Archbishop Burke seeks laicization for renegade Polish priest.

St. Louis , Jan. 17, 2008.

Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis, Missouri, has begun formal proceedings to defrock a priest connected with a schismatic Polish Catholic community.

The archbishop is seeking the laicization of Father Marek Bozek, a Polish native with a checkered history. In 2005, Archbishop Burke had excommunicated Bozek, a priest of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese, for his involvement in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, a congregation in St. Louis that has rejected the archbishop's authority.

More recently, in November of last year, Father Bozek took part in a feminist ceremony, staged in a Reformed Jewish synagogue in St. Louis, at which two women claimed to have been ordained as Catholic priests.

Father Bozek originally studied for the priesthood in Poland with the Pallotine order, then the Archdiocese of Warmia. He left seminary studies for the Warmia archdiocese after he was accused of homosexual tendencies. Eight years ago, he came to the US, where he was ordained a priest in 2002. 

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