19 October 2010

I Guess the Archdiocese is Not All That Close to a Settlement with St. Schism's

It takes some doing to keep up with the antics of the schismatic, formerly-Catholic, former parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka.  In other words, if I tried to refrain from blogging except for St. Stan's news, I could still make this a weekly publication.

Now the schismatic Board, long now in disrepute, are suing the law firm hired by the Archdiocese to bring its recent civil lawsuit.  Why?  They allege that Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale (the Archdiocese's normal counsel on a wide variety of issues, based in St. Louis, but with an office in Belleville, IL) colluded with a former advisor to the Board to bring a lawsuit using confidential information in violation of legal ethics and fiduciary duty. 

This former advisor, Mr. Roger Krasnicki, was involved initially with the scheme to hire Mr. Bozek, who incurred excommunication for a host of reasons over the last five years, but who initially violated his oath of obedience to his Ordinary, the Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, in order to usurp the role of pastor at St. Stan's. 

Since that time, Bozek has preached heterodoxy from the pulpit, attended and supported the fake ordination of the two gals who pretended to be made priestesses by the fake lady bishop at the oh-so-ecumenical-we-don't-want-to-burn-that-bridge synagogue headed by Rabbi Susan Talve, celebrated illicit Masses and attempted to confer other sacraments that were invalid, cozied up to the Moonies, scored a neat BMW and bachelor pad, and incited contumely upon the Archbishop of Saint Louis, all while playing the grainy video footage of Christmas Eve Mass 2005--the last time that building had a crowd in it-- in a continuous loop for any media outlet who asked for it and for most others who didn't.

(Pause for breath

If there were any doubt about his excommunication, Archbishop Burke was good enough to clarify the matter.  Finally, Mr. Bozek was degraded from the clerical state.

Whatever his initial part, Mr. Krasnicki has long ago repented of his actions, sought reconciliation with the Archbishop, and has done much to repair the damage caused.  You may recall this interview he gave me back in 2008, where he describes some of the details of the schism at St. Stan's.  This of course has made him an enemy of his former acquaintances.  And don't hold your breath for the good folks at St. Stan's to show him any mercy.

This other past post cites to an old Post-Dispatch story and summarizes Mr. Krasnicki's defense to any charges of wrongdoing.  I ask readers to keep him in your prayers, as he is undoubtedly going through a difficult time of persecution.

Below are excerpts from the story about the suit, which is filed in Illinois though Greensfelder is headquartered in St. Louis.  Ah, Illinois, friend of plaintiffs' lawyers! 

Church Fires Blast at Illinois Law Firm

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (CN) - Attorneys at Belleville-based Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale "violated every relevant ethical duty and breached virtually every rule in the Rules of Professional Conduct" in getting a former partner to file a lawsuit against the Polish Roman Catholic St. Stanislaus Corp., the church claims in St. Clair County Court.

The church claims "that Greensfelder attorneys encouraged, induced, and incited Roger Krasnicki, the former attorney to St. Stanislaus, to violate his fiduciary duties and ethical obligations to his former client to the damage of St. Stanislaus in the millions of dollars," the complaint states.

St. Stanislaus has had a long-running property dispute with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

St. Stanislaus, based in St. Louis, claims Greensfelder, who represented the Archdiocese, planted a spy to give it confidential information.

St. Stanislaus claims the defendant law office never would have "had the legal theory" to bring its lawsuit without the information it gained from "the spy."

The church says Greensfelder knew its behavior was unethical and tried to cover it up.

St. Stanislaus claims Krasnicki violated attorney-client privilege by turning over St. Stanislaus' confidential information to Greensfelder and by acting as co-counselor in the lawsuit.

"(T)wo days after the church lawsuit was filed, Roger Krasnicki and Greensfelder entered a 'Confidential Joint Litigation Agreement' in an apparent attempt to ensure their relationship would remain a secret," the complaint states. "Responding to Krasnicki's concerns about his ethical and professional obligation under the ethical rules, the Greensfelder team determined that a Confidential Joint Litigation Agreement would best cover up the significant role St. Stanislaus' former lawyer played in initiating, planning, strategizing, and helping to prosecute the church lawsuit."

St. Stanislaus seeks punitive damages for aiding and abetting and breach of fiduciary duties and ethical obligations.


Anonymous said...

I saw this in the BND a couple hours ago. I am sure that these lawyers will find a way to drag the Belleville diocese into this mess, next. No reason to underestimate their audacity and shamelessness.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

They must be having money problems at St. Stan's. Bozek's life style must be in jeopardy.

StGuyFawkes said...

To all men and women of the bar:

Is this not a separate lawsuit against Greensfelder which will have no impact on the Archdiocesan suit to re-instate the Kendrick agreement? Or could the argument found in this suite be used to derail the Archdiocesan suit?

Wasn't there already a motion by St. Stan's to turn over the Archdiocesan suit based on Krasnicki's relationship to Greensfelder?

Anonymous said...

This is just another desparate move by Bozek and company. It is disgusting that they would accuse the former secretary of being a "mole." Surely, Mr. Scherer et al know that the money is running out and hired the millionare attorney Thomas Keefe to prolong the agony of seeing them make a mockery of our Catholic religion and our beloved St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish.
From: A former attendee at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish.