06 August 2008

Interim News in the St. Stan's Lawsuit

I apologize, but events being what they have been I was not able to attend the hearing in this case that was scheduled for today.  The Post is reporting that an "accord" has been reached between the Archdiocese and St. Stan's, but at first blush it appears to be an interim sort of agreement. The Archdiocese only agreed to drop the temporary injunction in exchange for the bylaws vote being delayed by St. Stan's.  The Board election is still on schedule.  From the full story, excerpts below, I will have more when I can get my antennae back up to speed.

Accord reached in St. Stan dispute

The St. Louis Archdiocese today agreed to drop its motion for a temporary restraining order against St. Stanislaus Kostka Church after the parish agreed to cancel a parishioner vote to amend the church’s bylaws scheduled for this weekend.

The new bylaws would have given parishioners authority to remove the church’s pastor, the Rev. Marek Bozek. According to the church’s current bylaws, the pastor can be fired only by a majority vote of the parish’s lay board.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Bryan L. Hettenbach presided over a nearly two-hour hearing in a courtroom packed with 120 St. Stanislaus parishioners who had become divided over the direction of the church under Bozek.

Last month, the archdiocese sued St. Stanislaus, asking a judge to restore the church to the structure that existed before its board re-wrote the bylaws in 2001, then again in 2004, eventually eliminating the archbishop’s authority. In the church's original bylaws its lay board controlled the property and assets while the archbishop appointed its board members and a pastor.

The parish was scheduled to elect new board members this weekend and vote to amend the church’s bylaws a third time. The compromise agreed to today will allow only the board election to take place.

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