Sent: Friday, January 25, 2008 5:21 PM
Subject: my hearing at the Archdiocesan Court
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
As you may know by now, I have been invited by the Most Reverend Archbishop Raymond Burke to appear at the hearing and canonical admonition at the Archdiocesan Court located at the Catholic Center ( 4445 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis , MO ). After offering two different dates, our Archbishop has decided finally on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 9:00 o’clock a.m. I intend to be present at this hearing, which will initiate all kinds of judicial penal processes in regard to my person as a Roman Catholic priest. I admit that I approach this date with respect and trepidation, feeling sometimes like a young and ill-prepared David who is about to face giant and powerful Goliath and all his armies.
Believing in the power of prayer, I call upon all my Friends and Supporters to come and pray the Holy Rosary at the front of the above mentioned Catholic Center on 4445 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis , MO on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 8:50 a.m. I will say a short prayer with all gathered and then proceed to the meeting with the Archbishop and his lawyers. It will give me strength of spirit to know that you are praying for me right there, just outside the windows, while I face my accusers. During this meeting I will present Archbishop Burke with yet another offer of reconciliation, an offer that he would be very imprudent to reject. Once the meeting is over I will share with you the details of my offer and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
I realize that the hearing is scheduled on a weekday, when many of you are working, trying to provide for you and your loved ones. This is why I am mindful of what a big favor I ask of you. However, I believe it is the time when we all need to stand brave and expressed our strong disapproval of the abusive actions of many in the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Far too long we have been indifferent to the crisis and abuse of power in our beloved Church, The time has come to stand for what we believe is right and just.
I remain truly yours: pastor, friend and a companion on a spiritual journey.
Dear Reverend Bozek,
Although many will be unable to be physically present with you in St. Louis on February 5th, please be assured that you will be in the prayers of many Catholics who support your actions protecting the parish and parishioners of St. Stanislaus. Your courage is an example for each of us to follow. It’s a disgrace that your actions could lead to consequences for your personal well being, your future and the potential of being denied the vocation that you have so bravely and selflessly pursued. The actions of archbishop Burke and the possible actions of the clerics in Rome remind me of a period during the 1950’s when then Cardinal Minzenty (spelling) was being attacked and ultimately jailed by the communists for his devotion to his Church, his faith and his vocation. The memories of that event jolts a passion within me that is not pleasant. It’s inconceivable that an action by an archbishop and cardinals of our church would revive those passions almost 60 years later. Unfortunately however, these men who claim the right to judge you have fallen prey to the same devious allusions of power that have blinded their moral and ethical judgment. In a word, they are corrupt.
I pray that your solution resolves the differences with Burke’s demands but, please be assured that whatever your solution involves, you are supported by Catholics throughout our country We agree that it is time (past time) that we stand brave and in solidarity expressing our strong disapproval of the actions of many of the bishops and cardinals of our Roman Catholic Church. (I refuse to acknowledge their “heirarchial” designation as an expression of their authority - which does not exist in my perspective) Thank you for risking all in order to break the bond of indifference and standing firm for doing what we believe and know is right. May Christ provide you His ultra human courage as you endure this travesty.
God bless you and protect you.
VOTF Boston & SWFlorida