28 November 2010

The Withered Branch

I am the vine: you the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch and shall wither: and they shall gather him up and cast him into the fire: and he burneth.

John 15:5-6

One of the things I have to ask myself before posting another St. Stan's post-- and I am sure many readers ask themselves before reading it, too-- is this: Why? What is the point of beating the deadest of dead horses?

I agree with the general sentiment that those Catholics who wish to remain Catholic and who have read this blog are sufficiently warned about Mr. Bozek and the very real schism at St. Stanislaus Kostka. I think that Mr. Bozek has been sufficiently made aware of the grave evils he has committed and continues to further there. His own Ordinary and two Archbishops of Saint Louis have made it clear that he risks his own soul and the souls of those he pretends to lead. His resistance to the calls of grace is public.

As the lawsuit by the Archdiocese progresses, there are the usual settlement talks, and as these settlement talks progress I am getting lots of communication from various places about the state of matters. But really, until there is news of a settlement there is no need to beat the dead horse.

However, the above photo depicts a gravely immoral act, and must be made known for the sake of anyone left at St. Stan's who "just wants to be Catholic", and for the sake of the faithful of the Archdiocese so they may know that this determined action to rid the local Church of this false shepherd is necessary, and must be successfully concluded. Call it one last effort to get the truth out about the nature of the St. Stan's schism.

The above photo depicts Bozek consecrating bread and wine along with ministers from the Lutheran and Church of the Advent sects; apparently, they are "co-consecrating" the species (though of course in the case of the Lutheran deaconess this is impossible, and unless the other two are degraded Catholic priests like Mr. Bozek himself, it is also impossible for them).

This is called communicatio in sacris (communion in sacred things). It presumes an ecclesiastical communion between the Catholic Church and the other Church or ecclesial body which does not exist. It is therefore both fraudulent and gravely immoral. Bozek is setting the example in public that a self-professed Catholic may take communion with non-Catholics; worse, still, he is saying that it is acceptable for a Catholic priest to provide communion to non-Catholics; worst of all, he is equating the power and authority to consecrate bread and wine to effect the transubstantiation of this matter into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ with the office of Lutheran or other Protestant minister.

Canon 908
It is forbidden for Catholic priests to concelebrate the Euchar
ist with priests or ministers of churches or ecclesial communities which are not in full communion with the Catholic Church.

Canon 1365
A person guilty of prohibited participation in sacred rites (communicatio in sacris) is to be punished with a just penalty.

It is time for the remnant of sincere Catholics at St. Stan's to get rid of this man.

But, you say, perhaps the Board of St. Stan's is unaware of these activities. Bozek attended the women's sorta-nation on the sly, right? Well, this photo shows, among others, the current head of the Board of Directors at St. Stan's. So much for invincible ignorance.

So, now we know that Bozek has attempted to affiliate himself and the duped congregation of St. Stan's with the following groups: Reformed Catholic Church (which group supports homosexual and married priests), MarriedPriest Now! (which group is affiliated with the Reunification Church of Reverend Moon), Roman Catholic WomenPriest (and its fourteen or so angry feminist member/"priestesses"), the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (that has a local support group of disaffected persons, and supports homosexual and women priests), the so-called Polish Catholic Church (a group in Poland) and the latest is, according to one source, the Reformed Catholic Communion which he and two other former priests are establishing.

No one seems to want him except, ironically enough, the one Church he refuses to heed-- the Catholic Church.

He dresses like a bishop, and yet, I cannot confirm that he has become one, even as defined by some other schismatic or heretical sect.

He has been offered a severance/settlement package to leave St. Stan's, this much we know through the Archdiocese and sources within St. Stan's. The amount of money alleged varies from the ridiculous to the less ridiculous (800K? 150K?). He was nearly ousted by the Board last year; he was nearly voted out by the congregation this year. Each time, the rebels lifted him out of the fire in the nick of time.

The time has come, St. Stan's, to finally rid yourselves of a pernicious usurper. He has wasted your parish. Whatever deal is on the table from the Archdiocese, take it.


StGuyFawkes said...

Where were the photos of this beastly co-confabulation of the holy mess taken? Is this in a protestant Church or at one of the skinny little schismatic niches situated in cafeterias around town? Just curious.

Like it or not Mr. Boguslaw is very much in step with the American religion which reduces doctrine to a footnote and emphasizes fraternity and good vibes. Just like Fr. Blutarski and Otter and Boone would prescribe.

I give up. He's just another Elmer Gantry. We just haven't seen a Polish one in a while.

His Excellancy can warn him and pray for him but Mr. Boguslaw and his followers will just consider excommunication another form of Dean Wermer's "double secret probation." That's how they really think of it.

thetimman said...

St. Thomas/Holy Spirit Lutheran.

StGuyFawkes said...

I wouldn't doubt that Mr. Bozek isn't networking to secure his next job. A lateral move to some liberal Lutheran denomination might be the next chapter in Marek's story.

Anonymous said...

"See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as you would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize or to celebrate a love-feast; but whatsoever he shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid." (Ignatius to the Church at Smyrna, 8)

Bryce Oates said...

Wow. Double wow. The crazy distortions of the record on the St. Stan's issue continues.

