 am

    I just wanted to point out, that if you want a legit organization that supports all Catholic industries, you should try the Catholic Marketing Network: http://www.catholicmarketing.com/

    I received this email and wondered who they were. I’m glad you pointed this out.

    God bless.

  • watching May 27, 2008, 3:55 pm

    Thanks so much for this info and the news channel link. All that glitters is not gold. I, too, almost took the hook on the Media Association. Your site has saved me from that mistake. The fact he is sitting on all the “Catholic” domain names tells me what I need to know that he is not an ethical man in my opinion.

  • UntwistedTruth June 4, 2008, 9:02 am

    “MARK INO” IS GALLOWAY or an agent of his. So don’t waste your breath arguing with him.

    These are exactly the same tirades Galloway uses to try to intimidate those he has abused and alledgedly defrauded. Galloway blaims bias, attacks his Catholic accusers as being poor Catholics and haters, and so on. Anything to distract from his own wrongdoing against fellow Catholics.

    If his rants and bullying don’t work, then he tries the guilt routine of how you should confess and he will pray for you. Dozens of others have been bullied and abused over the years.

    Every attack and even the phrasing comes direct from Galloway. One more deception and bullying tactic.

  • Susan Bailey June 4, 2008, 1:20 pm

    Do you have proof that “Mark Ino” is Galloway or an agent of his? That’s a pretty serious charge. I agree that the tone of the posts is similar but I for one would like to see proof of what you’re saying.

  • UntwistedTruth June 7, 2008, 12:09 am

    Susan B…What’s a pretty serious charge? That the guy under criminal investigation both with the state and IRS would use an alias on the blog to rant against the organization he ripped off? The blog of the same organization that he tried to intimidate with legal threats? Who else but Galloway would call disabled Catholic nuns who got ripped off part of an Agenda?

  • Susan Bailey June 7, 2008, 7:57 am

    With all the legal troubles Mr. Galloway has, I hardly think he would take the time to dispute a blog. Perhaps Mr. Ino is a friend or associate of Mr. Galloway’s, but I think he should speak for himself. Your accusation against Mr. Ino is irresponsible because you have no proof. I don’t agree with Mr. Ino’s posts and I find them to be unnecessarily inflammatory, but I hardly think such an accusation against him is called for.

    And with regards to Mr. Galloway, granted, the evidence and his behavior towards the complaintents looks pretty incriminating BUT this is America, remember? Innocent until PROVEN guilty? It certainly is prudent to practice caution when dealing with Catholic Online and his other organizations (I know I am). It’s one thing to practice caution; it’s another to proclaim him guilty before he’s been tried before a court of law.

  • UntwistedTruth June 8, 2008, 10:46 am

    Apparently you haven’t read all the liens the IRS already has in place. Your attitude is good theory but based on total naivete on Galloway…and about lawyers and courts.

  • Susan Bailey June 8, 2008, 10:56 am

    Oh no, I am well aware of all the liens and the trouble Mr. Galloway is in. But he hasn’t been tried yet. And like I said, prudent people will be very cautious about doing business with his organizations (or not do business at all) but that’s not the same as saying he’s guilty before it’s been proven.

    Blogs are great, but people think they can say whatever they want without any basis in fact. There’s too much heresay on blogs and it undercuts their credibility. All I’m really saying is this: provide solid proof that Mark Ino is either Mr. Galloway or an associate of his, or don’t say it on this blog.

  • TonyS June 19, 2008, 1:18 pm

    Here is an article from the Catholic News Service:

    http://www.catholicreview.org/subpages/storyworldnew-new.aspx?action=3657

    Here is the email address of the Assistant DA involved with the case. He is looking for other parties that may have had a less than positive experience with COL.

    Assistant DA of Kern County, Calif.

    JMITCHELL@co.kern.ca.us

  • UntwistedTruth June 19, 2008, 2:21 pm

    Susan,

    And “all I’m really saying is this:” The comments alone offer more proof that Ino is a.k.a Galloway than not. Try substituting your self-righteous indignation for being a little more vexed about the dozen or so Catholic charities that got ripped off and the poor, helpless, homeless and sick that did not get helped bcs of that.

    Geeesshhh, give me a break.

  • Susan Bailey June 19, 2008, 5:26 pm

    I’m not backing down from my premise despite the name calling. And trust me, I am very ‘vexed’ about what happened to the people involved in this case. I have more vested in and know more about this case than I am willing to reveal here. It could be deliberate fraud at its worst, or mismanagement and incompetency at its least, but either way, the injured parties need to be compensated. Don’t think for a moment that I am not sympathetic to what they’re going through.

