Saturday, August 07, 2004

Archbishop Raymond Burke, Diocese of St. Louis, MO

Archbishop Raymond Burke this week said that in light of canon law and in order to educate the faithful about the role of the pastor, he has temporarily removed two priests from a local parish.

In a letter to the parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Tuesday, the archbishop explained that regular Sunday Masses will not be celebrated in the church "until a reconciliation has taken place" between the archdiocese and St. Stanislaus' board of directors.

He also said he would not assign another priest to the parish until the board "conforms to Church discipline."

The archdiocese states that St. Stanislaus' structure as an independently incorporated nonprofit group, run by a lay board, is contrary to canon law, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . . . . The St. Louis parish has taken on a structure similar to that in Protestant congregations, which gives authority in the church to a lay committee and effectively turns the pastor into an employee. . . . READ MORE.

Source: Dispute over parish control leads to removal of priests" Catholic World News August 6, 2004.