31 July 2008

Birds of a Feather at St. Stan's

Robert Schutzius.

Lester Himstedt.

Who are these men, you ask?

They are listed as "Assisting Priests" in the St. Stanislaus Kostka bulletin. But who are they?

I have not been able to find out a lot about Lester Himstedt, but Robert Schutzius is another matter entirely.

The Women for Faith and Family site described Schutzius as follows in 2002:

Robert Schutzius, an ex-priest and a founder of the radical dissident group Association for Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC), been pushing a radical agenda for "restructuring" the Catholic Church for 30 years.

ARCC's June 17 statement on the Dallas bishops' meeting published on its web site states its concern that the bishops' charter "[reduces] all sexual abuse to the same level. This kind of draconian implementation violated the basic Christian principle of forgiveness and will result in harm to good men who have sinned and reformed".

"We are concerned by the lack of debate concerning the annulment of ordination. We are concerned at the relatively minimal involvement of lay people in bodies called to establish policies and effect structural changes. These bodies must be independent of all hierarchical ties and have real authority." (emphasis added).

ARCC also proposes an 8-page "Constitution of the Catholic Church" on its web site (http://arcc-catholic-rights.org/constitution.htm). Extremely ambitious and sweeping in its objectives for "radical equality" in the Church, the 1994 "Constitution" proposes that the pope be elected for "a single ten-year term by Delegates ... chosen as representatively as possible, one third being bishops".

The "Charter of the Rights of Catholic in the Church", endorsed by a spectrum of dissenting groups, is also published on the ARCC web. Among the endorsing groups are Call to Action (CTA), homosexual advocacy groups Dignity-USA, and New Ways Ministry, the Women's Ordination Conference, and CORPUS, a national association for married priesthood.

Schutzius is listed as a Board Member and Secretary for ARCC for 2007-08. He is pictured above, at the far left, seated next to Canon lawyer Thomas Doyle, also a listed Board Member. Doyle, who was found guilty of canonical delicts by Archbishop Burke in a Decree earlier this year, represented certain St. Stanislaus Board members in their unsuccessful excommunication case.

One big happy family at St. Stan's.

The threatened Board election is scheduled for August 10, 2008. Let's pray that the former Board members and the Archdiocese are successful in obtaining an injunction.


Peter said...

May God have mercy on us. They went from bad (Bozek) to even worse. do they honestly think they are still Catholic?

Sandy said...

An internet search provided a bit of information about Fr. Lester Himstedt. Birds of a feather do indeed flock together.

(Voice of the Faithful)

Found therein: "Finally, speakers representing VOTF’s three study groups will briefly address the issues of Church governance, the role of women in the Church, and Church finance." Also found: "Lester Himstedt, FOSIL Representative"


Among other nutty things, FOSIL supports Marek Bozek. On the FOSIL website under the tab "Church News" (old news dating back to February), in part:

"...Dear CTA members living in and near St. Louis,

As many of you are aware, there are two opportunities next week in St. Louis to show your solidarity with priests who stand on the side of church justice.

1) Fr. Marek Bozek of St Stanislaus has recently been called to a disciplinary hearing at Bishop Burke’s office because Fr. Bozek attended the ordination of two women in November. In a letter to CTA, he wrote: “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.” Fr. Bozek asks you to join him in prayer outside the diocesan offices this Tuesday, February 5th at 8:50 am while he meets with Bishop Burke. Please show your support for Fr. Bozek and show Bishop Burke that Catholics support priests of justice. See location details below...."

(Letter in National Catholic Distorter Titled "American Bishops" written by Fr. Himstedt)

Peggy said...

As soon as I saw the name Robert Schutzius I knew it was familiar to me. I had wondered if the former priest was from Belleville. Then my googling turned up an SIUE Business School prof with the same name (middle initial E). That must be where I knew the name, from business school at SIUE. Glad the former priest appears not to be from Belleville (so far).

Anonymous said...

"Father" Himstedt was ordained a priest in the Belleville Diocese in the 1960's. He left the priesthood (as did many others in Belleville and other American dioceses) in the early 70's after requesting and receiving dismissal from the clerical state.

He subsequently married, raised a wonderful family, and has done many, many good things in his life.

I know nothing about his association with St. Stanislaus. However, I am sure that he is doing what he believes is right.

Sandy said...

A few links to info about Robert Schutzius, a married, formerly-Catholic priest:


Links to samplings of some of the letters that Mr. Schutzius has written to the Post-Dispatch follow. If nothing else, his letters reflect how faithful he is to the teachings of the Catholic Church. NOT.