In the wake of the Vatican's rejection of their recourse, or appeal, of the Excommunication Decree of December 15, 2005, it is time for the Board of the former St. Stanislaus parish to take stock of where this whole thing will end.
It is time to reconcile with the Catholic Church.
Although their recourse was not timely and properly filed, the CDF also found that the Board had in fact committed the delict of schism, confirming the findings of Archbishop Burke.
It necessarily follows that no Catholic parish can make decisions regarding the administration of sacraments in contravention of Church teaching, hire clergy, and exist independently of the duly-appointed local Bishop. Whatever the original motives of the St. Stanislaus Board, no matter how justified they may have sincerely believed they were-- and in a spirit of charity let's give them credit for good motive-- this debacle has reached its logical end. When you cut yourself off of the vine, you wither.
Therefore, let us pray that these members of the Board will accept the olive branch already offered by the Archbishop in the wake of the Bozek and Doyle decrees, and which I am sure the Archbishop will again extend now, and vote to terminate Bozek's "services" with that church. He has inflicted a mortal wound on this parish, more serious by far than the original rift. If the Board continues to allow him to operate, the parish is dead.
But Christ can raise the dead.
And once the cancer is removed, healing can begin.
Just as the name St. Stanislaus now stands for contumacy and schism, when this reconciliation occurs, just think of the example of true Christian faith and reconciliation it will be. Catholics of Saint Louis are eager to welcome this prodigal parish back. Let us not be as the older brother in the parable, but be ready to rejoice.
If you need an invitation, St. Stanislaus, here it is: please come back. All it takes is 4 votes to oust Bozek, and then to seek a practical and pastoral solution to your status.
St. Stanislaus Kostka, pray for us!
Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us!
St. Louis, pray for us!
St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us!