Archbishop Burke meets with St. Stanislaus’ priest

Archbishop Burke meets with St. Stanislaus’ priest

Via Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, Archbishop Raymond Burke has had a meeting with the priest he excommunicated in December for disobeying an order and joining up with the breakaway St. Stanislaus parish.

St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke met Tuesday with a priest he declared excommunicated in December. The Rev. Marek Bozek, who was hired as pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish late last year, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he had met with the archbishop but would not comment on their conversation.

This would seem to dispel the notion that Archbishop Burke is not pastoral, that he only throws down thunderbolts from on high without caring for the needs of those he punishes. Burke’s style was contrasted with that of Archbishop Sean O’Malley in Boston, who has not taken strong action against dissenters or pro-abortion politicians, with the implication that O’Malley soft approach is more effective in Boston.

More effective than what? We’ve had a “soft” approach for decades now and the archdiocese only gets worse and worse. How much worse could it get with a more proactive bishop? Burke is obviously not a bishop who sits on his throne and makes decrees with no regard to how they are carried out or the effect they have on people. Neither is he afraid to make the hard decisions. Perhaps in this case, a little “tough love” is paying off.

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