Bozek reacts to Post-Dispatch story.

By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
02/11/2009.

The Rev. Marek Bozek, pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, sent an e-mail to his friends today in reaction to a story on the front page of today’s Post-Dispatch.

Bozek takes issue with the story that outlined his incardination as a priest into two groups independent from the Vatican.

From the top of the story:

Since last spring, the Rev. Marek Bozek, pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, has been telling his lay board, his congregation and reporters that his interest in aligning himself with bishops outside the Roman Catholic Church was merely research for a hypothetical future in which the pope strips him of his priesthood.

But according to documents obtained by the Post-Dispatch, Bozek a year ago requested - and was granted - priesthood in two Catholic organizations independent from the Vatican…

…In the vernacular of the church, Bozek was “incardinated” into both organizations, with the authority to perform his religious functions under the supervision of their bishops.

But in his e-mail, Bozek denies an affiliation with the groups - Married Priests Now! and the Reformed Catholic Church. “I am not a member of either group,” he writes. “I am not a priest in either group. I am not under the jurisdiction of either bishop.”

Readers can decide for themselves here.

In his e-mail, Bozek explains that he “asked for assurances that priestly faculties from two validly ordained Catholic bishops could be available at some point in the future,” and says the groups then granted him “secondary priestly faculties.”

As subjects of news they don’t like often do, Bozek challenges the newsworthiness of the story in his e-mail, writing, “I believe that it has been a public knowledge for several months now, I spoke about it in the church openly on several occasions and have nothing to hide.”

But, as the story points out, as recently as July, he denied his association with these groups - on the record - in an interview with the newspaper. “I won’t join Milingo, or any other bishop,” he said then. “I know what their liabilities are now.”

Bozek says an attorney representing the parish in its legal battle with the St. Louis Archdiocese will “be giving a brief report on developments in the lawsuit and answer questions after each Mass this weekend.”

23 Blog Comments:

"anyone who looks at this guy should be able to tell what a phony he is"
— Fevredream
11:17 pm February 11th, 2009

"How impudent can Bozek be? He lies, gets caught and continues to deny what is clearly documented here.

If there is anyone left who thinks that this man has any credibility left, you might need a psychiatric evaluation.

To summarize, has he forsaken a vow of poverty? Yes. (BMW and a private loft)

Has he forsaken a vow of obedience? (Obviously)

Has he forsaken a vow of chastity? (I don’t know, but joining “Married Priests Now!” shows that he probably won’t in the future if he hasn’t already.)"
— Wowee
7:57 am February 12th, 2009

"It was Father Marek who came to be the Good Shepherd at St. Stan’s when other priests were put on short
leashes by the Archbishop and forbidden to say the Masses there. These fine Polish people survived the
Nazis and Communists. They hopefully will survive Lindell Blvd.
PRAYER begins with PR. If the reigning hierarchy would pray to the Holy Spirit, their priorities would be much different and they wouldn’t have to pay 6 figures to PR types to clean up their myriad messes.
When we die, each of us will be accountable for what we did with our life. I’m certain we WON’T be judged
on how we followed Canon Law, but how we kept the 10 Commandments."
— Joan Kiburz
8:12 am February 12th, 2009

"Wowee–”How impudent can Bozek be? He lies, gets caught and continues to deny what is clearly documented here.

If there is anyone left who thinks that this man has any credibility left, you might need a psychiatric evaluation.

To summarize, has he forsaken a vow of poverty?”

Substitute “the Vatican” for “Bozek” and those questions are all still valid."
— D2theMcV
8:49 am February 12th, 2009

To Tim Townsend,

"Tim would you run down whether there even is such a thing as “secondary faculties” in the Catholic Church. I suspect that may be a useful invention of Fr. Bozek’s.

Also, what about his suggestion that the Archdiocese “leaked” the news of his incardinations. Anything to that?"
— StGuyFawkes
9:14 am February 12th, 2009

"It was Father Marek who came to be the Good Shepherd at St. Stan’s when other priests were put on short leashes by the Archbishop and forbidden to say the Masses there. These fine Polish people survived the Nazis and Communists. They hopefully will survive Lindell Blvd. PRAYER begins with PR. If the reigning hierarchy would pray to the Holy Spirit, their priorities would be much different and they wouldn’t have to pay 6 figures to PR types to clean up their myriad messes. When we die, each of us will be accountable for what we did with our life. I’m certain we WON’T be judged on how we followed Canon Law, but how we kept the 10 Commandments."
— juana
9:18 am February 12th, 2009

Juana-

"Any “fine Polish people” at St. Stan’s left and now reside at St. Agatha’s. If you consider Bozek or Bialczak “fine” then we obviously have different meanings for the same term.

Furthermore, if it were simply a matter of control of assets, why would Bozek defy accepted practices such as closed communion? Bozek obviously knows better than the faith that he purports to be an adherent of."
— Wowee
9:47 am February 12th, 2009

"Everyone needs to leave this guy alone. I’m not catholic, my wife’s family is and they often attend that church. My father in law was a big part of that church growing up. He says he was involved with raising money for their educational building.

The minister was ask to come there in the first place. He walked into a can of worms. The bottom line is that if the people that go to his church are feeling better when they walk out the door on Sunday morning, he is doing his job. If they are not, ask him to move on. Being a non catholic I guess I just don’t understand the politics of the catholic church. The church that my wife and I have attended for many years is so easy going. We go for personal satisfaction. There are no politics. If Bozek is making the people feel good about their time of worship, thats what it’s all about. Leave him alone. The Post Dispatch surly has better things to do."
— first tom
10:08 am February 12th, 2009

"Good question, StGuyFawkes. I’ll try to get an answer about secondary faculties."
— Tim Townsend
10:34 am February 12th, 2009

first tom-

"If your wife’s family was Catholic, they would not be attending St. Stan’s. Presenting yourself to that man, knowing his status, for a sacrament is a mortal sin.

That same man cannot confer the sacrament of penance, nor can he officiate a wedding or perform the sacrament of confirmation. Any other sacraments that he performs are valid, but not licit. Therefore, any Catholic that practices their faith, would not knowingly approach him for any sacrament.

“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”"
— Wowee
10:54 am February 12th, 2009

"Wowee, My wife’s sister is a nun. She is also a product of two 100% Polish parents. She has attended that church once or twice with her father in the last few years. I guess her heritage is just as strong as her religion. For the first time ever in 30 years of marriage, I heard my in-laws speak badly of the catholic higher ups when they called Burke a jerk during dinner. The nun said very softly, I didn’t here that. Everyone laughed. Your opinion is your opinion. I have alway had the feeling of live and let live. That is what I think of Bozek. If he is able to move someone spiritually, good for him. After all it is a spirit within us. Someone else can’t put it there by force. If his association with any group makes the spirit go away within you. You didn’t have much to begin with."
— first tom
11:12 am February 12th, 2009

first tom-

"That is not my opinion. What I stated were the facts. Catholics, knowing Bozek’s status in the Church, cannot present themselves for a sacrament, lest they commit a sin. If they want to present themselves to him, they are either not Catholic or do not take the faith seriously. Also, the faithful want to receive valid, licit sacraments. I stated which was which earlier.

If your family’s heritage is stronger than their faith in God, that is not something I would be proud of. Are they Polish first or Catholic first? If they want to practice the Catholic faith, they can go to St. Agatha’s, where the Polish faithful go.

I am proud of my heritage, but I would not risk my mortal soul based upon a sense of pride. Humility is a virtue."
— Wowee
11:28 am February 12th, 2009

From Ray Charles “Hit The Road Jack”

"(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no
more.)
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more.)
What you say?
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.)
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more.)

Woah Woman, oh woman, don’t treat me so mean,
You’re the meanest old woman that I’ve ever seen.
I guess if you said so
I’d have to pack my things and go. (That’s right)

(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.)
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more.)
What you say?
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.)
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more.)

Now baby, listen baby, don’t ya treat me this-a way
Cause I’ll be back on my feet some day.
(Don’t care if you do ’cause it’s understood)
(you ain’t got no money you just ain’t no good.)
Well, I guess if you say so
I’d have to pack my things and go. (That’s right)

(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.)
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more.)
What you say?
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.)
(Hit the road Mark and don’t you come back no more.)

