28 May 2008

Time for Reconciliation

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!


doughboy said...

Excellent commentary. Bravo.

Anonymous said...

The people of St. Stan's are (or were) Catholics, but they are also Poles. Poles have a long cultural history of being pushed around by German armies, Russian armies, Communist dictators, Irish bishops in the 1800s in the U.S., and so on. They arguably have some good reason for feeling they have been treated unjustly and uncharitably, even if everything has been in accordance with canon law, strictly speaking. They've been given the choice of (a) complete capitulation to Archbishop Burke and all of his demands, or (b) stay the course they are on. I think we all know they cannot now give Archbishop Burke the keys to their building and say, "Go ahead and sell or demolish our beloved, beautiful parish church building, if you want to, as you did with the former beautiful St. Boniface church, which now is the Ivory Theatre wherein raunchy plays are regularly performed." This whole disaster could have been worked out behind the scenes, with patience. St. Stan's was not setting an example that other parishes were attempting to follow. Practically speaking, no one even knew about their arrangement wherein the parish board controlled the parish finances. We DO desperately need bishops to enforce doctrinal orthodoxy and liturgical soundness. But this crisis, at the beginning, involved neither of those matters. It could have been worked out. Now people have been excommunicated, and most people in this diocese, rightly or wrongly, view the Archdiocese as being obsessed with money and being willing to crush people to control wealth. World War II went on a year or so longer that it had to, because the Allies demanded unconditional surrender from Germany and Japan. Well, in that war that probably was necessary. But the conflict between the Archdiocese is not really a life-of-death matter like World War II. May the God of Heaven guide us! We are so often fools! Amen.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, Anon 01:23, I don't think this has anything to do with the fact that the parishioners are Poles or with World War II. This is more of a case of a renegade priest who wants to be in charge and who is a dissenter from Catholic doctrine. His participation in the "ordination" ceremony of women, among other things, proves that. He wants an inclusive Church as long as it excludes the hierarchy or anybody who disagrees with him. He is the cancer that must be cut out. Is he a naturalized citizen of the U.S.? If not, why not deport him. This is indeed a sad situation, but to lay the blame at the feet of the duly appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese is not fair nor true.