    What good though is accomplished by making wild accusations against someone posting on this board? Nothing. The good that has been accomplished is that people are now forewarned not to do business with COL until at least the court case is heard and this all shakes down.

    All I’m trying to be is fair. If you take that as “self-righteous indignation,” so be it. I just hope no one ever makes accusations without proof against you.

  • UntwistedTruth June 19, 2008, 5:34 pm

    So do I and I don’t need a jury to decide what I already know about Galloway. And the last thing Galloway cares about is being fair.

  • Susan Bailey June 19, 2008, 6:07 pm

    Doesn’t mean we have to be like him.

    There’s no point in us bickering about this. Let’s just hope and pray justice is done for all concerned. That’s what’s really important.

  • UntwistedTruth June 19, 2008, 6:10 pm

    Totally agree!

  • Susan Bailey June 19, 2008, 6:46 pm

    Yay! :-)

  • Lynn Geyer June 19, 2008, 8:41 pm

    I declare a draw and order Susan and Untwisted Truth to a virtual hug for finally agreeing! I think all of us got everyone’s point and are on our toes when it comes to COL!…Thanks mostly to this forum…SOOOOO…..Who’s going to CMN in August???

  • UntwistedTruth June 20, 2008, 8:37 am

    Sorry for ignorance….what’s CMN?

  • Lynn Geyer June 20, 2008, 8:50 am

    Sorry! CMN stands for Catholic Marketing Network which is a membership trade association for wholesalers and retailers that focus on the Catholic/Christian market. They’re based in Texas and recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary. You have to be a ‘member’ to take vendor space to sell your goods. Retailers from all over the country come to shop for their stores. The website is The conference this year is being held in Somerset NJ in August, though it has been held in numerous other cities around the US these last 10 years. It’s a terrific organization that really encourages support and growth of Catholic Bookstore ownership. Thom Price and Doug Keck from EWTN come to the CMN Trade Show and broadcasts live radio for all 2 – 3 days of the show. If anyone is in the Somerset area please stop in; I’m sure you’ll be impressed with what CMN is doing to assist the Catholic Bookstores and manufacturers and even us lowly musicians! >

  • Lynn Geyer June 20, 2008, 8:52 am

    OOOps I see it blipped out the website name of CMN…which is www CatholicMarketing dot com.

  • admin June 20, 2008, 9:04 am

    We will be attending! I’m helping to organize the store seminars on Tuesday.

  • M1961 July 2, 2008, 12:10 am

    Man, how utterly disappointing. So, doesn’t Bakersfield have a Bishop? An organization cannot use the word “Catholic” in its name without some sort of episcopal permission… and they (the Bishops) are usually pretty stringent about this. I’ve been looking at CatholicOnline for years. I’m really saddened by this news. And you know what? I saw the e-mail appeal they sent out for the disabled sisters… I am also surprised though that Galloway has not, believe it or not, counter-sued… to the extent that the Retrouvaille people advised donors to submit chargebacks to their credit card company. So now what? I read the Bakersfield articles on the net and the stories were written by non-Catholics who were a bit unaware of what Galloway was involved in… To break it down, the NOLA money discrepancy is described as $4,000 (there was nomention of how much total was donated), trhe nuns $16,000 and the Retrouvaille people about $15,000 although that isa bit unclear. Galloway’s house is in arrears… If I were Galloway, I’d sell the business — but here’s what’s really confusing me. CatholicOnline always represented itself as a 501 c 3 charity… so how could it be facing tax problems? Very sad indeed. OK here’s another site that may be of interest: Catholic Answers (and yes, they have Episcopal permission.) As forCMN, if you’re not selling religious articles or books, it doesn’t look like it’s for you… maybe they have a membership for others?

  • Maria Galloway March 17, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I’m Michael Galloway’s sister and it’s a sad story to read about or hear but all is true against my brother, Michael Galloway. There’s much more to say but I’ll leave it at that. I just want all his illegal activities to stop! I do not condone his behavior or his wife, Sandy Galloway’s, behavior. Unfortunately, if all of you go back into their past and ask their past friends, business partner, you’ll hear that they have indeed stolen money from them also. This is terrible coming from a family member, but I worked for him and I know what goes on! It needs to stop and they both need to pay for their illegal activities.

  • thanks March 25, 2009, 1:51 pm

    thanks for the warning!

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