The board of directors for St. Stanislaus Kostka parish made an hourlong presentation to a vocal and defiant standing-room-only crowd on Sunday morning, detailing the latest proposals and disagreements between board members and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.Some of the comments of participants quoted in the paper:
The meeting, which attracted about 500 of the church's parishioners and supporters, was organized in response to a compilation of materials published in the archdiocesan newspaper, the St. Louis Review, and on its Web site last week. Those articles explained the archdiocesan side in the battle for control over St. Stanislaus's governing structure.
"The bishop is the king in his castle and we are his villagers..."
"It's an abomination that he comes up with something like that." (Speaking of the interdict)
"I don't think they did anything wrong..." (Speaking about the board members)
"Poland was the first country to defeat Communism, and we can beat the archbishop if we stick together."
"It doesn't look good now, but what the archbishop doesn't understand is that we'll never give in..."
"He might be following the law of the church, but he is not following the law of God. My goal is to dig in and stay here."