ST. LOUIS - An independent Polish parish in St. Louis has offered an olive branch and a compromise to St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke to resolve a one-year standoff over control of the historic church's assets.I heard this last week on a local radio station but no coverage was in the Post Dispatch as far as I could tell.
The lay board of St. Stanislaus Kostka church proposed turning over all money from Sunday collections to the pastor, yet to be named, to manage. In addition, the lay board offered a year's worth of revenue in advance, spokesman Roger Krasnicki said.
The board also would serve as landlord and lease the historic church and rectory - at no rental cost - to the archdiocese. The board also would assume the responsibility of maintaining the church, to be paid by parishioners in a separate restoration fund.
Bernard Huger, attorney for the archdiocese, said Friday the proposal "is not workable as written," but he'd meet with the parish's attorney the week of Dec. 27 to try to resolve the matter.
It seems the board wants to retain complete control of the property...