Fr. Marek Bozek had come across as a traditionalist priest, but it didn't take long for the fruits of disobedience to become visible: The priest later attracted the disobedient, from gays and lesbians flaunting their status to those pridefully dissenting from various teachings.
His excellency was vilified, especially by the secular press for "picking on" these people, and even in dissenting Catholic circles. Now, the fruits of his efforts are showing the effectiveness that excommunication can have when used.
Several of those board members have gone forward to seek reconciliation with Burke and the Church and three have joined him in a lawsuit against Bozek and company. The Archbishop has been working to laicize the wayward priest who has thumbed his nose at every attempt to made to reign him in and now the Vatican will decide his fate.
This is the way it is suppose to happen. Excommunication is the Church's form of tough love and its purpose isn't to kick people out, but to get them to think about the seriousness of their position and to reconcile with the Church.
Here are other posts made on this, the first of which I recommend if you do not have much background in this issue. I went back through the history and the most unusual situation that sparked it all. This was a really devastating story that may have a good ending after all, especially if those reconciled parishioners can get their parish back from Bozek.
- Excommunications in St. Louis.... of Love and Correction
- Archbishop Burke explains situation with Fr. Marek Bozek in Video
- Abp Burke seeks laicization of wayward priest
- Wayward Priest Meets with Abp Burke
- Archdiocese of St. Louis webpage on Fr. Marek Bozek (contains video message from Abp Burke)
- Fr. Bozek should stop and think (Ed Peters, JD, JCD)
- Abp Burke's excommunication of the "women priests" who were "ordained" by Fr. Bozek (Ed Peters, JD, JCD)
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