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Parishoners Weigh Options after Removal of Priests

St. Stanislaus (KWMU file photo)
St. Stanislaus (KWMU file photo)

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – Members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic church in North St. Louis met Thursday night to discuss the future of their parish.

This week Archbishop Raymond Burke reassigned the church's two priests.

Burke says the lay board of directors at the Polish church has no right under canon law to oversee parish assets.

Board member Bob Zabielski says the church is considering bringing in a priest from outside the archdiocese. But there's a catch.

"The archbishop has the authority to prohibit another religious order from coming in there that reports to the archdiocese," Zabielski said. "In other words, if a priest from Chicago wanted to come down and say Mass in our church, he would have to get permission from the archdiocese."

Zabielski says secession from the archdiocese is a possibility, but that would be the last straw.

Archbishop Burke has said repeatedly he has no plans to close the church.


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