27 January 2008

Excommunicated Fr. Bozek to Appear at Chancery: Calls for Protesters to Appear, Too

Found at a dissenter site, Fr. Bozek, the unrepentant and excommunicated "pastor" of the former St. Stanislaus Parish, sent an email to his parishioners and "friends" in the dissenting world relating his appearance at the Catholic Center, 4445 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108, on February 5, 2008 at 9 am.

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.

Marek Bozek

Just who are Fr. Bozek's "friends" and "companions on a spiritual journey"?  Well, the same site posts a response by a leader of the so-called "Voice of the Faithful":

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.

Ed Wade

VOTF Boston & SWFlorida

With all charity, Fr. Bozek, the spiritual journey you are on, if you do not change course, can only end in one place.  Your press clippings, and self-proclaimed martyr status won't be of any solace there.  You have placed yourself in grave spiritual danger through your own pride and through your own actions.

Furthermore, the self-made comparison to yourself as David is repugnant and laughable, as is your VOTF friend's comparison to the hero of the clerical anti-communist movement in Eastern Europe.  Could either of you be more arrogant?

In a related note, Fr. Kleba of St. Cronan's date to appear is January 29, 2008, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor, also at 9am.  May St. Francis protect our Archbishop, in whose likeness he pastors his flock in St. Louis.


Anonymous said...

There is always a temptation for church authorities to try to use their power to stamp out dissent. The effort is rarely successful, because dissent simply seeks another forum, where it may become even more virulent. To the extent that the suppression is successful, it may also do harm. It inhibits good theology from performing its critical task, and it is detrimental to the atmosphere of freedom in the church. The acceptance of true doctrine should not be a matter of blind conformity, as though truth could be imposed by decree. The church, as a society that respects the freedom of the human conscience, must avoid procedures that savor of intellectual tyranny.
--Cardinal Avery Dulles, from "Conscience and Authority"

Anonymous said...

“In the depths of his conscience, man detects a law which he does not impose upon himself, but which holds him to obedience. Always summoning him to love good and avoid evil, the voice of conscience can when necessary speak to his heart more specifically: do this, shun that. For man has in his heart, a law written by God. To obey it is the very dignity of man; according to it he will be judged. Conscience is the most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God, whose voice echoes in his depths.” (Gaudium et Spes, n.16, trans. Abbot p. 213)y

Latinmassgirl said...

How wonderful of Fr. Bozek to call on all of his friends to pray the rosary for him!!!!! I truly will pray for him also!

If enough people pray the rosary, Fr. Bozek will be ON HIS KNEES, asking forgiveness from our good and holy Archbishop Burke, who will forgive him and help him repair his soul, because he honors and obeys a boss he loves with his whole being, the Holy Mother Church.

Everybody, please pray for this misguided priest, as God loves his priests so much! And so do we!

thetimman said...

I allowed the two anonymous posts repeating the usual liberal citation to Gaudium et Spes--taken completely out of context-- to point out that the conscience one must obey must be properly formed, and that it is a grave obligation for a Catholic to properly form his conscience by knowledge of, and adherence to, the truths of the Catholic faith. So, that quote, and the Dulles quote-- also out of context, don't quite help Fr. Bozek or his crowd. And the fact is, they know it.

Rest assured that the properly formed conscience would never say it was ok to violate the moral law concerning abortion or gay "marriage" or women "priests". And it would not justify defying the local ordinary where he commands any non-sinful thing.

Try something else. Your hijacking of Vatican 2 is about to end.

Anonymous said...

Ed Wade of the VOTF wrote in his letter of support for Fr. Bozek:

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)"

Stop right there. If Ed Wade doesn't recognize the heirachical authority of the Bishops then he needs to be called in for a "canonical admonition".

Let's pray that His Grace Raymond Burke continues to NOT care whether "Everyone Loves Raymond" and goes on serving subpoenas to all fake Catholics who are too cowardly to just leave. heretics.