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Trial starts over control of Polish parish

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — For years, a predominantly Polish parish in St. Louis has been at odds with the Archdiocese of St. Louis over control of the parish.

Now, a trial to decide the fate of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is beginning.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the trial in St. Louis Circuit Court that starts Monday is expected to last about three weeks.

The church and archdiocese have been in conflict since 2004, when the parish board refused a demand by former Archbishop Raymond Burke to follow the same legal and financial rules as other parishes.

When the board appointed its own pastor, Burke stripped the church of its standing as a Roman Catholic parish.

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Information from: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch,http://stltoday.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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