Friday, January 27, 2006

The Skinny on St. Stanislaus

As a faithful Roman Catholic in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I thought I'd keep everyone updated on the circumstances surrounding the recent excommunications of the lay board members and rogue priest at St. Stanislaus parish in North St. Louis. Unfortunately, the secular media and the several usual suspects who surface in this sort of matter have clamored loud and long in their criticisms of His Emminence, Archbishop Raymond Burke.

For anyone truly interested in the facts of this case, the pertinent documents can be found in .pdf format at: http://www.archstl.org/parishes/documents/st_stanislaus.html

A few snippets from the FAQ page of the lay board's own website pretty much sums up the root of the problem pretty nicely though...

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What is the Vatican position on this conflict?
Our case is under review and we will hear of their decision in November. However from most accounts, regardless of the injustice shown us the Congregation for the Clergy has a strong tendency to side with their man, the Archbishop.

What will St. Stanislaus do if no resolution on this with the Archbishop is possible?
The Archbishop and archdiocese place our dedicated Roman Catholic Parish in a position that we may not desire to take or want to take, but may be forced to take. There are other religious organizations willing to serve our religious needs.

What about joining another (non Roman) Catholic Church
Viable option
Religious celebrations are nearly identical to what we see in the Roman Catholic Church today. These religious organizations broke away from the Roman Catholic Church due to the same demands we are seeing today. Religion was not the issue. It was, as it is today, about power and control.

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The sad thing is, they don't even understand how their responses to these questions show their hand. Chalk up another tragedy in the Church due to either poor or corrupt catechesis by the hijackers of Vatican II.

3 Comments:

Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

"There are other religious organizations willing to serve our religious needs."

That pretty much says it all.

In fact, had they not brought it up I might have suggested it. I hate to see anyone cut of from the Means of Grace, so in fact I hope they are reconciled. But, clearly, the *logical* thing to do, from their standpoint, is to have their "needs" met elsewhere.

Friday, January 27, 2006 4:23:00 PM  
Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

And another thing: "Religious celebrations are nearly identical to what we see in the Roman Catholic Church today."

Can you say "Cultural Catholic." In point of fact, when I left the Episcopal church I took a noticeable step *down* liturgically. It's not all stained-glass and organ pipes: the early Christians worshiped underground in the catacombs literally surrounded by the blood of the martyrs.

Friday, January 27, 2006 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Frank Hogrebe said...

That's what I mean about them showing their hand without even knowing it.

It's mentioned so matter of factly-- oh, didn't you know Burke, there are other churches that can meet our needs-- so nah-nah-nah-nah-boo-boo...

"other churches"
"our needs"

The misunderstanding of the prime issues runs so terribly deep, where does one start?

Friday, January 27, 2006 4:47:00 PM  

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