Schism forming in St. Louis

Schism forming in St. Louis

The case of St. Stanislaus parish in St. Louis has taken a decidedly strange, but not wholly unexpected, turn. (I’ve written about this situation before: 1, 2, 3)

In a nutshell, Archbishop Raymond Burke has stripped the parish of its priest, forbade the celebration of the sacraments there, and placed an interdict on the lay board of trustees because they refuse to submit to the legitimate authority of the archbishop. Rather than recognize the error of their ways, the lay board has hired a Polish priest serving at the cathedral of the neighboring Spring-Cape Girardeau diocese. They are one step closer to formal schism. I guess keeping control of money and property and power is more important to them than remaining Catholic.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli