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Vatican Rules Polish Parish in Violation of Church Law

St. Stanislaus Kostka in North St. Louis.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – The Vatican is siding with Archbishop Raymond Burke in ruling a St. Louis Catholic parish in violation of canon law.

A lay board of directors controls the assets at St. Stanislaus Kostka.

In August, Burke removed the church's clergy because the Polish parish refused to give financial control to the Archdiocese.

Board spokesman Roger Krasnicki says the Vatican decree Monday was a setback, but most parishioners still see little room for compromise.

If I'm any judge of the mind of the people, I would think, as they say, it would be a cold day in hell when we do that.

Krasnicki says there's little hope for an appeal, because Vatican officials said they do not recognize the board's existence.

In a statement, an archdiocesan administrator said he hopes to reconcile with the directors.

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