Louis Catholic gave a heads up to this news earlier today and
now has the story.
The St. Louis Archdiocese filed suit
today against the St. Stanislaus Kostka church in an attempt to regain
control of the former Polish parish.
Six parishioners, including three recent board members, joined the
archdiocese in the suit. They are asking a St. Louis judge to void any
changes to the St. Stanislaus’ bylaws since 2001 and give the
archbishop the authority to appoint a pastor and board there.
Last month, the St. Stanislaus board voted 4-3 to dissolve itself and
allow parishioners to elect a new board at its annual meeting in
August. Eight St. Stanislaus board members had been declared
excommunicated by Archbishop Raymond Burke.
According to the archdiocese, the three board members who lost that
vote – Bernice Krauze, Stanley Rozanski, and Robert Zabielski – were
secretly reconciled with the Roman Catholic church last month in a
meeting with Burke before Pope Benedict XVI re-assigned him to a new
position at the Vatican.
Since one board member had previously
reconciled with the Church that now makes four to do so since they wre
excommunicated. This is surely the true end of an
excommunication anyway – the Church’s version of tough love.