13 August 2008

Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit.


These are the words of Christ in Matthew 15:14. They came to mind after I read an email sent out by the notorious excommunicate Marek Bozek, relevant excerpts of which are below:

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From: pastor@stanislauskostka.com
Subject: Fr. Doyle and pics
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 21:59:24 -0500

Dear Parishioners,

I was asked by Fr. Tom Doyle, O.P., our canon lawyer and friend, to share with all of you some of his thoughts on the recent developments at St. Stanislaus. You will find his Letter attached to this e-mail message. In your spare time I would also encourage you to familiarize yourselves with the speech he gave last month in Chicago to the annual gathering of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) ...


Finally, if you have not seen yet all 16 beautiful photos accompanying the story from Sunday's Post Dispatch, you can see them at
http://stltoday.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=571081&CategoryID=38578&ListSubAlbums=0 I have to say, those pictures are much better than the story itself...

Peace and love, Marek


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Yes, yes, the friend of St. Stanislaus referred to is Fr. Thomas Doyle, the canon lawyer
disciplined by Archbishop Burke after having been found guilty of canonical delicts of 1) abuse of ecclesiastical function by act and omission, and this with malice; and 2) illegitimate placing and omitting an act of ecclesiastical function, with harm to another, with culpable negligence.

Archbishop Burke imposed two ferendae sententiae penalties on Doyle, namely, that Doyle was deprived of any office of canonical procurator or advocate within the boundaries of the Archdiocese, and that he is to effect restitution to Bernice Krauze and Stanley Rozanski (former Board members who recently reconciled with the Catholic Church) of any and all monies he may have received in that case.

In fact, the decree against Doyle is quite blunt, to use the Archbishop's own words: "As a result of the instant case, any solicitation, on the part of Rev. Doyle, to provide canonical advice or representation is deemed inept by the same Archbishop."

Bearing the above in mind, what advice does Doyle give to the followers of Bozek? Essentially, don't worry, everything you're doing is fine, and what the Archbishop said doesn't matter. Wow, great advice. Here is an excerpt from the Doyle letter attached to the Bozek email:

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"Those who receive the sacraments from Father Bozek do not commit mortal sins. Those who run for Board offices or accept elections are not in danger of eternal damnation. Disobedience of a Church law or of an order or command of a bishop is not equated with a sin against God...except in the minds of the bishops who issue the orders. Church leaders have often claimed that their orders are the equivalent of God's will and Catholics have been so intellectually numbed by the clergy that they believe this nonsense."

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Well, I'm no canon lawyer, but I guess the quality of that advice is open to question.

I think St. Paul would have different advice, and his words speak to Catholics today in support of Archbishop Burke:

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I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming and his kingdom: Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.
For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry.

2 Timothy 4: 1-5a.

We can all decide for ourselves which advice is better.

1 comment:

Peter said...

May God have mercy on their souls!
God willing- the people of the St. Stan Corp. will see the fruits of their act. I mean HONESTLY look at what has come from their schism and they will see where the light and truth are.