By a vote of 257 to 185, the former Catholic parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka voted, in effect, to reject the recent offer of reconciliation most generously made by Archbishop Carlson. The actual proposition voted on indicated the majority did “not agree with the direction the Board is pursuing toward settling a lawsuit.”
There are so many things that could be said in an offhand manner, but the situation is so sad. It has taken nearly a thousand years and the Eastern schism is not yet healed, so perhaps it is not surprising that this one persists. And one has to wonder how many Catholics are still attending that church, even confused ones. A non-Catholic non-priest has a way of attracting fellow non-Catholics. Even the attorney for the excommunicated Board and Mr. Bozek belongs to a group that pretends to be “reformed Catholic”.
The real problem with the St. Stan’s group is that they don’t realize that the window of opportunity will close in the near future. Not just the window of opportunity to reconcile with some shred of dignity, but even the opportunity to bask in the garish light of popular rebellion. They risk being old news; they are already old news.
The joke that is being played on them is one of the miracles of the faith. The only Person who still cares about them is Christ. The only group that cares is Christ’s Church, the same Catholic Church they have cast off. In God’s never-ending mercy, the Church still wants them. And praise God for that.
Because when Bozek has taken everything he wants, and when the Board has picked through the bones of its petty grievances, and when no one else cares, Christ and His Church will be there to pick up the pieces.
So, the saga continues, but the logic of its conclusion is inexorable.