31 May 2008

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart at the Oratory


Newly-ordained priest Father Eric Kunz celebrated Solemn High Mass and Benediction, and Fr. Houser and a seminarian and clergy contingent from the Archdiocese were there to assist.  Fr. Lenhardt was Fr. Kunz' Assistant for the Mass.  Several Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus were there, too-- an order that mostly assists at the Ordinary Form but who have their own monthly Mass in the Extraordinary Form and who will host Solemn High Mass on June 6 at 9 am.  The Church was also pretty full considering it was a weeknight Mass on a non-holy day of obligation.

In short, I was taken by the wonderful unity, mutual support and cooperation among all of the groups mentioned.  In my post earlier this week about the Church's wonderful shepherds (that seemed to amuse Mick, for some reason), I was motivated by things such as this.  This is one of the fruits of the leadership of our Archbishop.  He took the lead among other bishops in generously applying the motu proprio Ecclesia Dei adflicta; he has taken immediate, pastoral and strong measures to ensure the full implementation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese.

This type of Mass, this type of harmony between those of the Latin Rite who attend each lawfully approved Form of Mass, between lay and clergy, secular and religious, must be pleasing to Him Whose Heart was honored last night.  I thank God for it.

Please continue your prayers for the Archbishop, for the priests of the Archdiocese, for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, and for all priests everywhere.

30 May 2008

Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, Miserere Nobis!



Surprise! "Womenpriests" Object to CDF's Excommunication Decree

At the end of a long and tiring day, I was able to enjoy a good chuckle while reading the so-called "romancatholicwomenpriests" press release in response to the decree from the Congregation for the Faith declaring that those who try to be, or make, "womenpriests" incur excommunication latae sententiae.

Feel free to read the release here.  WARNING:  It contains stellar reasoning such as the following gem:

In obedience to Jesus, we are disobeying an unjust law. The Catholic Church teaches that a teaching or law of the church is authoritative only if it is “received” by the sensus fidelium, the community of faith. If the community of faith does not accept the law, it has no effect on us. All people have a moral obligation to disobey an unjust law. St. Augustine taught that an unjust law is no law at all. Since 70% of U.S. Catholics favor women’s ordination and a growing majority of Catholics worldwide also favors women’s ordination, we do not “receive” or accept the Church's prohibition against the ordination of women and the church’s continued reliance on sexist metaphors, beliefs and assumptions for denying ordination to women.

Oof.

29 May 2008

Reuters Article on CDF Action

Full story here:

Vatican says will excommunicate women priests

Thu May 29, 2008 3:49pm EDT
By Phil Stewart


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of women priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication.

The decree was written by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and published in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, giving it immediate effect.
A Vatican spokesman said the decree made the Church's existing ban on women priests more explicit by clarifying that excommunication would follow all such ordinations.

Excommunication forbids those affected from receiving the sacraments or sharing in acts of public worship.

[...]

The Church says it cannot change the rules banning women from the priesthood because Christ chose only men as his apostles. Church law states that only a baptized male can be made a priest.
Proponents of women's ordination say Christ was only acting according to the social norms of his time.

[...]

Attempts to ordain women priests are highly unusual. But the archbishop of St. Louis earlier this year declared three women excommunicated after an ordination ceremony in his diocese.
Excommunication is usually "ferendae sententiae", imposed as punishment.

But some offences, including heresy, schism, and laying violent hands on the Pope, are considered so disruptive of ecclesiastical life that they trigger automatic excommunication, or "latae sententiae".

The decree says that women priests and the bishops who ordain them would be excommunicated "latae sententiae".

This was the same excommunication invoked against a renegade African archbishop who also broke Vatican rules when he ordained four married men bishops in 2006.

The archbishop, Emmanuel Milingo, made world headlines in 2001 for getting married himself in Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church at a mass wedding in a New York hotel. His union was never recognized by the Catholic Church.

(Writing by Phil Stewart, editing by Tim Pearce)

CDF Issues Decree: Women Who Attempt to Receive Ordination and Those Who Attempt to Ordain Them Incur Automatic Excommunication

The Latin :-) text is below; the first paragraph deals with the Code of Canon Law relevant to the Latin Rite, and the second paragraph is identical in effect, dealing with the Eastern Churches. Signed by Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the CDF. It states that both the women attempting to receive ordination and anyone trying to confect ordination on them incur excommunication, latae sententiae, reserved to the Apostolic See.

This ends all doubt as to the correctness of the Archbishop's recent actions, but I doubt it will cause a wholesale change of heart. It is something to pray for, though.

Congregatio Pro Doctrina Fidei

Decretum generale

de delicto attentatae sacrae ordinationis mulieris

Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei, ad naturam et validitatem sacramenti sacri ordinis tuendam, vigore specialis facultatis sibi a suprema Ecclesiae auctoritate in casu tributae (cfr can. 30 Codicis Iuris Canonici), in Congregatione Ordinaria diei 19 Decembris 2007, decrevit: Firmo praescripto can. 1378 Codicis Iuris Canonici, tum quicumque sacrum ordinem mulieri conferre, tum mulier quae sacrum ordinem recipere attentaverit, in excommunicationem latae sententiae Sedi Apostolicae reservatam incurrit.

Si vero qui mulieri sacrum ordinem conferre vel mulier quae sacrum ordinem recipere attentaverit, christifidelis fuerit Codici Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium subiectus, firmo praescripto can. 1443 eiusdem Codicis, excommunicatione maiore puniatur, cuius remissio etiam reservatur Sedi Apostolicae (cfr can. 1423 Codicis Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium).

Hoc decretum cum in L'Osservatore Romano evulgabitur, statim vigere incipiet.

Gulielmus Cardinalis Levada
Praefectus

Angelus Amato, s.d.b.
Archiep. titularis Silensis
a Secretis

Bozek Admits He May Glom onto Milingo


The oh-so-coy, limelight-avoiding, excommunicate Bozek admits, after grueling questioning no doubt, that the once- Catholic turned Moonie Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo is one of the "more than 2, less than 10" Bishops with whom he is seeking affiliation. I don't know how well Bozek would hold up at Guantanamo, but there it is.

More than 2, less than 10. I suppose he means "fewer" than 10, but no matter.

And who is Milingo? Here is how Tim Townsend describes him in today's STLToday article:

Milingo is a former Zambian archbishop who was excommunicated in 2006 after consecrating married priests as bishops. In 2002, Milingo married a Korean acupuncturist, chosen for him by Moon, in a mass wedding run by Moon's Unification Church.

I have to admit, if Bozek believes that affiliating with a Moonie excommunicate with severe mental issues will give him credibility, that says something about Bozek, doesn't it?

Bozek said he also has talked to retired diocesan bishops in good standing with the church, and to bishops in several so-called Old Catholic churches including the Polish National Catholic Church, the American Catholic Church and the Ecumenical Catholic Church.

"I intend to lead St. Stanislaus and continue to be the pastor of this parish even if I'm laicized by the Roman Catholic church," Bozek said.

Continue to lead them to hell-- come hell or high water.

And finally, the Profiles in Courage Award this week goes to Bozek's lackey Chairman of the Board, William Bialczak, who had this to say:


William Bialczak, chairman of the St. Stanislaus board, said Wednesday that he believed "the majority" of St. Stanislaus parishioners would remain at the church even if Bozek placed them under the authority of a bishop like Milingo."That would be OK for most of us," he said. "There's only one God we all pray to."

Good Headline

The CNA story on St. Stan's is up and can be found here.

I love the headline-- it is concise, accurate and devastating.

Schismatic St. Louis parish loses appeal to Vatican

28 May 2008

Revealed by Archbishop Burke's Statement: A Second CDF Decree Concerning Fr. Bozek

I have posted the Archbishop's statement in my most recent post.  However, contained therein is the news that the CDF has found that Fr. Bozek has committed the canonical delict of communatio in sacris.  The CDF has asked His Grace to inform Bozek to cease and desist within thirty days or else the CDF will ask the Holy Father to dismiss the excommunicated priest from the clerical state.

The relevant portion:

Regarding Reverend Marek Bozek

Some months ago, I was obliged to take further canonical actions in the matter of Reverend Bozek, the suspended and excommunicated priest who has been serving the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation, since December of 2005. Among those actions was the referral of his commissions of the delict of prohibited communicatio in sacris to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which has the competence to handle such matters.

Prohibited communicatio in sacris is the concelebration of "the Eucharist with priests or ministers of Churches or ecclesialcommunities which are not in full communion with the Catholic Church" (can. 908). Regarding such activity, the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council taught: "Worship in common which is detrimental to the unity of the Church or implies a formal assent to error or the danger of erring in Faith, of scandal, and of indifferentism is forbidden by Divine Law" (Decree Orientalium Ecclesiarum, "On the Catholic Eastern Churches," November 21, 1964, no. 26).

By a separate letter, also dated May 15 last, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has informed me of its decision in the matter. Referring to Reverend Bozek's delicts of disobedience to his bishop by abandoning his priestly assignment and of persistence in schism, by which he has incurred the penalties of suspension and excommunication, the Congregation declared: "After a careful and attentive study of the material submitted this Dicastery has concluded that Reverend Bozek has also committed the delict of prohibitedcommunicatio in sacris."

As a result of its decision, the Congregation has asked me to impose a penal precept upon Reverend Bozek, namely, ordering him, with the time limit of thirty useful days, "to recede from his perseverance in contumacious schism and promise to refrain from any further violation of prohibited communicatio in sacris." The Congregation has also asked me to inform Reverend Bozek that, if he refuses to comply with the terms of the penal precept, the Congregation intends "to present his case to the Holy Father for his dismissal ex officio from the clerical state."

The Congregation has further requested that "every effort be made to communicate to Reverend Bozek the seriousness of this matter and the harm his behavior has caused to the faithful," and that ReverendBozek be encouraged to reconciliation and repentance. I have provided a copy of the Congregation's letter to Father Bozek and have assured him of my continued commitment to assist him in being reconciled with the Church and offering repentance for the harm which he has inflicted upon the Church.

Archbishop Burke's Statement on the CDF Decision


Found at the Archdiocesan website and, due to its importance, I post it in full below.

Recent Decisions of the Holy See Regarding Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation

The following is the text of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke's weekly column in the St. Louis Review, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This column will be published in the May 30 edition of the newspaper.

Introduction

On December 15th of 2005, I was obliged to declare the excommunication of the members of the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation because of their persistence in schism. The members of the Board had committed the most grievous delict of schism by hiring a suspended priest, that is, a priest not in good standing in the Church, for the purpose of attempting to celebrate the sacraments and sacramentals at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church, all outside of the communion of the Catholic Church. The priest in question, the Reverend Marek B. Bozek, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, had left his priestly assignment against the expressed will of his bishop, Bishop John Leibrecht, in order to be hired by the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation.

Bishop Leibrecht warned Reverend Bozek, several times, about the grave consequences of his actions, and, when Reverend Bozek refused to heed his warnings and abandoned his priestly assignment, was obliged to suspend him from all acts of the power of Holy Orders and of governance. When I received news of Reverend Bozek's coming to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I urged him to be obedient to his bishop and not to participate in the schismatic activity of the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation. Reverend Bozek also refused to follow my direction and, likewise, incurred the penalty of excommunication because of persistence in schism.

On March 23, 2006, the Board of Directors and Reverend Bozek presented a recourse against my declaration of their excommunication before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office of the Holy Father which treats all matters of heresy and schism. The recourse alleged that I had unjustly declared the excommunication of the members of the Board of Directors and of Reverend Bozek.

Decision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

After careful study of the recourse, which has necessarily taken a long time, especially because of the many and weighty matters which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith treats, the Congregation, by its letter of May 15 last, has communicated to me its decision regarding the recourse. The complete text of the letter is printed with this column, for your information.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has taken two actions in the matter. First, it has rejected the recourse presented by the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation, including Reverend Bozek. In other words, it has found the recourse to be without foundation.

Secondly, the Congregation has confirmed my decrees of December 15, 2005, by which I declared that the members of the Board of Directors had incurred the canonical penalty of excommunication because of persistence in schism.

Reasons for the Congregation's Response

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gives two reasons for its decisions. The first reason is the failure of the members of the Board of Directors to observe the time limits set by law for the presentation and pursuit of a recourse, and their negligence in fulfilling what is formally required to pursue a recourse.

The second reason is the evident fact that the members of the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation have committed the delict of schism and persist in the delict. As the letter of the Congregation explains, the Board of Directors have made what was Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish, a parish of the Roman Catholic Church, into "an independent entity capable of appointing its own clergy apart from the hierarchy of the Church." The letter observes how the former Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish was gradually "removed from the jurisdiction of the local Ordinary." In other words, the actions of the members of the Board of Directors demonstrate their refusal to submit themselves to the legitimate authority of the Church (cf. can. 751).

The decision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith makes clear that the actions of the Board of Directors have broken communion with the universal Church. Frequently, especially in the communications media, the difficulties of the Board of Directors have been presented as a disagreement with me as Archbishop of St. Louis and have been reduced to a personal conflict between them and myself. As their pastor, I have been obliged to call them to reconciliation and repentance for the good of the salvation of their souls and the good of the whole Church. In doing so, I have acted in accord with what the teaching and discipline of the Catholic Church require. My actions have nothing to do with any personal conflict but, rather, with the integrity of the Catholic faith and its practice, which I have the solemn responsibility to safeguard and promote.

Further Recourse or Reconciliation

Clearly, the finding of the Congregation is most serious for the members of the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation. It touches upon the eternal salvation of their souls. For the Congregation, and also for me, the matter is of the deepest pastoral concern. The Congregation, therefore, indicates two possible responses of the members of the Board of Directors.

If the members of the Board of Directors believe the decision of the Congregation is unjust, then they may appeal the decision to Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops who are members of the Congregation, which takes place each Wednesday, Feria IV in Latin, within thirty "useful days" from the day on which they receive a copy of the Congregation's letter. In Church law, the "useful time" which a person has to exercise a right does not run when the person is unaware or is unable to act (can. 201, §2).

The other possible response of the Board of Directors is to withdraw from the state of schism, in which they have placed themselves, and to be reconciled with the Church. As the Congregation points out, reconciliation with the Church necessarily includes repentance for the grave harm which their schismatic actions have caused to individual souls and to the whole Church.

Pastoral Care of the Congregation

The decision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asks that I, as Archbishop of St. Louis, assist the members of the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation to accept its decision and offer them, on the Congregation's behalf, "special pastoral care and kindness." I have been and continue to be committed to the reconciliation of the members of the Board of Directors with the Roman Catholic Church. From the beginning, extraordinary efforts have been made by the Archdiocese of St. Louis to keep Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation within the communion of the Church. I will continue those efforts.

What is clear, however, is that reconciliation can only take place through the acceptance of the Church's teaching and discipline, in its integrity, which we all are held, in obedience, to accept and follow. Reconciliation, in the present case, must be a return to the recognition of the legitimate authority of the Church's pastors, that is, the Holy Father, the Archbishop of St. Louis, and the parish priest.

Regarding Reverend Marek Bozek

Some months ago, I was obliged to take further canonical actions in the matter of Reverend Bozek, the suspended and excommunicated priest who has been serving the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation, since December of 2005. Among those actions was the referral of his commissions of the delict of prohibited communicatio in sacris to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which has the competence to handle such matters.

Prohibited communicatio in sacris is the concelebration of "the Eucharist with priests or ministers of Churches or ecclesial communities which are not in full communion with the Catholic Church" (can. 908). Regarding such activity, the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council taught: "Worship in common which is detrimental to the unity of the Church or implies a formal assent to error or the danger of erring in Faith, of scandal, and of indifferentism is forbidden by Divine Law" (Decree Orientalium Ecclesiarum, "On the Catholic Eastern Churches," November 21, 1964, no. 26).

By a separate letter, also dated May 15 last, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has informed me of its decision in the matter. Referring to Reverend Bozek's delicts of disobedience to his bishop by abandoning his priestly assignment and of persistence in schism, by which he has incurred the penalties of suspension and excommunication, the Congregation declared: "After a careful and attentive study of the material submitted this Dicastery has concluded that Reverend Bozek has also committed the delict of prohibited communicatio in sacris."

As a result of its decision, the Congregation has asked me to impose a penal precept upon Reverend Bozek, namely, ordering him, with the time limit of thirty useful days, "to recede from his perseverance in contumacious schism and promise to refrain from any further violation of prohibited communicatio in sacris." The Congregation has also asked me to inform Reverend Bozek that, if he refuses to comply with the terms of the penal precept, the Congregation intends "to present his case to the Holy Father for his dismissal ex officio from the clerical state."

The Congregation has further requested that "every effort be made to communicate to Reverend Bozek the seriousness of this matter and the harm his behavior has caused to the faithful," and that Reverend Bozek be encouraged to reconciliation and repentance. I have provided a copy of the Congregation's letter to Father Bozek and have assured him of my continued commitment to assist him in being reconciled with the Church and offering repentance for the harm which he has inflicted upon the Church.

Conclusion: Request of Your Prayers

While it is necessary that I inform you of the decisions of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the situations which have necessitated these decisions are profoundly sad for me as, I am sure, they are for you. Our archdiocese has suffered great spiritual harm, over the past four years, because of the situation of the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation. As we thank God for the help which the Holy Father, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has given us in bringing about reconciliation and repentance, let us pray that the decisions of the Congregation will be received by the Board of Directors and Reverend Bozek with faith and obedience.

Please pray for the graces of reconciliation and repentance for the members of the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation and Reverend Marek Bozek. I urge you to invoke especially the intercession of Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church; Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland; and Saint Stanislaus Kostka.

Text of the CDF Letter Confirming St. Stanislaus Board's Excommunications


Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

May 15, 2008


Your Excellency,


On March 23, 2006, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith received documentation regarding the recourse presented by the Board Members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This recourse was sought against Your Excellency's decrees of 15 December 2005 in which you had imposed the censure of excommunication on each member of the Board because of their persistence in a schismatic act.


This Dicastery, after a careful study of the entire Acta and in light of the arguments presented by both parties, has determined to reject the recourse presented by the Board Members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish and to confirm the decrees of 15 December 2005 issued by Your Excellency. This decision is based on the fact that those bringing the recourse not only have failed to respect the time-limits set by law but also were negligent in completing the formalities of the recourse. Moreover, it is evident that the Board Members have committed the delict of schism by constituting St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish as an independent entity capable of appointing its own clergy apart from the jurisdiction of the local Ordinary. This can be seen as an expression of the refusal of the members of the Board to subject themselves to the lawfully constituted Ecclesiastical authority.


Consequent to this grave determination, Your Excellency is asked to inform the Board Members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish of this decision and their right to present recourse against it to the Ordinary Session of the Cardinal and Bishop members of this Congregation (Feria IV) within the peremptory time-limit of thirty useful days (tempus utile) of the receipt of the copy of this letter.


In communicating this decision to the Board Members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish and in helping them to accept its conclusion in a spirit of Christian faith, we should ask you, on behalf of this Congregation, to offer them special pastoral care and kindness, encouraging them to recede from the contumacy of schism. This Dicastery hopes that every effort will be made to assist them in reconciling with the Catholic Church and in offering a valuable Christian witness of repentance.


With fraternal regards and prayerful best wishes, I remain


Sincerely yours in Christ,


William Cardinal Levada

Prefect


+ Angelo Amato, S.D.B.

Titular Archbishop of Sila

Secretary



Post-Dispatch Now Confirms CDF Rejection of St. Stanislaus' Recourse

As you read here yesterday, the Post-Dispatch confirms that the CDF has confirmed the decree of excommunication of the St. Stan's board. He makes an error, though: he calls them the "St. Stan's Six"--it should be seven. Bozek is a member of the Board ex officio.

Time for Reconciliation


In the wake of the Vatican's rejection of their recourse, or appeal, of the Excommunication Decree of December 15, 2005, it is time for the Board of the former St. Stanislaus parish to take stock of where this whole thing will end.

It is time to reconcile with the Catholic Church.

