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.


Ken said...

Perhaps I missed it, but what about the current Polish Catholic community that left St. Stan's back in the day for greener pastures? Will they and their priest (Fr. Litak, is it?) return from St. Agatha's?

ordinary catholic said...

Thank you, Timman, for such thorough analyses and your wise comments. It's too bad the Post Dispatch doesn't read your blog first to get the real, unbiased story.

thetimman said...

Ken, it is a question worth answering, but let's see the settlement at Stan's first.

OC, you're welcome, but I get all my analyses from other people. :-)

Anonymous said...

> what about the current Polish
> Catholic community that left
> St. Stan's back in the day for
> greener pastures?

This is a gross mischaracterization of the circumstances at hand. Things will be difficult-enough without nonsense like this cropping up.

Ken said...

Gross? Nonsense? I thought that the archdiocese provided a Polish language Mass at St. Agatha's at the outset of the problems with St. Stan's. Am I incorrect? I just wonder about the need for another Polish priest should there be a reconciliation at St. Stanislaus Kostka. And I'm wondering about what would happen at St. Agatha. Seems to be a fair question.

Please clarify I am am wrong, but you don't need to be condescending and uncharitable.