Remember that breakaway Polish national parish, the one that defied a few archbishops, hired its own priest, and eventually won in court? Now they’re looking for a bishop. Maybe John was posting partly in jest when he suggested that Scottish Catholics go looking for a Roman ordinariate from Episcopal bishops. Apparently, the offer is on the table in St Louis; this from George Wayne Smith, Episcopal Bishop of Missouri :
I know that given St. Stanislaus’ rich heritage, the ability to retain their cherished Polish identity, along with practices and rites are surely an important matter. Alternately of course, St. Stanislaus could also choose any or all the liturgies available to the Episcopal Church.
From the pastor, Marek Bozek:
One cannot be a Catholic without having a bishop. It is my hope that by the time this process is completed, we, St. Stanislaus Parish, will have a caring and wise bishop and that we will be a part of a diocese.
The “process” he’s speaking of involves meetings and discernment with a few Catholic groups who have bishops.
From the Roman Catholic chancery:
The congregation of St. Stanislaus has not been Roman Catholic for some time. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has no comment on the internal affairs of another church.
Note that Angela Shelton, archdiocesan spokesperson, didn’t call St Stanislaus an “ecclesial community.”