The local press is now picking up on the logical result of the St. Stan's lawsuit, should it be successful. The immediate situation would be a compromise: Bozek will be out, and the parish will still be operated in a manner different from other parishes. Before this STL Today story was posted, I wrote to a friend my initial take on the lawsuit:
It is apparent that the Archdiocese is not insisting that the parish conform its manner of administration to that of every other parish in the Archdiocese, as His Grace has insisted upon for three years without compromise. This leads to the logical conclusion that only two things are possible:
1. His Grace softened his position in order to bring about the reconciliation of the board members and the parishioners, and to protect the parish from Bozek and his schemes. The parish will, if the lawsuit is successful, revert to the status quo ante until some future date when perhaps a trust arrangement much like His Grace proposed three years ago is agreed to, thus ending the matter. The date of the lifting of the excommunications and His Grace's pastoral nature favor this possibility.
2. New management has essentially given up the whole point of the initial dispute in order to oust Bozek and regain the parish. The desire to compromise the situation with the Polish parishioners who forced this dispute and to perhaps garner the support of the former parish either for a settlement agreement or for the new Board vote, if held, favor this possibility.
If it is possibility number 1, the Archbishop deserves more credit than he will get in the press on this. Eventually, this will be reported either as a lose-lose caused by the "bully" and salvaged by the more pastoral chancery or else as a straight-out defeat for the Archbishop. Very few will want to appreciate the fact that the Archbishop's steadfast resolve may have made a reconciliation possible.
The second part of Bozek's quote, below (the first part is typical Bozek-speak), shows that this matter will be reported as a defeat for His Grace no matter what his intent and no matter how obvious it is that the Board's disobedience brought the moral disaster that has marked the Bozek-occupation.
The story says officials hope for a compromise before the injunction hearing on August 5. Only time and events will show which of the above possibilities is true. From the full article: