The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest’s Ordinations by Archbishop Burke in Florence, Italy

On Thursday, July 3rd, 2008, two members of the Institute received the Holy Order of the Priesthood from the hands of the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, newly appointed Prefect of the Apostolic Signature.  The ordinands were Abbé Henry Fragelli, USA, and Abbé François-Xavier de Dainville, France.  The splendid ceremony took place at the Chiesa dei Santi Michele e Gaetano (Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano) in Florence. Later that day, members of the Institute received a special visit at the motherhouse in Gricigliano: His Eminence Silvano Cardinal Piovanelli, Archbishop Emeritus of Florence, who first welcomed the Institute in the Archdiocese of Florence eighteen years ago, in 1990.

Archbishop Burke to ordain nine to priesthood after making vocations “top priority”

.- Archbishop of St. Louis Raymond L. Burke will ordain nine men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Saturday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

It is the largest ordination class for the archdiocese since 1987.

Some credit Archbishop Burke for the boom in seminarians.  A frequent visitor to the seminary, the archbishop sometimes drops by unannounced for lunches with the students.

“He’s the center and the core of this whole thing,” archdiocesan vocations director Rev. Michael Butler said to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Archbishop Burke explained that he decided vocations would be one of his priorities. 

“A bishop’s principal responsibility is to provide priests for the people in his pastoral care,” the archbishop said in an interview last week from Rome. “Ordinations have to be absolutely right at the top of my priorities.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that Archbishop Burke has a habit of inviting each student at the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for a walk near his residence.  “The walks,” as the seminarians call them, are opportunities for the young men to have heart-to-heart talks with their archbishop. 

Seminary officials organize the walks using time sheets.  When new sheets are posted, seminarians rush to sign up.

“It’s like when you throw pellets at the Japanese fish at the Botanical Gardens,” said ordinand Edward Nemeth, 26. “Guys falling over each other to get their names on the list.”

There are more than 100 men enrolled at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, more than half of whom are studying to be priests for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  Monsignor Ted Wojcicki, president of the seminary, said he hopes to enroll 120 students next year.

All of the ordinands have earned master of divinity degrees and master of arts degrees in theology from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Archbishop Burke Proves Lightning Strikes Twice in the Same Place!


Play it again Sam! 


Yes, it’s true. Yet another decree of excommunication was published in the St. Louis Review today. This time it is a decree against Stanley Rozanski and Bronsalaa (Bernice) Krauze, members of the Board of the Polish St. Stanislaus Kostka Corporation. For some reason that I cannot fathom, it does not yet appear on the Review’s website. Therefore, I will try to summarize and publish excerpts from the decree for the benefit of readers. In censure and content, it is similar to the decree issued concerning the “womenpriests” as it relates to the schism finding.The Archbishop begins by recalling that the members of the Board of Directors other than Rozanski and Krauze had incurred excommunication, latae sententiae, “by reason of having committed the canonical crime of schism on December 15, 2005” (this was after the hiring of Fr. Bozek and before the suppression of the parish on December 29, 2005).Echoing his findings with regard to the “Roman Catholic Womenpriest” organization, the Archbishop finds that since the date of suppression as a Catholic parish in 2005, “the entity of the Polish St. Stanislaus Kostka Corporation has never been and is not now a part of the Roman Catholic Church but instead is a sect and will remain so for as long as it willfully exists separated from full communion with the Vicar of Christ and the fold of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, loyally subject to him.”The Archbishop further noted that Rozanski received a canonical admonition on July 31, 2007, warning him of his obligation to resign from the Board, and not to present himself as a candidate for further election.

Despite this, Mr. Rozanski and Mrs. Krauze presented themselves for election, and were elected to the Board on August 12, 2007. According to the decree, “Mr. Rozanski and Mrs. Krauze took sacrilegious oaths of office to be directors of said sect”, and have continued to act as directors since that time.

The Archbishop further noted that the two had received three canonical admonitions and summonses since September 2007, and have three times failed to appear as directed.

Therefore, the Archbishop found that both Rozanski and Krauze are guilty of the canonical crime of schism (can. 751), and he has declared them to have incurred the censure of excommunication, latae sententiae (can 1364, sec. 1); they are no longer Catholics in good standing and they are forbidden, as in the case of the womenpriests, to receive Holy Communion and the other sacraments, including absolution, until they have publicly repented and made amends for their crime.

The decree is

Archbishop Burke has issued the following statement

Statement Regarding New Members of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation Board

As Archbishop of St. Louis, it is my responsibility to safeguard the unity of the Catholic Church and protect the souls of the faithful.

I have communicated with both Mr. Rozanski and Ms. Krauze that the Board of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Corporation is in schism, the parish had been suppressed, and that if they joined the board, they would be knowingly joining a sect that held and professed views outside the communion of the Catholic Church. Because they joined the board knowing this information, they excommunicated themselves from the Catholic Church. Church law requires me to publicly declare the excommunication.

The situation of Mr. Rozanski and Ms. Krause is sad for the whole Church. It is cause of great concern for me as archbishop. Please join me in praying that both will be reconciled with the Church and that the great harm which has been caused to the Church, with the help of God’s grace, will be healed.

Archbishop Issues Decree: Fr. Bozek Found Guilty of Simony and Other Serious Ecclesiastical Crimes; Sanctions Imposed


Decree of Extra-Judicial Adjudication

In the Matter of the Reverend Marek Boguslaw Bozek

Whereas I have diligently examined and considered all and each of the indications [indicia] and proofs, which have been assembled and certified in the acts of the case in question, and which have been lawfully presented before me in the extra-judicial penal process held regarding the Reverend Marek Boguslaw Bozek of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Corporation, domiciled at 1413 North Twentieth Street in the City of Saint Louis, with the postal code of 63106-3256, who has been accused of having committed the following canonical delicts:

1) Protracted contumacy in schism (cf. can. 1364, s.2);

2) Pertinacious rejection of the Church’s doctrine, referenced in can. 750, s.2, infallibly set forth, that women cannot validly receive the Sacrament of Ordination to the Priesthood; and refusal to retract the rejection of Church doctrine after due admonition by myself as Ordinary (cf. can. 1371, para. 1);

3) Simony (cf. can. 1380);

4) Prohibited participation in sacred rites [communicatio in sacris] (cf. can. 1365);

5) Simulation of the administration of a sacrament, apart from the cases treated in can. 1378 (cf. can. 1379);

6) Usurpation of an ecclesiastical office (cf. can. 1381, s.1);

7) Illegitimate exercise of the priestly ministry (cf. can. 1384);

8) The external violation of divine or canon law, which because of its special gravity demands punishment, and which is coupled with the urgent need to prevent and repair scandal (cf. can. 1399); and

9) Public incitement of the subjects of the Apostolic See or an Ordinary to animosity or hatred toward the Apostolic See or an Ordinary because of some act of ecclesiastical power or ministry, and the provoking of the same subjects to disobedience against the Apostolic See or an Ordinary (cf. can. 1373).

Therefore, after having weighed all of the proofs and the arguments with two assessors (cf. can. 1720, s. 2), with only God before my eyes, I, by this my definitive sentence, consigned to writing, declare and pronounce, by my lawful exercise of jurisdiction, the quality and preponderance of the proofs, which are extant in the acts of the case, and with moral certitude (cf. can. 1608, s.1), that the Reverend Marek Boguslaw Bozek is guilty of having committed all of the delicts in nos. 2 through 9 above. Furthermore, by this my definitive sentence, I declare that the same delicts are fully imputable to the Reverend Bozek by reason of malice (cf. can. 1321, ss. 1-3), without exempting or mitigating circumstances (cf. cann. 1323-1324), within the time limits established by the Code of Canon Law, concerning both criminal (cf. can. 1362, ss. 1-2) and penal (cf. cann. 1363, ss. 1-2; and 1720, para. 3) actions, and, therefore, are fully punishable.

Wherefore, with respect to the same Reverend Bozek, I declare and pronounce the following:

Firstly, with respect to the accusation that he has committed the delict of protracted contumacy in schism (cf. can. 1364, s. 2), I hereby decree and provide that said accusation against the Reverend Bozek be remanded to be heard and decided immediately, not by means of an extra-judicial penal process and decree, but by means of the ordinary judicial penal process, so that the expiatory penalty of dismissal from the clerical state may be considered (cf. cann. 1336, s.1, para. 4; 1425, s.1, para. 2; and 1364, s.2). The Promoter of Justice of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis is hereby ordered to present to the Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Tribunal, as soon as is possible, the libellus of accusation against the Reverend Bozek for the commission of the delict of protracted contumacy in schism.

Secondly, that, because the Reverend Bozek has been found guilty of the most grave delict of simony, a crime committed against the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:18), any convention, lease, contract, quasi-contract, hiring, loan, or other agreement, even if only tacit or evidenced from circumstances, by which any monetary increase, benefit, assumption of debt, pension, insurance, legal service, or temporal advantage has been or will be provided in compensation for or in recognition of the celebration of a Sacrament by the Reverend Bozek is hereby declared to be null, utterly void, and unenforceable because it is contrary to Divine Law and the sacred canons (cf. cann. 1290; and 1333, s. 4; Codex Iuris Canonici Pio-Benedictinus, cann. 727-729; and Decree of the Holy Office, 2 March 1679, n. 45 [DS, n. 2145]). Any baptized Catholic who is party to, directs, engages in, votes for, or authorizes the creation or execution of any of the aforementioned simoniacal conduct commits that most abhorrent sin against the Holy Spirit and is, thereby, deprived of good standing in the Catholic Church and imperils the eternal salvation of his soul.

Thirdly, by reason of having committed all of the eight delicts indicated in nos. 2 through 9 above, the Reverend Bozek is to be punished by the imposition of the following penalties:

1) The mandatory penalty of a ferendae sententiae interdict;

2) The just ferendae sententiae penalty of restitution of all monies and material benefits, received by the Reverend Bozek, to their baptized and non-baptized contributors alike, as a result of the nullity, in both Divine and Canon Law, of any of the above-mentioned types of convention, which is claimed to exist between the Reverend Bozek and the St. Stanislaus Kostka Corporation, or any other juridical or physical person, or third party.

Fourthly, and finally, for having attempted to concelebrate the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist with individuals not possessing valid Holy Orders or Apostolic Succession, the Reverend Bozek is hereby denounced to the Holy See, so that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith may exercise its reserved jurisdiction over the apparent commission of this added crime.

Wherefore, the Reverend Bozek is hereby notified that, if he desires to file recourse against this decree, he is required, for validity, to submit a petition to the undersigned for the revocation or revision of the same decree and sentence, within ten useful days from publication of this same decree (cf. can. 1734, ss. 1-2).

So that all may know the contents of the present canonical decree, I order that this decree be published in the next edition of the St. Louis Review, which official publication of the Archbishop of Saint Louis, in accord with the particular legislation issued at Saint Louis, on the ninth day of November in the Year of the Lord 20078, constitutes notification by edict and execution of this my definitive Decree and Sentence.

Issued and read, at Saint Louis, on the fifth day of March in the Year of the Lord 2008.


(Most. Rev.) Raymond L. Burke
Archbishop of St. Louis
(Rev. Msgr.) Henry J. Breier

Archbishop Burke seeks disciplinary action against rebel priest


St. Louis , Mar. 5, 2008 ( – Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has announced that he will pursue the laicization of a priest who now heads a breakaway Polish parish.

The announcement on March 5 after Father Marek Bozek refused to attend a scheduled midday meeting. The archbishop had summoned Father Bozek to answer complaints about his unauthorized activity at St. Stanislaus Church. The priest’s refusal to attend the meeting was a “further act of contempt for the requirements of communion with the Church,” the archbishop said.

Father Bozek, a priest of the neighboring Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese, came to St. Stanislaus parish without ecclesiastical approval after the lay board of that parish had broken with the St. Louis archdiocese. Archbishop Burke, after trying without success to bring the parish into line with archdiocesan policies, announcement the excommunication of the lay board and of Father Bozek.

Since his arrival at the rebellious parish, Father Bozek has caused further concern in the archdiocese by participating in a ceremony in which two women claimed ordination as Catholic priests. Archbishop Burke says that he wanted to meet with the priest because of his ” deep pastoral concern for him and the faithful whom he is leading away from the Church.”

Father Bozek, however, called a press conference just before the scheduled March 5 meeting to announce that he would not speak with the archbishop. “I will not subject myself any longer to this process, which does not even attempt to appear fair,” he said.