Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Follow the Law with Love...

I could not help but think that this sounds so much like "Follow the yellow brick road." And I was having 'visions' in my head of people skipping and flitting about - sort of like some halucinagenic 60's movie or something...

Anyway, we hear again from one Fr. William Forst, who in a previous letter asserted that he is a Catholic priest. The wisdom which we receive today is this:
Archdiocese of St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke is definitely and certainly following the law; but church law, unlike civil law, is to be interpreted with love. There is no love in the excommunication of the board of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church and its priest. The archbishops of the past 110 years all interpreted church law with love.

The Rev. William Forst
St. Louis
Here I sit scratching my head wondering "Huh?"...

Anyway, if one has not dulled his intellect with who-knows-what, one can see that Archbishop Burke exhibited enormous patience and charity in his handling of this rebellion...I suppose that the next time Archbishop Burke must take some sort of disciplinary action, who should do so in a tie-dyed t-shirt and wear flowers in his hair...Maybe this would please Fr. Forst?

True, authentic love desires the highest and best for the sake of the beloved. This would be eternal life with God in heaven. Those who have separated themselves from the Church are suffering under the slavery of sin to the extent that they have chosen excommunication. Archbishop Burke, in true charity, has advised the rest of the faithful to avoid the dangers and proximity to sin at St Stanislaus. Would he be a faithful shepherd if he advised us to support those at St Stanislaus in their rebellious efforts? Does true charity, true love, not require him to lead us away from the path of spiritual death and toward the path of eternal life?

Ever notice how "assertive" ex-Catholics are? We also read the following from the same edition:
Wrongful punishment

Why isn't Archbishop Raymond Burke speaking as vehemently about pedophile priests as he is about the dispute with St. Stanislaus? Has an interdict been imposed on the abusive priests? Have they been excommunicated?

This dispute is yet another example of why membership and participation in the Catholic faith has waned. If I were still a practicing Catholic, I would worship at St. Stanislaus, with the Rev. Marek Bozek, who hasn't forgotten what worship is really about.

Cindy Feldhaus
This letter brought to us by another "I did it my way" follower. Of whom? - we do not know, though one can be certain Who it is not.
They've seen worse

The Polish people survived Sept. 1, 1939, and Joseph Stalin. The Polish of St. Stanislaus Parish will survive Archbishop Raymond Burke.

Robert Zangas
But Robert, the real question is how will they fare when they are judged by our Lord...? This is what really matters!
Bah, humbug!

I don't know who is the bigger Scrooge or Grinch: Archbishop Raymond Burke or Tim Dorsey of KTRS.

Pat Sullivan
St. Louis
My money would be on Tim Dorsey...


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