moves Polish Masses permanently.
Of the Post-Dispatch
The decision Friday by the
St. Louis Archdiocese to make St. Agatha's parish the permanent
official Polish parish in St. Louis ratcheted up the continuing battle
between parishioners at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and the
The decision was made,
according to an archdiocesan spokesman, to accommodate a group the
archdiocese said was made up of 150 to 200 Polish Catholics who
remained loyal to the archbishop in the struggle for control of St.
St. Stanislaus, which is
northwest of downtown, has been controlled by its own board since 1891.
It was the home of Polish-language Masses until August, when Burke
temporarily transferred the Polish apostolate to St. John the Apostle
"The archbishop decided it
was necessary for them to have their own parish and, at the same time,
help to save St. Agatha's," said Jamie Allman, the archdiocese
spokesman. St. Agatha's was most recently used for the archdiocese's
Tridentine, or Latin, Mass.
Allman said if
the parishioners remaining at St. Stanislaus resolve their dispute, it
would be up to the group at St. Agatha's as to whether or not the
archdiocese would return the Polish apostolate to St. Stanislaus.
He did not say what would
happen to St. Agatha's. "That would be determined then," he said.
For more than a year, St.
Stanislaus parishioners and Burke have been arguing over control of the
church's governance. Robert Zabielski, a member of the St. Stanislaus
board, said he was not surprised by Burke's decision to name another
church as the official Polish church in the archdiocese.
still the Roman Catholic Polish church in St. Louis," said
"It looks like he doesn't want to work this out.
have not abandoned him."
Zabielski said the parish
is currently looking for a Roman Catholic priest who will regularly
celebrate Mass in the church.
Tim O'Neil of the
Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.
Reporter Tim Townsend
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