Well
(don’t you come back no more.)
Uh, what you say?
(don’t you come back no more.)
I didn’t understand you
(don’t you come back no more.)
You can’t mean that
(don’t you come back no more.)
Oh, now baby, please
(don’t you come back no more.)
What you tryin’ to do to me?
(don’t you come back no more.)
Oh, don’t treat me like that
(don’t you come back no more.)"
— Parishioner
12:21 pm February 12th, 2009

"There’s some pretty rough Bozek Bashing going on here. How about Fevredream, Wowee, D2theMcV leave off the pseudonyms and admit
that Marek was the only priest brave enough to bypass Lindell
and celebrate Mass at St. Stan’s when the Archbishop was in his “take-over” mode.
NOTE: The reason my sentiments appear 2x’s is for some cyber glitch reason, my computer at home wouldn’t recognize the anti-spam gibberish.
So I came to my office and used my favorite pseudonym. . .Juana,
as in Pope Joan; Juana, the only female Jesuit and Joan of Arc.
All brave women who put their name with their words. I e-mailed the
message to Tim at the PD and he posted it. Thanks Tim!"
— Joan Kiburz
12:44 pm February 12th, 2009

"These issues and all the arguing with them serve to highlight problems in the catholic church.

It just seems like we end up taking up sides on issues that aren’t even of any Biblical certainty or importance. Church structure, canon law, celibacy of the priesthood, sacraments and who can perform them, mortal sins, various vows. It seems strange that we are screaming where scriputure whispers, or even worse where it is silent. But I guess that’s kind of what’s catholic about catholicism."
— Mike
12:49 pm February 12th, 2009

Joan-

"You do realize that Pope Joan was a myth that was debunked by a Protestant historian don’t you?"
— Wowee
12:53 pm February 12th, 2009

"There’s some pretty rough Bozek Bashing going on here. How about Fevredream, Wowee, D2theMcV leave off the pseudonyms and admit
that Marek was the only priest brave enough to bypass Lindell
and celebrate Mass at St. Stan’s when the Archbishop was in his “take-over” mode.
NOTE: The reason my sentiments appear 2x’s is for some cyber glitch reason, my computer at home wouldn’t recognize the anti-spam gibberish.
So I came to my office and used my favorite pseudonym. . .Juana,
as in Pope Joan; Juana, the only female Jesuit and Joan of Arc.. .
all brave women who put their name with their words. I e-mailed the
message to Tim at the PD and he posted it. Thanks Tim!"
— Joan aka Juana
1:14 pm February 12th, 2009

"Wowee, That is exactly what I said. Your opinion is your opinion. That means you can judge all you want about other people. It won’t get you to heaven no matter what your religion tells you. I normally try not to judge others, or at least not publicly. But in your case I think I will have to break my own rules since you have judged my families faith. You are one of the most brain washed I have ever heard from. Please don’t reply if you are human. You have said enough bad things about others beliefs for one day. Live on."
— first tom
1:20 pm February 12th, 2009

"Joan–I think you’ve misinterpreted my post. I’m a big fan of St. Stan’s position vs. the archaic feudal system propagated by the Roman Catholic heirarchy. By extension, I support Bozek. Although I would agree he’s deviated from the original issue–which, from my understanding, is that St. Stan’s has money, and the Catholic Church wants to get its greedy hands on it. It’s not spiritual philosophy that has driven Roman Catholicism to the brink of irrelevancy–it’s the practical operation from the highest level on down."
— D2theMcV
1:32 pm February 12th, 2009

"Joan … it’s great that you protect him. But, did you ever think that the reason he came to St. Stan’s and was willing to ‘cross the line’ was because HE HAD HIS OWN AGENDA?!? Now, he is going thru with that agenda and STEALING IS ONE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. He is stealing from those poor, old, immigrant parishioners."
— Ball Boy
1:56 pm February 12th, 2009

"All I got to say is, great reporting, Tim, all the way around."
— Travis Scholl
3:31 pm February 12th, 2009

"He lies, gets caught and continues to deny what is clearly documented here.

Sounds like he’s ready to be a bishop."
— Ampegbass
4:52 pm February 12th, 2009

"Is the Post now a tabloid? This story, however accurate it may be, is full of sensational and biased statements. Whatever happened to giving both sides, and not interjecting such statements like “Readers can decide for themselves.”? Well thank you Tim, I usually decide for myself. Your insecure need to put that line into the text of the story was just ridiculous, and basically said that you, the reporter, thought the Priest was lying. You aren’t supposed to do that as a journalist.
“As subjects of news they don’t like often do…” Wow is that a confusing sentence. After one unravels it, we again find a personal attack from the reporter.
The top of this tory should have listed it as an editorial. One last question, when is it newsworthy that a subject of a previous story emails his friends his reaction to that story? There is no new information here on your story. It doesn’t go any further. It just gives you a chance to tell your same story again, but with editorial interjections."
— L. Melviin
9:30 am February 13th, 2009 


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