When it comes to news coverage the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church feud with the Archdiocese of St. Louis has been--for the most part-- off the radar screen for the past few years. You may recall the extensive media coverage that began six years ago. Priests were removed. The excommunications. The debates. The lawsuit filed two years ago.
Two weeks ago the members of St. Stans were given the details of a possible resolution with the St. Louis Archdiocese. Father Marek Bozek from St. Stanislaus says under the agreement there would be two separate corporations involved with St. Stans. The first is the corporation that has existed since the 1890's. The other would be a new corporation which would lease the buildings and run parish activities. The priest would be selected by the Archdiocese. A church member said under the agreement the Archdiocese would try to select a Polish priest if possible for the predominantly Polish-American congregation. She said that any legal document with the word "if" in it was not a good document to enter into.
The congregation voted down the proposal.
Some church members say there's room for more discussion. In the meantime the lawsuit will continue to work its way through the courts.