You don’t spit into the wind
You don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger
And you don’t mess around with Archbishop Raymond Burke, da do da do…
From STLToday: Rev. Marek Bozek, 32 and a native of Poland, said Monday that he received a letter from Burke last week, informing him that he should present himself before the archbishop for “canonical admonition.”
In the letter, Burke said he’s begun the process of laicization, or being “dismissed from the clerical state,” for Bozek. The letter cited Bozek’s participation in schism at the church that has been locked in a battle with the archdiocese over control of its assets and his public support for, and participation in, an ordination ceremony of two Catholic women last year.
Bozek was one of the clerical celebrants at a ceremony at Central Reform Congregation in the Central West End in November when two women were ordained as priests of an organization called Roman Catholic Womenpriests.
In all honesty, Archbishop Burke has been tremendously patient with Bozek and has repeatedly admonished him to turn from his idiotic ways. Even today, the Archbishop is trying to bring Bozek to repentance.
In the letter to Bozek, Burke said the priest must repent, apologize, do public penance and return to his own diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
But Bozek still doesn’t get it. The Archbishop is not doing this because he likes it or based on some discretionary whim. He is doing this because he has to.
Bozek said his canon lawyer was “looking for options,” but said he was “very open to conversation and dialogue with the archbishop. I’m willing to hear what he has to say.”
“My definition of compromise is that I move two steps and he move two steps and we meet in the middle,” Bozek said. “But his definition is that I move four steps and he stands immovable like a rock.”
A rock…hmmm? Where have I heard that before?