Priest at Polish parish under scrutiny by congregation

Monday, March 3, 2008

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- First, the Rev. Marek Bozek angered the archbishop. Now, some in Bozek's own parish would like to remove him.

Bozek heads St. Stanislaus Kostka, the Polish-heritage church that has been at odds with Archbishop Raymond Burke, who has removed the parish's Catholic standing and declared Bozek and parish board members excommunicated.

But the dispute is over money and control, not dogma. Some members now claim Bozek disregards church teachings by supporting ordination of women as priests and offering Communion to divorcees and homosexuals.

Many parishioners spoke at an emotional meeting on Sunday. Church board members say they will consider the comments.

Bozek meets Wednesday with Burke, who is expected to begin the process of defrocking Bozek.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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