Saint Louis Catholic has learned that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected the recourse of the Board of Directors of the former St. Stanislaus Parish filed in March 2006, confirming the Decree of Excommunication issued by Archbishop Burke on December 15, 2005.
In vindication of Archbishop Burke, the Vatican found that the Board committed the delict of schism. Further, it held that the Board neglected to file within the legal deadline, and that it was negligent in failing to comply with the requirements of Canon Law.
Recently, Archbishop Burke issued a decree of extra-judicial adjudication against the Board's canon lawyer, Thomas Doyle, which held he was guilty of abuse of ecclesiastical function and of having acted with "culpable negligence". In that case, Doyle was found to have failed to respond in a timely manner with regard to the summonses that led to the excommunication of two other, later-elected St. Stan's Board members.
Could Fr. Thomas Doyle, OP, JCD be responsible for all of these acts of negligence? According to press reports, it was he who filed the recourse at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC in 2006.
The decision of the CDF vindicates the decisions made by Archbishop Burke concerning the entire lamentable St. Stanislaus schism.
In related news from St. Stan's today, sources informed St. Louis Catholic that a young man from the Detroit area was putatively ordained to the priesthood at St. Stanislaus by a Bishop affiliated with the disgraced Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the excommunicated former Catholic Bishop with ties to the Moonie sect, who advocates a married priesthood and who is in schism from Rome.
Fr. Bozek announced to the congregation of the former parish within the last few weeks that St. Stan's would host a "special Mass" on May 27, 2008. Today, sources told St. Louis Catholic that the young man mentioned above arrived at the Church already dressed in clerical garb, and announced he was there to be ordained. Later, a car arrived with another cleric, who entered the Church, which, as KMOX reported, was then locked and closed to the public. I cannot yet confirm the cleric's identity, but it is speculated to be excommunicated, putative Bishop Peter Paul Brennan, who was an Old Catholic Church Bishop who was putatively and conditionally consecrated by Milingo back in 2006.
When asked for information, KMOX reported they were told by a woman in clerical attire at the door that the Board had directed that the service was private. Sources have told Saint Louis Catholic that this statement is factually inaccurate.
There has been no announcement about whether any other ordinations occurred today, nor was there any announcement of episcopal consecration of Bozek himself. Time will tell if the disgraced excommunicate priest will push matters that much further.
Also, as has been previously reported here, the living quarters of Fr. Bozek have been the subject of recent turmoil among the St. Stan's Board and membership. It now appears that Bozek has acquired by some fashion a separate residence apart from the St. Stan's rectory. The St. Louis City Assessor's office shows a publicly available record of ownership by one Marek B. Bozek.
The next act of this scandalous show should be interesting. I will post further information as I get it.