Interesting information from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
You might remember that in that great city there was a bit of a war between the chancery and a national parish with Polish heritage, St. Stanislaus. The parish had fallen into a type of "trusteeism" and the Archbishop, H.E. Raymond Burke, tried to set things right. People dug their feet in, resisted the Archbishop, a priest came in from another diocese without faculties and got involved. Suspensions and excommunications resulted. A real mess.
Now I read this:
Three Saint Stanislaus Board Members Reconciled With Church—Lawsuit Filed To Reconcile Former Parish
The Archdiocese of St. Louis issued the following statement on July 23, 2008:
Mrs. Bernice Krauze, Mr. Stanley Rozanski, and Mr. Robert Zabielski, members of the Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus Parish Corporation, met last month (June 10) with Archbishop Raymond L. Burke to be reconciled fully with the Catholic Church. They are once again in full communion with the Catholic Church and are no longer under any censure.
Since then, the three have joined other parishioners of the former Saint Stanislaus Kostka parish in filing a lawsuit against the Saint Stanislaus Parish Corporation. The lawsuit is asking for the corporation to adhere to the 1891 Bylaws, to which the parish and the Archdiocese of St. Louis had agreed. If the lawsuit is successful, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is prepared to appoint a Catholic priest, Rev. Michael Marchlewski, S.J., to Saint Stanislaus as administrator.
- Q & A Regarding Reconciliation of Saint Stanislaus Board Members and Lawsuit
- St. Louis Review: More Saint Stanislaus Members Reconcile With Catholic Church
- Text of the Petition Filed in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, July 23, 2008 (168.42 Kb PDF file)
- Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish Charter (319.12 Kb PDF file)
- Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish Articles of Agreement (771.87 Kb PDF file)
- Saint Stanislaus Kostka Parish Bylaws (1891) (604.58 Kb PDF file)
This is very positive news.
What’s going on?
The group who is reconciled have asked for help from the Archdiocese to reconcile the former parish with the Archdiocese.
So, the group along with the Archdiocese of St. Louis filed a lawsuit against the St. Stanislaus Parish Corporation in St. Louis City Court. The lawsuit ask the corporation to adhere to the 1891 Bylaws, to which the parish and the Archdiocese of St. Louis had agreed.
If the lawsuit is successful, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will appoint a priest as an administrator.
Remember: no excommunication need be permanent. They are intended as remedies to heal wounds the offenders cause to the Body of Christ, the Church.