25 July 2008
A Second Look at the St. Stanislaus Lawsuit
After reading the petition and related documents, discussing the matter with other Catholics, and some further reflection, I am inclined to think the lawsuit against St. Stanislaus is closer to possibility 1 from my earlier post.
First and foremost, if the lawsuit is successful or the parties settle along the lines indicated by the Archdiocese, it will have the immediate beneficial and cleansing effect of booting Bozek the Usurper to the curb. With him gone, and proper exorcisms performed in the Church and rectory buildings, Catholic life has a chance to resume at St. Stanislaus.
The administrator selected by the Archdiocese would be accountable to the new Archbishop; the Board, too, would be appointed and accountable to the Archbishop. Furthermore, the Archbishop would be able to exercise his necessary role in spiritual matters relating to the Catholicity of the parish. The parish would have title to whatever assets and funds they have, but the Archbishop would have control of the Board. As a reader pithily said, win-win.
Some in the media are trying to throw a red herring in the mix about the Polish language ability of the designated administrator named by the Archdiocese, insinuating that Polish Masses would cease. Hardly. There is absolutely no way the Archdiocese would do that; there will of course be Polish language Masses.
This type of arrangement may be necessary in order to reassure those people at St. Stanislaus who, though mistaken, mistrust the Archdiocese over the ownership issue-- whatever their initial culpability, it is undeniable they have been fed a line of nonsense that would of course lessen their trust.
And as for Archbishop Burke's position, as a friend reminded me His Grace has been relatively flexible regarding a solution of the St. Stanislaus problem in the past. The main problem was that the board changed the bylaws and wrote the Archbishop and the pastor out of them. Even if the structure of St. Stanislaus according to the original bylaws is somewhat unique, it respects the influence and jurisdiction of the competent ecclesiastical authority-- and this is the point.
Therefore, I think it will possible under the original bylaws to establish an administration that is in conformity with the canonical requirements.
The only way that this goes down as option 2, I think, is if future events allow a reversion of the lack of obedience to just authority properly exercised. And as to that, only time will tell.
Pray that this matter will be justly and mercifully settled, and that Catholic truth, Catholic liturgy and Catholic leadership may be restored to St. Stanislaus.