31 January 2008

I Simply Cannot Believe this Guy

Thank you (?) Wolftracker at Kansas City Catholic for forwarding this to me. How can this priest possibly show his head in public with stuff like this? Follow the links for added nausea.

From the Call to Action newsletter:

Fr. Marek Bozek of St. Stanislaus Parish attended the ordination of two women in November with the Roman Catholic Womenpriest movement, along with 600 other Catholic laity, clergy and women religious of St. Louis.

Now Archbishop Burke has called Fr. Bozek to a disciplinary hearing for his support of women's ordination. Fr. Bozek is asking you to pray for the Archbishop and him as they meet on Tuesday, February 5th at 9:00 a.m. Your prayer will join those of the crowd of supporters that will gather in the courtyard at the Archdiocesan Office in St. Louis at that time.

Fr. Bozek wrote in a letter to CTA, "Many have asked me why did I attend that ordination ceremony.... I only have one answer: I could not tolerate the abuse of my sisters any longer. I could not remain indifferent to the injustice being done to all those women graced by God with the priestly vocation."

Support this priest of courage with your prayers and stay tuned for further updates.

Grateful for your support,

Call To Action Staff

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The large highlighted paragraph above, if correctly quoted by Call to Action (in itself a major feat), is the nail in the coffin for anyone with the temerity to take Bozek's part in the matter before the Archbishop. He should be ashamed of himself, but like the other dissenter/martyrs, seems not to understand the concept.

Conscience, if repeatedly abused and starved, can be destroyed.


YoungCatholicSTL said...

Out of random curiosity, how does one (respectfully) address a "woman priest"? Clearly the title "father" would be inappropriate, and the terms "mother" and "sister" are already used with specific meaning. I have some names for them, but I'm sure they'd all be inappropriate.

Anonymous said...

'youngcatholicstl' asks good questions.


Also, a minor note: I read somewhere
recently, either on this blog or on
another, that there is a question out
there amongst trads (at least the
older ones) about what the multi-
colored 'scarves' actually *mean*.

In other words, is there any great sort
of meaning behind the rainbow colors
that one frequently sees everywhere on
the belongings of those whose politics
may be described as extreme-left, or

The meaning of such color patterns, as
far as I can tell, is to convey the
idea of 'diversity' -- in other words,
it is to emphasize that such people
who wear such things are all-inclusive
in their thinking.

So, actually, I think it is a great
way to start a conversation with such
people, and to point out to them that
the Holy Roman Catholic Church already
*is* all-inclusive. Catholics are
mandated to spread the Word of the
Gospel to all peoples, and to every
corner of the world.

Also, as 'youngcatholicstl' points
out, it is necessary to consider the
basic meaning of the word 'father'.
One should always be ready and able
to defend the faith; and these days,
especially, to defend the all-male
Catholic priesthood. I think that
the Saint Louis Diocese will be
lucky if this is the only such problem
that they see; as such things appear
to be happening with increasingly
greater frequency all over America.


Marc said...


Anonymous said...

To Youngcatholicstl,

If you study the arguments of the "womenpriest" movement you will be shocked to find that these ladies have no interest in really becoming priests at all. THey see their struggle as part of a higher movement which would abolish all forms of structure and heirarchy making terms like "Father" and "Mother" irrelevant.

I'm quite serious.

There are a quaint few in this movement who actually "want the job" of being a priest. For those rare individuals your question is spot on.

But for the majority of that movement your very logical concern is in fact irrelevant. Their ultimate goal is to replace the Catholic Church with something else.

Respectfully yours,

Old St. Louis Catholic

Anonymous said...

Regarding Bozek and the "woman priest" movement: finally one shoe has dropped. We now know that Bozek's misbehavior at St. STan's is only a small part of the Archbishop's case.

Has it occured to anyone that Marek Bozek has never satisfactorily answered the suspicions stemming from his dismissal from a Polish seminary?

According to the Post Dispatch he was dismissed for homosexual tendencies which Bozek claims to be untrue.

However he has never made public his refutation.

I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Who of us can be sure that Bozek's Polish days are not part o the reason he' being called in to see His Grace?

Same goes with Sr. Lears and Gerry Kleba. We don't really know what their indictments are about either. The Archbishop naturally is trying these cases outside the scrutiny of the media.

BUt this leaves the dissidents to frame their whole public cases in the terms that please them.

Anonymous said...

O.K., so, while we're discussing meanings, what does 'busted' mean here?

Also Old St. Louis Catholic wrote: "If you study the arguments of the "womenpriest" movement you will be shocked to find that these ladies have no interest in really becoming priests at all. THey see their struggle as part of a higher movement which would abolish all forms of structure and heirarchy making terms like "Father" and "Mother" irrelevant."

I couldn't have said it better myself. These are essentially people that have problems with any type of authority.
And actually, I've seen this from a lot more Catholic women than just the ones who publically attempt to become priests.

There are a whole lot of women who equate the hours they spend in the rectory, and the hours they spend with RCIA, and the hours they spend cleaning the pews, with the 'right' to be an EM, and the 'right' to be able to do anything the priest does. They might not ever try to become priests, but they consider themselves to be priests in all but name.

I've seen this from a whole lot of women; and trads don't usually talk about this phenomenon, even though it deserves some discussion. In some parishes it's so bad, that it becomes difficult to attend an NO Mass there -- one must be careful of where one sits, who one receives the Eucharist from, etc., etc. Of course it's better to attend the TLM, but that's not yet always possible due to busy schedules, or when one is traveling. The 'reform of the reform' hasn't quite reached all corners of the world yet; and there are simply a lot of women out there that want the NO, because they feel 'empowered' by many of its changes to the Church.

It's a prickly issue to discuss, because most of us have wives, sisters, aunts, etc. who we go to Church with. But it needs to be discussed, because I think that many of the abuses in the NO have occurred because women want to be included in all of the Church's doings. In one parish that I'm aware of, I've even seen lay women join the procession with the priest. The fact that some women try to become 'priestesses' has its root in such behavior, I believe, and trads need to talk about such things, and understand the root causes of such phenomenon.


YoungCatholicSTL said...

I agree with "Old Catholic" that the terms are largely irrelevant for the "womenpriests" movement. Out of curiosity, anyone know what they call them in the Anglican Church?