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To: mardigras- St. L

What do you mean when you say that you are supporter of St. Stanislaus Parish not St. John - St. John's parish has nothing to do with this conflict. Do you still believe in One Holy and Apostolic Church or maybe you think it is not as Holy.... If yes, than what makes you questioning the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy and its operational principles? Are you against Archbishop Burke because you are against Roman Catholic Church hierarchy or because you formed your opinion about him after reading "Riverfront Times" and board of directors blathering. Do you consider yourself just Roman Catholic or liberal Roman Catholic, or maybe ultraliberal Roman Catholic?

Perhaps we should let lay people to take over not only parish governance but also Archdiocese finances. In fact - perhaps we really do not need bishops in diocese and priests in parishes, they are just standing in the way, aren't they?


122 posted on 03/16/2005 12:21:25 PM PST by polonia semper fidelis
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To: polonia semper fidelis

Take a look at the title of this site---"St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish @ St. JUohns, Apostle Evangelist Church"---I know St. Johns is not involved directly in the dispute. If you are a parishioner of St. Johns, why did you allow the Archbishop the use of your church for Polish masses.; which in itself has strongly divided even further the conflict. In a way, St. Johns is part of the conflict now and you let the Archbishop do it. His attitude of"my way or the highway" is not the approach of a spiritual leader. This is the approach of a pure business in a layoff or in a financial bind. What gets me about you is that you think that we as members cannot question the church hierarchy?! How about the other parishes in the St. Louis Diocese that are not under the control of the Archdiocese. Their boards do not answer to the Archbishop. I will continue to support St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in No. St. Louis,but not St. Johns.As, I have said before, I will double my usual contribution to the Archdiocese Development Appeal and send it to St. Stanislaus Parish on No. 20th Street. This will be so noted on my ADA pledge card. I will continue to support my primary parish. I am a liberal Roman Catholic, who takes great pride in my religion and visits many beautiful churches through out the St. Louis area for Sunday Mass. I hope you have a nice day, because I have a nice day every day.


123 posted on 03/17/2005 7:05:51 AM PST by mardigras- St. L
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To: polonia semper fidelis
Perhaps we should let lay people to take over not only parish governance but also Archdiocese finances.

That would be a very good thing, given that nearly 1/3 of the dioceses in the US are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

The clergy are the spiritual and moral leaders of Catholicism. Holy Orders does not impart the charisms of financial acumen or management skill.

124 posted on 03/17/2005 7:13:00 AM PST by sinkspur ("Preach the gospel. If necessary, use words.")
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