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Friday, December 23, 2005

Hurray for Archbishop Burke!

In his column for the St. Louis Archdiocesan newspaper last week, Archbishop Burke wrote about the excommunication of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and the priest they hired after having an interdict imposed on them. I think it's fair to say that the Archbishop covered all the bases in this column: he defended himself against claims made about him in the media, and cited canon law to back up his decision. Most importantly, he expressed his sorrow over what has happened with this situation. The conclusion of his column sums it up very well:

As I wrote at the beginning, my heart is heavy in writing to you about the break of communion with the Church by our brothers and sisters at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, most especially at the Holy Seasons of Advent and Christmas. We must not, however, permit Satan to steal our joy at the preparation for Christmas and the celebration of the Birth of Our Lord Jesus. Let, rather, the mystery of the Incarnation, which we will celebrate with deepest joy on Christmas Day and throughout the Christmas Season be the source of our renewed prayers for the reconciliation of the members of the board of directors, of those who support them, and of Father Marek Bozek.

(read the entire - excellent - column here)

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