This is the new name of the Transalpine Redemptorists, recently reconciled with Rome. In Latin the name is Filii Sanctissimi Redemptoris, abbreviated F.SS.R.
Sometimes I wish I could read the weekly briefing log of the shadowy leader of the joint Bozek-Cronan-“womenpriest” would-be revolution. They simply take turns glomming on to the media for attention and inviting the great unwashed to join them on their faith journey to a place outside of the Church they love to hate.
Excommunicated St. Louis priest stresses truth over obedience
By TOM HEINEN
Posted: July 18, 2008
Excommunication has not eroded the personal beliefs of the Rev. Marek Bozek, a Polish-born priest who butted heads with Archbishop Raymond Burke and the Vatican by leaving his assignment in a different Missouri diocese to become the pastor of a rebellious parish in St. Louis.
Comparing his situation to the underground Solidarity Movement in Poland during communist rule, he still insists that individual conscience trumps authority.
Bozek, 33, the pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, will reflect on that in a talk titled “The Odyssey of Joseph the Dreamer: A Reflection on Those Who Care to Dream” at a Voice of the Faithful reform group meeting open to the public at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1750 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield.
Q: Your talk’s focus?
A: The reflection is directed to the people who have been disappointed with the direction of the Roman Catholic Church today, especially to the people who remember the zeal and the joy of the Vatican II council.
Q: Your last communication with the hierarchy?
A: The last thing that I have heard was in May, and it was a document sent to the archbishop by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (a Vatican department), informing him that his excommunication of myself and the board has been approved. And also in this document, Cardinal (William) Levada informs Archbishop Burke that my process of laicization will be taken directly to the Holy Father, and (the pope) will issue a decision himself.
Q: Your reasoning?
A: In the Catholic theology, obedience is very, very high up in their so-called hierarchy of values. But it’s not the highest value. Above obedience, there is truth, justice and, of course, charity.
Q:You say that you became a priest to meet people’s spiritual needs, and that you came to St. Stanislaus because parishioners were suffering an injustice, had no priest and asked you to come?
A: The question was, should I follow my conscience or should I be obedient to the authority who demands of me something contrary to my conscience, contrary to all the reasons why I became a priest.
Q: Go on.
A: I am only 33 years old, but I remember seeing the underground movement in Poland. I think that’s what’s happening in the church right now. When people reject many parts of Catholic discipline — like contraception, or the issue of divorce, or of married priests, or of women priests, or of gay or lesbian couples — more Catholics become underground Catholics. They do not recognize the regime, but they still identify themselves as Catholics.
Q: A parishioner who invited you has left, accusing you of trying to split the church and of inviting people with grudges against the Catholic Church.
A:Yes, he and his family, unfortunately. And I’m sorry they left, but if the person who disobeyed the bishop says that I am disobeying the bishop on different issues, I call it selective hearing. I don’t believe church should be the place where anyone is judged or discriminated.