St. Stanislaus developments

St. Stanislaus developments

Here’s the latest on the breakaway parish in St. Louis, St. Stanislaus Kostaka. A letter to the editor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch extolled the virtues of St. Stanislaus, and more specifically the Polish priest who broke obedience to his own bishop in Cape Girardeau and Archbishop Raymond Burke in St. Louis to serve at the whim of the lay board of the parish. It’s no surprise that the people lauding this move are members of ... Voice of the Faithful.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Burke has apparently had enough. He has officially declared the parish in schism.

The members of the board of directors refuse to accept the governance of the parish by the Roman Catholic Church, insisting that they remain devout Roman Catholics by governing the parish themselves. They have, thereby, broken the bond of communion with the Apostolic See and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Burke also dispels the myth that he was only after their money, citing canon law that says the goods and assets of a parish belong to it.

Regarding money, there has never been a question that the money and all the other temporal goods of the parish belong to the parish, as is the case with every other parish in the archdiocese. I have no authority to seize the funds of any parish for any purpose, no matter how noble.

Hiring the Polish priest was the final straw

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Domenico Bettinelli