I'm a Missouri Methodist farmboy that never met a Catholic until I went to college so I'm new to all of this. But I have a solid foundation on my Aquinas and Augustine and Classical education. I have to ask myself if anyone on this page has ever actually discussed things with Father Marek.

Father Marek has conducted himself with the dignity and strength of a real hero in my opinion. I am proud to partake of communion with him and the others at St. Stan's. His messages are thoughtful and meaningful. The congregation is loving and accepting. I fully support their actions.

So stand on the sidelines and throw stones if you will. Thank goodness the gospel preached at St. Stan's regards a loving and kind Creator (perhaps even vulnerable) with respect. That harsh and judgmental and narrow-minded God feared by so many can never be a "Father" worthy of respect to a caring Christian.

J. Desmond said...

Thank you Mr Oates. I could not have said it better or more eloquently. I pray that the 'blog author' gains some self confidence and begins to sign off with an actual name.

J. Desmond, St Stans parishioner.

taye said...

Fr. Bozek is a spirit filled priest and I am so lucky to have studied with him at St. Meinrad. If we all read the scriptures and encounter Our Lord as he comes across in them, we might find ourselves at table with methodists, Lutherans, presbyterians and all those we have judged to be less than perfect.

Taylor Seward said...

I am one of the younger parishioners at St. Stanislaus and I am being taught that we are all equal in God's eyes! And that the one without sin cast the first stone! Well..no one is with out sin and until you open your heart completely to hear the real word of Jesus you will live in your bubble!

thetimman said...

The comments of the Bozek supporters highlight why the light of truth must continue to be shined on the schismatic and heretical actions of Bozek himself.

"Spirit-filled"? Perhaps. But there are different kinds of spirits out there.

And here are some "real word[s] of Jesus" to consider (Matthew 12: 25-30):

"And Jesus knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself shall be made desolate: and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself: how then shall his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I by the Spirit of God cast out devils, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. Or how can any one enter into the house of the strong, and rifle his goods, unless he first bind the strong? and then he will rifle his house. He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth."

Lest anyone think that I am putting on airs here, the "me" that Christ refers to in this passage is of course Himself, and His mystical body on earth is none other than the Catholic Church. As Christ Himself said (Matthew 17:8):

"Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh."

And then Christ proceeds to tell in verses 17 and 18 how to try to reconcile the transgressor who will not listen to his concerned brethren:

"And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven."

The spirit filled Bozek has cut himself off from that Church that Christ founded. He leads many astray. He refuses to listen to the voice of the Church, and it is no wonder that he has become as the heathen or publican. A sad state of affairs, yes, and the only way out is for him to repent and be received back into Christ's Church. This is the intention of many prayers of Catholics on his behalf.

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear Misters Oates, Desmond, Seward and Taye,

Welcome to St. Louis Catholic. It's not often that members of the St. Stan's community contribute to this blog. So, welcome. I consider us lucky to finally have a chance to speak.

It might be good to state exactly what our problem is with Marek Bozek. But before I list our issues let me make some allowances.

I completely agree that Mr. Bozek is a compelling preacher and in some respects a thoughtful reader of the Gospel. I also admit that his community practices certain virtues and among them are a respect for equality. In fact I'm more than willing to admit that Marek Bozek is the very paradigm of a modern protestant minister.

In fact I am willing to grant all of Marek's stellar virtues; just
understand that my problem with
Marek comes down to just one thing.

Marek claims to be a Roman
Catholic and he is not. At the very least this amounts to a problem of copyright infringement and at most a radical problem of honesty. From this fundemental fraud, which comes from his idea that Catholicism is something that anyone can define as they wish,
from this dishonesty comes a thousand acts of cowardice.

1.) It was not at all "heroic" for Marek to abandon his Cape Girardeau Archbishop to take up the battle against Cardinal Burke. In fact it was an act of cowardice. Marek was in hot water already and had a career path that was about to send him back to Poland when he decided to take up a schismatic Parish which would allow him the complete freedom to operate without any authority, and save his green card status.

2. It was less than heroic for Mr. Bozek to claim he offered valid sacraments in the Catholic sense when in fact his incardination and sacrimental validity came from sources so weird that no one who understands Catholic sacriments could understand what he offers as anything more than ceremonies.

3. It was not heroic for him to negotitate an 175,000.00 condo deeded in his name for the price of ministering.

4. Nor is it heroic for him to drive a BMW.

Please remember none of the above is objectionable in the grand tradition of American free form protestantism which includes the grandeur of Martin Luther King and the poltroonish antics of Jim and Tammy, Benny Hinn, or for that manner Little Richard.

It's just that none of these things are particulary Catholic and for Marek to insist that he runs a Catholic parish is deceitful and evil. IN doing this he displaced a thousand brother Poles who trusted him to run a Polish Roman Catholic parish and not some stump-jump free form ministry where doctrine and rubrics are mainly a kids game of dress up.

So we really have little problem with Marek except that he is not a Roman Catholic and says he is.

That's a big problem.

Please stay in touch. The next few months are going to be fun.

By the way, do any of you know how the Bialczak brothers are holding up? And what is the setttlement we hear Marek is going to get to go away? Any truth to that?

St. Guy

thetimman said...

Stguy, far be it from me to rain on your parade, but I think Bozek regularly reads and comments here in his own way. And my disagreements with him go far beyond his merely claiming to be Catholic when he is not.