Although their recourse was not timely and properly filed, the CDF also found that the Board had in fact committed the delict of schism, confirming the findings of Archbishop Burke.

It necessarily follows that no Catholic parish can make decisions regarding the administration of sacraments in contravention of Church teaching, hire clergy, and exist independently of the duly-appointed local Bishop. Whatever the original motives of the St. Stanislaus Board, no matter how justified they may have sincerely believed they were-- and in a spirit of charity let's give them credit for good motive-- this debacle has reached its logical end. When you cut yourself off of the vine, you wither.

Therefore, let us pray that these members of the Board will accept the olive branch already offered by the Archbishop in the wake of the Bozek and Doyle decrees, and which I am sure the Archbishop will again extend now, and vote to terminate Bozek's "services" with that church. He has inflicted a mortal wound on this parish, more serious by far than the original rift. If the Board continues to allow him to operate, the parish is dead.

But Christ can raise the dead.

And once the cancer is removed, healing can begin.

Just as the name St. Stanislaus now stands for contumacy and schism, when this reconciliation occurs, just think of the example of true Christian faith and reconciliation it will be. Catholics of Saint Louis are eager to welcome this prodigal parish back. Let us not be as the older brother in the parable, but be ready to rejoice.

If you need an invitation, St. Stanislaus, here it is: please come back. All it takes is 4 votes to oust Bozek, and then to seek a practical and pastoral solution to your status.

St. Stanislaus Kostka, pray for us!

Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us!

St. Louis, pray for us!

St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us!

27 May 2008

CDF Rejects Recourse by St. Stanislaus Board; Confirms Excommunication Decrees Issued by Abp. Burke; Bozek Seeking Ties with Milingo?


Saint Louis Catholic has learned that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected the recourse of the Board of Directors of the former St. Stanislaus Parish filed in March 2006, confirming the Decree of Excommunication issued by Archbishop Burke on December 15, 2005.

In vindication of Archbishop Burke, the Vatican found that the Board committed the delict of schism. Further, it held that the Board neglected to file within the legal deadline, and that it was negligent in failing to comply with the requirements of Canon Law.  

Recently, Archbishop Burke issued a decree of extra-judicial adjudication against the Board's canon lawyer, Thomas Doyle, which held he was guilty of abuse of ecclesiastical function and of having acted with "culpable negligence".  In that case, Doyle was found to have failed to respond in a timely manner with regard to the summonses that led to the excommunication of two other, later-elected St. Stan's Board members.

Could Fr. Thomas Doyle, OP, JCD be responsible for all of these acts of negligence?  According to press reports, it was he who filed the recourse at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, DC in 2006.

The decision of the CDF vindicates the decisions made by Archbishop Burke concerning the entire lamentable St. Stanislaus schism.

In related news from St. Stan's today, sources informed St. Louis Catholic that a young man from the Detroit area was putatively ordained to the priesthood at St. Stanislaus by a Bishop affiliated with the disgraced Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the excommunicated former Catholic Bishop with ties to the Moonie sect, who advocates a married priesthood and who is in schism from Rome.

Fr. Bozek announced to the congregation of the former parish within the last few weeks that St. Stan's would host a "special Mass" on May 27, 2008.  Today, sources told St. Louis Catholic that the young man mentioned above arrived at the Church already dressed in clerical garb, and announced he was there to be ordained.  Later, a car arrived with another cleric, who entered the Church, which, as KMOX reported, was then locked and closed to the public.  I cannot yet confirm the cleric's identity, but it is speculated to be excommunicated, putative Bishop Peter Paul Brennan, who was an Old Catholic Church Bishop who was putatively and conditionally consecrated by Milingo back in 2006.  

When asked for information, KMOX reported they were told by a woman in clerical attire at the door that the Board had directed that the service was private.  Sources have told Saint Louis Catholic that this statement is factually inaccurate.

There has been no announcement about whether any other ordinations occurred today, nor was there any announcement of episcopal consecration of Bozek himself. Time will tell if the disgraced excommunicate priest will push matters that much further.

Also, as has been previously reported here, the living quarters of Fr. Bozek have been the subject of recent turmoil among the St. Stan's Board and membership.  It now appears that Bozek has acquired by some fashion a separate residence apart from the St. Stan's rectory.  The St. Louis City Assessor's office shows a publicly available record of ownership by one Marek B. Bozek.

The next act of this scandalous show should be interesting.  I will post further information as I get it.

Bozek at It Again-- "Meets with Other Bishops"


Kudos to Southern Illinois Catholic who heard the initial KMOX headline.  At the KMOX website, there is a short audio report about Bozek "meeting" with other Bishops.  I will follow up as I get information-- no word on if he will formally break away from the Church he has already left in fact, or if he will announce he is now a "Bishop", too.
Stay tuned.

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Thanks to cp for the link to a funny piece at Creative Minority Report blog that caters to the Cafeteria Catholic in you.



Obama and Sibelius: A Marriage Made in ?

Virulently pro-abortion Obama may choose virulently pro-abortion Sibelius. Makes sense to me.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:


Church, potential Obama VP at odds on abortion
May 26, 2008

ROBERT NOVAK

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, whose Roman Catholic archdiocese covers northeast Kansas, on May 9 called on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to stop taking communion until she disowns her support for the "serious moral evil" of abortion. That put the church in conflict with a rising star of the Democratic Party, often described as a "moderate" and perhaps the leading prospect to become Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate.

Naumann also took Sebelius to task for her veto April 21 of a bill, passed 2-to-1 by both houses of the Kansas Legislature, that would strengthen the state's ban on late-term abortions by authorizing private lawsuits against providers. That followed by a year her veto of a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was preceded by vetoing other abortion legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.

Those positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their party's pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius' connection with abortion is more intimate. She is allied with the aggressive Kansas branch of Planned Parenthood in a bitter struggle with anti-abortion activist District Attorney Phill Kline. There is substantial evidence she has been involved in laundering abortion industry money for distribution to Kansas Democrats.

Kansas is the fiercest state battleground for abortion wars, making Sebelius the national pro-choice poster girl.

[...]

Behind that facade, Sebelius sits at the apex of a complicated Kansas financing system involving abortion provider Dr. George Tiller of Wichita. She controls Bluestem Fund PAC, distributing money to Kansas Democratic candidates. Tiller, one of the few U.S. doctors still performing late-term abortions, contributed $120,000 to the Democratic Governors Association in 2006, which has given $200,000 to Bluestem.

In 2006, Sebelius recruited Paul Morrison, the Republican district attorney of Johnson County, to run as a Democrat against Republican Kline's attempted re-election as attorney general. Morrison, financed by Tiller's ProKanDo PAC, outspent Kline and swamped him at the polls. But Kline then replaced Morrison as district attorney and filed 107 charges against Planned Parenthood, including alleged "unlawful late-term abortions."

[...]

25 May 2008

Great Photos from the Archdiocesan Priestly Ordinations


As usual, the Matthew 12:37 blog has great pictures of the event, including the one you see here.

Please keep these, and all priests, in your prayers.

As an aside, if you missed today's Mass at St. Francis de Sales for the external solemnity of Corpus Christi, you missed a sublime experience.  Fr. Houser's Mass of Thanksgiving was marked, among other things, by the performance of Mozart's Spatzenmesse by the Oratory's choir, sermon by Fr. Monshau, O.P., and a beautiful Corpus Christi procession with recent first communicants strewing flower petals in path of the Blessed Sacrament as He made His way through the city's streets.

Have a great Memorial Day.

KCC Signs Off

We will see if this is a temporary, or a permanent, hiatus.  Or perhaps to franchise?

In any event, read about it here.  My personal gratitude to WT for all his help.

24 May 2008

In the Zone





File this one under the category of stopping to smell the roses.

I don't know how long this will last, but I am grateful for the fact that at the Universal, Archdiocesan and Parochial level, I have such wonderful, constant, wise and holy shepherds.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum.  Amen.

23 May 2008

From Rorate Caeli: Excerpt of Pope's Sermon on Corpus Christi


Other outlets have amply covered the wonderful news that the Pope distributed Holy Communion to the faithful at the Corpus Christi Mass exclusively on-the-tongue, and kneeling. Step after step after step, the Holy Father re-introduces Catholic tradition.


Rorate Caeli has a nice excerpt of His Holiness' homily. The Pope certainly has a way with words:


Adoring the God of Jesus Christ, made bread, broken for love, is the most valid and radical remedy against the idolatries of yesterday and of today. Kneeling in front of the Eucharist is a profession of freedom: who bends to Jesus cannot and must not prostrate before any earthly power, as strong as it may be. We, Christians, kneel only before God, before the Most Holy Sacrament, because we know and believe that in it is present the one true God, who has created the world and has so loved the world to give his only begotten Son.


We prostrate before a God who first inclined himself toward man, as Good Samaritan, to rescue him and give him life, and who knelt before us to cleanse our filthy feet. Adoring the Body of Christ means believing that there, in that piece of Bread, there is truly Christ, who gives true meaning to life, to the immense universe as well as to the smallest creature, to the entire human history as well as to the briefest existence. The adoration is a prayer which prolongs Eucharistic celebration and communion, and in which the soul continues to nourish itself: it is nourished with love, with truth, with peace; it nourished itself with hope, because the One before whom we prostrate does neither judge us, nor humiliates us, but transforms us and makes us free.


Benedict XVI

Homily (Most Holy Body of Christ)

May 22, 2008

Review Editorial on Ordination Class

From the full editorial:

This class of nine men — Fathers Matthew Barnard, Patrick Driscoll, Brian Hecktor, Michael Houser, Eric Kunz, Edward Nemeth, Kevin Schroeder, James Theby and Noah Waldman — represents different ages and experiences before and during seminary formation. It includes men whose vocations were born and bred in the archdiocese as well as others who have journeyed here to serve. Despite their differences what binds these men together is their love of Christ and His Church, a love so consuming that their only desire is to be of service to Christ and the people of God.

What these men also have in common is that their choice of priesthood is heroic precisely because they themselves are ordinary. They are not endowed with gifts or graces unavailable to other young men. While chosen by God and set apart for service, what they truly represent is the answer to prayer. God has heard the prayers of His people and has responded by giving the Church in St. Louis these nine men, prepared and desiring to do God’s will. Consequently, all of the faithful in the archdiocese need to continue to pray for vocations — not out of crisis but in faith and confidence. God has answered us and will continue to hear us providing priests to care for His people.

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Finally, this great day is an opportunity to pray for all priests. What clearly emerges from deep reflection upon these events is that new vocations are fostered by joy-filled priests giving good example and strong encouragement to other men to follow them in following after Christ. This fostering of vocations will continue to bear fruit in part through the prayers of the faithful that their priests will be holy and faithful men.

So, let us all give thanks to God for His blessings on our archdiocese. And pray that the Master of the harvest will send more laborers into the fields.

22 May 2008

United Nations Rushes to Ensure that Myanmar Disaster Victims Have Adequate Supplies-- of Condoms


The UN may have been unsuccessful in getting food and water to the disaster victims, but it won't rest until they get condoms. From the full story:

220,000 condoms off to Myanmar

Bangkok - The United Nations will send nearly a quarter of a million condoms into cyclone-hit Myanmar to help needy survivors with no access to contraceptives, a UN official says.

So far, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said it had sent 72 800 condoms to survivors struggling to maintain their family planning after the storm hit in early May.

A total of 218 400 condoms would be delivered, UNFPA aid advisor Chaiyos Kunanusont said.

"We don't want regular use of contraception disrupted. An emergency usually damages the health system, so people don't have access to condoms and contraceptives," said Chaiyos.

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But Hey, It Could Be Worse--We Could Live in Europe


No words can adequately introduce this article, so here it is:

European Court agrees to hear chimp's plea for human rights
Last updated at 21:00pm on 21.05.08

His name is Matthew, he is 26 years old, and his supporters hope to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.

But he won't be able to give evidence on his own behalf - since he is a chimpanzee. Animal rights activists led by British teacher Paula Stibbe are fighting to have Matthew legally declared a 'person' so she can be appointed as his guardian if the bankrupt animal sanctuary where he lives in Vienna is forced to close.

An anonymous businessman has offered a substantial amount to cover his care, but under Austrian law only humans are entitled to have guardians.
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The Government Couldn't Make a Mistake, Could They?

From Breitbart.com:

Court: Texas had no right to take polygamists' kids

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A state appellate court has ruled that child welfare officials had no right to seize more than 400 children living at a polygamist sect's ranch.

The Third Court of Appeals in Austin ruled that the grounds for removing the children were "legally and factually insufficient" under Texas law. They did not immediately order the return of the children.

Child welfare officials removed the children on the grounds that the sect pushed underage girls into marriage and sex and trained boys to become future perpetrators.

The appellate court ruled the chaotic hearing held last month did not demonstrate the children were in any immediate danger, the only measure of taking children from their homes without court proceedings.

21 May 2008

Conference-- Upholding Biblical Inerrancy in Our Time

Thanks to the reader who sent this item:


Catholics Defending Biblical Inerrancy & the Oblates of Wisdom Study Center
will host the following conference on Saturday, June 7, 2008…
“Upholding Biblical Inerrancy in Our Time”

Catholics Defending Biblical Inerrancy and Traditional Biblical Scholarship (CDBI)is a group of scholars, clergy and lay, who meet periodically to address the crucial topic of Sacred Scripture’s freedom from all error and related issues. CDBI employs the best contemporary Biblical scholarship in light of Tradition; with fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Devotion to the Church Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas are two hallmarks of CDBI. Please join our fourth conference. Audio recordings will be undertaken for the day’s presentations.

8:15 a.m. … Recitation of the Rosary, Conference Registration, Welcome & Introduction

9:00 a.m. … Salvatore J. Ciresi, M.A.
“God-breathed Scripture: A Study of the Doctrine of Biblical Inspiration”

10:00 a.m. … Break10:15 a.m. … Msgr. John F. McCarthy, J.C.D., S.T.D.
“The Neo-Patristic Approach to Biblical Inerrancy”

11:15 a.m. … Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S., M.A., S.T.D.
“What Does the Second Vatican Council Teach about the Truth of Scripture?Part I: Wrong Interpretations of Dei Verbum #11”

12:15—1:45 p.m. … Lunch

1:45 p.m. … Fr. Michael E. Giesler, S.T.D.
“Biblical Exegesis Ex Corde Ecclesiae”

2:45 p.m. … Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S., M.A., S.T.D.
“What Does the Second Vatican Council Teach about the Truth of Scripture?Part II: A Correct Reading of Dei Verbum #11”

3:45 p.m. … Break

4:00—4:30 p.m. … Question and Answer Session: Panel of Speakers

Location: Oblates of Wisdom Study Center
744 South Third Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
(Go East on Chouteau Ave., turn left into Third St. under I-55, then 200 yards ahead on right)

Registration free in advance: write to the above address or call 314-621-2055 or 787-298-8940. Registration at door: $10 (students $5).
Mass will be available at 7:00 a.m.

Laws Have Consequences


From the St. Louis Beacon comes an excellent, excellent analysis of the recent decision by a federal grand jury in California to indict Lori Drew-- you remember, the one who despicably posed as a greasy-faced teenager and prodded Megan Meier to suicide-- for the crime of cyberbullying. Essentially, the indictment centers around the claim that Drew violated the terms of service agreement of her internet provider.

Well, I ask you, have any of you ever read the terms of service agreement for your internet service provider?

It will be just as easy to prosecute other internet users who "intimidate" or "frighten" or "harass" people as it is to prosecute Drew for her unconscionable behavior. When Catholics speak out in support of the teachings of the Church in areas relating to sodomy, adultery, abortion etc., couldn't they be "intimidating" or "harassing" the weak-willed and weak-minded?

Doesn't Governor Sibelius feel intimidated by Catholic blogs for her abortion position? Doesn't Fr. Bozek feel "skerred" by negative press? Do Ree and Elsie feel harassed by actual Catholics objecting to their cheap charades?

It is time to wake up to the creeping threat to our freedom of speech. Great Britain, Canada, and Western European Nations have already given away the farm. The so-called alternative media is a necessary means for people to have access to the marketplace of ideas instead of being force-fed to accept what is given to them.

Internet muzzling laws, however well-intended, will have the effect of killing free speech.


Analysis: Drew prosecution could make felons of us all

By William H. Freivogel, Special to the Beacon
Last Updated ( Monday, 19 May 2008 )

The prosecution of Lori Drew in the MySpace cyberbullying case appears to be the first time that a federal prosecutor has tried to make it a federal crime for a computer user to violate one of those "terms of service" agreements that no one reads. As despicable as Drew's alleged conduct was, the prosecutor's legal theory would make most of us federal felons.

In addition to questions about prosecutorial overreaching, the indictment raises constitutional questions because anonymous speech is protected by the First Amendment.

U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien acknowledged in announcing the indictment last week that this is the first time the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has been used in a social networking case. In the past, it has been used in hacking cases.

Orin Kerr, writing on volokh.com, argues that the indictment should be dismissed. Computer users violate terms of service agreements dozens of times every day. The Drew indictment would theoretically criminalize those actions.

"This case involves a terrible tragedy," the expert in computer law from George Washington University wrote. "I think what Lori Drew did is truly despicable. But the government's legal theory ... is very weak. Legally speaking, the prosecution is a real stretch. ... Since everyone who uses computers violates dozens of different TOS every day, the theory would make everyone who uses computers a felon."

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Kerr goes on to point out that "Paragraph 11 of the indictment lamely notes that a copy of the TOS was 'readily available' to MySpace Users if they went looking for it, clicked the link and read it. But the statute requires intent, so whether the TOS was 'readily available' is irrelevant."

The First Amendment problem that arises is that anonymous speech has been protected since the time of the founding of the nation. The Federalist Papers were written anonymously. In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of a pamphleteer, Margaret McIntyre, to distribute leaflets anonymously.

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As for the future, the Missouri Legislature passed a new law last Friday intended to address cyber harassment cases like that of Megan Meier. The official summary of the law says a person commits the crime:

1) By knowingly communicating with another person who is, or who purports to be, seventeen years of age or younger and in so doing, and without good cause, recklessly frightens, intimidates, or causes emotional distress to such other person; or

2) By engaging, without good cause, in any other act with the purpose to frighten, intimidate, or cause emotional distress to another person, cause such person to be frightened, intimidated, or emotionally distressed, and such person's response to the act is one of a person of average sensibilities considering the person's age.

An adult who harasses a person under 18 is guilty of a Class D felony.
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You don't need much of an imagination to see the danger in the law above. We need to wake up.

20 May 2008

31,000 Scientists versus Al Gore

From an article at WorldNetDaily:

HEAT OF THE MOMENT

WorldNetDaily Exclusive
31,000 scientists reject 'global warming' agenda
'Mr. Gore's movie has claims no informed expert endorses'
Posted: May 19, 20088:51 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
WorldNetDaily


More than 31,000 scientists across the U.S. – including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in fields such as atmospheric science, climatology, Earth science, environment and dozens of other specialties – have signed a petition rejecting "global warming," the assumption that the human production of greenhouse gases is damaging Earth's climate.

"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate," the petition states. "Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."

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The late Professor Frederick Seitz, the past president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and winner of the National Medal of Science, wrote in a letter promoting the petition, "The United States is very close to adopting an international agreement that would ration the use of energy and of technologies that depend upon coal, oil, and natural gas and some other organic compounds."

"This treaty is, in our opinion, based upon flawed ideas. Research data on climate change do not show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful. To the contrary, there is good evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful," he wrote.

Accompanying the letter sent to scientists was a 12-page summary and review of research on "global warming," officials said.

"The proposed agreement would have very negative effects upon the technology of nations throughout the world, especially those that are currently attempting to lift from poverty and provide opportunities to the over 4 billion people in technologically underdeveloped countries," Seitz wrote.

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[Another scientist] told WND he believes the issue has nothing to do with energy itself, but everything to do with power, control and money, which the United Nations is seeking. He accused the U.N. of violating human rights in its campaign to ban much energy research, exploration and development.