I wonder if Wolftracker will have the welcome mat out for the excommunicated advocate for anything other than the Catholic faith.

Thank you to the reader who sent along the following notice:

LAY SYNOD IN KANSAS

April 9, 2008 11:05 am

I (SLC: not the reader who sent me this) am sponsoring a talk and Q&A with Father Marek B. Bozek, pastor of St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish in St. Louis on Saturday April 19, 2008 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the K.C. Public Library, Ruiz Branch, Ruiz Meeting Room, 2017 West Pennway, in Kansas City, MO.

Father Bozek is involved in a controversial dispute with the Archdiocese of Saint Louis over the property and administration of St. Stanislaus Parish. He was excommunicated by Archbishop Burke in December 2005 and recently was threatened with “laicization” for his support and participation in the ordination ceremony of two Catholic women priests. The parish he pastors is of Polish heritage and today is proudly inclusive, welcoming all at the Eucharistic table, with no regard to ethnicity, race, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or any other extraneous factor. The membership at St. Stanislaus has more than doubled in the last two years. The dream-parish envisioned by Vatican II is clearly possible!

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Caveat emptor— there are a number of inaccuracies in the above post:

1. Bozek is not pastor– Archbishop Burke found that he usurped this position unlawfully.

2. There is no Catholic parish of St. Stanislaus in St. Louis– it has been suppressed.

3. The “dispute” about the proper administration of St. Stanislaus is long over– because of the contumacy of the priest and Board, the parish is suppressed, and is no longer Catholic in any sense of the word.

4. He was not excommunicated by Archbishop Burke– he incurred it automatically, and this fact was declared by His Grace.

5. Whether a person presenting themselves to receive Communion is living in a state of mortal sin is not an extraneous factor.

6. The claim that the membership of St. Stanislaus has doubled since it ceased being Catholic is highly dubious. If the last video news report of Channel 4, or the statements of Roger Krasnicki are at all indicative, then for this to be true the previous membership must have been approximately 5 people.

7. The “dream-parish of Vatican II” would look nothing like St. Stanislaus– the “dream-parish of people who ‘feel’ that Vatican II changed any Church teaching” would look A LOT like St. Stan’s. All that remains is for them to rip out the statues, stained glass windows and high altar and put in a coffee table and swimming pool, surrounded by leotard-clad granola-eaters swaying with bowls of incense. Then it would be perfect.

Other than those few items, the notice is entirely correct. Enjoy him, Kansas City! We will be glad to be rid of him for a time, however short.