21 April 2008

Former St. Stanislaus Board Member Florek Urges New Dialogue with Burke: Cites "New Religion" of Fr. Bozek


First, former advisor to the Board of St. Stan's, Roger Krasnicki, urged the Board to oust Fr. Bozek.  Now, Ed Florek, a former Member of the Board of Directors, is urging the Board to seek a new dialogue with Archbishop Burke.

The price of schism is high, and some are wisely reconsidering the worth of paying it.  I for one am gladdened by any movement towards reconciliation with the Church and submission to proper ecclesiastical authority, even if the step is a small one.  A return of this lost sheep would cause more rejoicing than 99 who do not stray, to quote our Lord.

Many thanks to the reader who drew my attention to this news item.

The language of the letter to the Board, and the open letter to the parish, merit some attention and interpretation  the letters are at the link above, but below is a summary:

Open letter to parish:

--On April 10, 2008, Florek states that his (and one other parishioner's) suggestion that the Board begin a new dialogue with Archbishop Burke was agreed to by Fr. Bozek.  Bozek insisted, however, that the congregation give the Board a mandate to do so first.  He cited to fact that the former parish had given a mandate to the Board to hire a Catholic priest after the Archdiocesan priest was removed.

--Florek points out that after Bozek made public his new "vision" for the Church in the wake of his being caught in flagrante delicto at the women's pretend ordinations, he has shown that he has departed from the Catholic religion.  Hence the laicization process underway.  In light of this, Florek very logically concludes that the mandate the former parish gave the Board to hire a Catholic priest remains unfulfilled.  

--Hence, Florek argues, the Board needs no further mandate to attempt to reconcile with the Archbishop and secure the services of a Catholic priest who is actually a believing and practicing Catholic.  It should be obvious at this point, in my opinion, that the only reason Bozek insists on a new mandate to seek dialogue with the Archbishop is that the former parish is stacked with his new wacky friends-- he can count on them to back him.

--Florek also rightly points out that Bozek didn't ask the former parish for a mandate before laying hands on Elsie and Rose, nor did he before issuing his manifesto.

--Two of Florek's suggestions for the letter of approach to Archbishop Burke are that the letter not contain any conditions, and that it be "humble".  Well stated.  "The only lasting peace for our parish will come through dialogue with Archbishop Burke.  St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish was built as a Roman Catholic Church, and should remain a Roman Catholic Church true to our forefathers."

Open Letter to the Board of Directors:

--Florek states that as of February 21, 2008, even canon lawyer Fr. Doyle was in favor of a meeting to see "what's behind" the open door offered by Archbishop Burke.  (I wonder if he still feels that way, btw).

--Florek urges the Board to remember that this isn't about money or property (!):  "That is history... now people have on their mind: the new direction of the parish, the separation from Rome, and the new religion."  He states a lot of people are confused with "the new religion".  No clarification on whether this means there is something imminent in the works to join a new religion, or merely that Bozek's teachings constitute a de facto new religion.  I tend to think it is the former, but am not sure.

--In big news, Florek claims to have met twice with Monsignor Gardin, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, most recently on April 7, 2008, and that Monsignor Gardin offered to serve as intermediary between the Board and the Archbishop.

Rozanski.  Florek.  These are long-time members of St. Stan's, who (at least in the former parish used to) wield influence.  They were involved, most unfortunately, in the creation of the current mess.  They both have been sensible enough to see some of the problems caused by this.  The facade of faux unity at St. Stan's is showing its cracks.

Prayer works, and praying for a just resolution of this debacle is worth the effort.  Even the people of St. Stan's are aware of the radical break from Catholicism that Bozek and his friends espouse.   Pray, pray for St. Stan's Board to seek a real reconciliation with the Church.

All of this is the necessary consequence of the probable laicization of Bozek.  If the former parish keeps a laicized person as its leader, it can't really claim to be Catholic. He will be ousted or the church will affiliate with another religion.  To do nothing will expose the falsity of their claim to still be a Catholic parish.

Can you imagine the media consternation should the Board call a press conference and announce they would obey the Archbishop, and the Archbishop announcing the lifting of the suppression decree?  Even if souls weren't at stake, that alone would make it a worthwhile prayer intention.

Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us.
St. Stanislaus Kostka, pray for us.  
St. Louis, pray for us.
St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
St. Rose Philippine Duschene, pray for us.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God! There is some hope yet. Perhaps even some of the grace of the papal visit will help emlighten other minds in that community. They should also thank God that Abp. Burke is so patient and ready to accept them. May we all offer some prayer and penance for reconciliation.

Anonymous said...

Tim,

Good Post. One comment. Ed Florek, God bless him, seems to have both understood and taken to heart our Archbishop's second to last statement on the St.Stan's problem.

If you remember, Our Grace has defined the St. Stans board and corporation as a "SECT".

His Excellancy's assessment of the St. Stansislaus entity as a separate "sect" is merely an expression in canon law of a fact "on the ground".

Mr. Florek seems to have taken this assessement to heart.

All that remains is to wonder what repercussions await "Catholics" who have joined this new and separate religion. In the Q & A following Archbishop Burkes declaration that the St. Stan's entity was a "Sect" it was asked whether St. Stan's members could be buried in Catholic cememtaries.

Answer: NO.

It may come down to a battle over humble consequences like that.

For instance: where do these folks at St. Stan's intend to marry their daughters? Will the groom's family stand still for a "faux wedding" at a "faux catholic" chruch which doubles as a Polish theme park?

What's going to happen when someone at the chancery takes a look at the donors to St. Stan's and starts cutting off their Archdiocesan contracts, since now they belong to a "different religion".

Archbishop BUrkes declaration that the St. Stan's Kostka Corporation represents a sect or different religion was accurate, subtle and unnoted by the press.

But it will have huge consequences.

Who'd a thunk it? Law has consequences. Even canon law.

I've actually lived to see the day.

Anonymous said...

Tim,

You wrote concerning Ed Florek's letters,

"He states a lot of people are confused with "the new religion". No clarification on whether this means there is something imminent in the works to join a new religion, or merely that Bozek's teachings constitute a de facto new religion." (My emphasis.)

Regarding your question.

You ask in effect whether there is "something immenent in the works to join a new religion". This would mean an alignment with some "shadow bishop".

You also ask, in effect, as to whether Bozek is just cooking his own witches brew.

Now consider this!

THe St. Stan's Church Bulletin of March 22nd declares that three individuals, two adults and an adolescent were received into "the church" on that date. The bulletin goes on to annoounce that they were baptized and CONFIRMED.

Dwell on that. CONFIRMED.

Who confirmed them? What bishop or what emmissary of a bishop?

Two things are possible, both incredible.

Either a "mystery bishop" or his emmissary (perhaps Bozek) showed up which means ST. Stan's is formally in communion with another schismatic group.

OR, Bozek confirmed them himself, auto-annointing himself a bishop.

In either case I believe the sacramental theology of Confirmation requires the influence of a Bishop.

EIther way you have there the "smoking gun". Three people were confirmed March 22, 2008 at St. STan's.

Ergo, they are now a separate religion or sect of an existing or fresh schism.

Which route they have taken is unclear but the fact of the misuse of the sacrament of confirmation
confirms that they truly are a new or at least different religion.

Anonymous said...

"Can you imagine the media consternation should the Board call a press conference and announce they would obey the Archbishop, and the Archbishop announcing the lifting of the suppression decree? Even if souls weren't at stake, that alone would make it a worthwhile prayer intention."

AMEN!!!!!