10 January 2011

St. Stan's Trial Set to Begin Today

The spectacle of the lawsuit between the Archdiocese of Saint Louis and the schismatic (and formerly Catholic parish of) St. Stanislaus is set to begin today. The very uncomfortable proposition of a civil judge deciding whether a church is or is not Catholic becomes a real possibility. Of course, the lawsuit is not framed in such a fashion. Unlike the schism at St. Stan's, the story will be about money, violations of by-laws and charter, control, and such issues.

This is a bench trial, so at least the St. Stan's crowd doesn't have direct recourse to the Oprahization of this country.

Work schedule prevents me from being there, but it is in the 21st Circuit (St. Louis City), Division 11, and was set to begin at 9am today.

The Docket entries show that the St. Stan's side has dropped its claim for legal fees, and some of its counterclaims. The former Board members who are suing alongside the Archdiocese still have a motion for sanctions against opposing counsel pending. Also, motion has been made for written findings of fact and conclusions of law, so even though the trial documents are so far unviewable, we will at some point get a full written ruling from Judge Hettenbach.

--Unless, that is, the parties still settle.

Today's STLToday story is here.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.



Anonymous said...


This is pure speculation, but is it coincidental that His Eminence Cardinal Burke is (or was) in town?

Anonymous said...

Great post and you couldn't have selected a more appropriate prayer.

Anonymous said...

I am disappointed. You call yourself a blogger? A real blogger would get out of his parents' basement, adjust his eyes to the light of a winter sun, make his way to the Courthouse and live-blog (or live-tweet, whatev) this trial for both of his blog readers.

Of course, real bloggers don't have jobs, so there is that, I guess.

thetimman said...

Anonymous the Third,

Quite right, but then I have been disappointing the reasonable expectations of others for some time now.

The only thing more perplexing, I suppose, is the state of the person who follows the blogger's posts and cares enough to comment.

Uh-oh, my Mom just came down. Gotta go.

Anonymous said...


Bravo, Timman, on a well-played repartee.


Anonymous the Third

thetimman said...

Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis!