Saturday, May 15, 2004

St. Louis Polish Parish Fights Archdiocese Over Control

A number of stories like this are springing up lately. Whether it is laity fighting to save their parish from being closed or priests joining forces against the bishop to triumph some cause at odds with Catholic teaching. These may be isolated incidents or signs of that the bishops are losing control of the faithful in this country...

From Parish votes to protect itself:

"A Polish parish at odds with the St. Louis Archdiocese has voted overwhelmingly to release its assets to a Roman Catholic charity -- not the archdiocese -- if the parish ever dissolves.

St. Stanislaus Kosta parish challenged Archbishop Raymond Burke's demand that it relinquish control of $9 million in assets and leadership by a lay board, calling that an unlawful takeover.

Various administrative changes amount to insurance protection in a feud with little hope for compromise, parishioner Roger Krasnicki said.
The historic parish has contacted religious orders requesting staff if Archbishop Raymond Burke withdraws its archdiocesan priest. A delegation will seek support at the Vatican."