Dear Parishioners and Friends,
12 February 2009
"I, Reverened Marek Boguslaw Bozek..."
No, that is not a typo in the title of this post, but the beginning of a letter from "Reverened" Marek Bozek to Peter Paul Brennan, so-called Archbishop and Vicar General of the wistfully named group Married Priests Now!-- headed by excommunicated Archbishop Milingo, and with ties to the so-called "Reunification Church" of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
That's right. The Moonies.
And guess what, he was accepted by that group in a return letter.
And, further guess what, he asked another group, the so-called Reformed Catholic Church, to accept him. And they did.
All of this is provable, thanks to good reporting by Tim Townsend, by the letters located here.
OK, you say, I posted on this already. Why another post? Because our friend Bozek made an attempt to refute the Townsend story, via an email sent to, among others, a local "progressive" "Catholic" site saying that the substance of Townsend's story about Bozek's dealings with schismatic sects is incorrect. The full statement I include below to give Bozek enough rope-- er, I mean, a full chance to explain himself. Do yourself a favor and compare the source documents at the link above with the allegations in Bozek's statement. I also added a few comments to set the record straight.
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
You might have heard by now of a "news story" regarding my person and our Parish. The supposed scandal is my "hidden membership" in the Roman Catholic Prelature "Married Priests Now" led by Archbishop Milingo or in the Reformed Catholic Church led by Archbishop Zimmerman. I am not a member of either group. I am not a priest in either group. I am not under the jurisdiction of either bishop (See the letters at the link above.).
You see, the lawyers for the Archdiocese apparently leaked to the media several documents that are part of our legal file (N.B. he provides no proof for this allegation, of course. I doubt it. And it is irrelevant, even if true. The documents speak for themselves). Two of those documents were dated January or February 2008 are letters from the U.S. representative of the Roman Catholic Prelature "Married Priests Now" and from Archbishop Zimmerman that attests to the fact that they granted secondary priestly faculties to ensure me that my priestly function could continue in the event that Archbishop Burke succeeds in his campaign to laicize me (that is, to "remove me from the priestly state") because I stood up for St. Stanislaus. "Secondary" priestly faculties is a term coined by Bozek, I guess. It is a meaningless term for a Catholic priest. Once a priest, always a priest, is true in the most profound sense. Yet if the Catholic Church imposes the penalty of degradation from the clerical state then you cannot function as a Catholic priest. It doesn't matter if the Lutherans, the RCCs, the MPN!'s or anyone else says you are allowed to function as a Catholic priest. It is a question of AUTHORITY, about which concept Bozek has not one clue. It is laughably ironic that Bozek, of all people, needs to paint his cause with the veneer of authority to continue to lead people on his merry way of schism. Also, as a couple of readers noted in the last post, you can't be incardinated in a different place until your currently incardinating authority releases you. Don't be fooled by any of this.
Archbishop Burke's campaign (i.e., decision, subject to review by the proper ecclesiastical authorities) to laicize me is part of his continued effort to hold the Sacraments for ransom until St. Stanislaus agrees to give the Archdiocese our property and our corporation. Nice to see he has not given up slandering the Archbishop for Lent. It is certainly ironic that the Archdiocese would blame me for doing everything that I can to make sure the Sacraments are available to the people of St. Stanislaus. Tell you what, Marek. I have a solution. Resign immediately in exchange for a priest of the Archdiocese who will make the Sacraments available to the people of St. Stanislaus. Bet you they take that deal.
As I told the Board a year ago, (?) it is true that I requested from the US representative of Archbishop Milingo (who was ordained a bishop by Pope Paul VI) and Archbishop Philip Zimmerman to grant me secondary priestly faculties (it's a mantra, like "change we can believe in") that I could potentially use in the event that Archbishop Burke succeeded in laicizing me. If I were laicized, there is a question (A question? Come on. Either the Church can do this, or it cannot. Either way, you needn't seek "secondary faculties" from one of these sects) as to whether I could continue to celebrate Masses or other sacraments. It is my duty as St. Stanislaus pastor (as Archbishop Burke's Decree makes plain, Bozek is NOT the pastor of St. Stanislaus. Rather, he committed a canonical crime by usurping that office) to make sure that the life of our Parish continues in spite of all the unjust penalties and harmful action of Archbishop Burke and the hierarchy. It is for this reason that I asked for assurances that priestly faculties from two validly ordained Catholic bishops could be available at some point in the future.
So, that is the story (as Bozek wishes you would see it). I believe that it has been a public knowledge for several months now, I spoke about it in the church openly on several occasions and have nothing to hide. Nothing? Really? I told the Board about this a year ago. Lawyers for the Archdiocese mentioned this in open court last August. Leaking this information to the media is just a desperate attempt by the Archdiocese to make "news" out of something everyone knew. Please note this may be the first time Bozek has complained about "make-news" press coverage. The wheels are starting to come off the bus. You are free to share this message with anyone who might be interested. Thanks!
It is also apparent that the leaks were a response to a counterclaim that our lawyers will be putting on file which outlines the misrepresentations, falsehoods, and misleading conduct of Archbishop Burke. Among other things, it explains---- with documentary proof--- that the Archdiocese had a plan to close St. Stanislaus from the beginning (as many of us had long suspected) and that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit made a deal with the Archdiocese to convey all St. Stanislaus property to the Archdiocese if they win the lawsuit. In other words, "P.S. remember this is all about greed! Don't pay attention to that man behind the curtain!"
One of our attorneys will be giving a brief report on developments in the lawsuit and answer questions after each Mass this weekend. We'll have lawyer-free coffee and donuts. Go figure.
Peace and blessings,
It is long past time for Bozek to go.