St. Stanislaus and Archdiocese Come to Terms

Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun,

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The decade-long feud between St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and the Archdiocese of St. Louis ended Wednesday.

The cease-fire shuts a legal battle over ownership of church assets which began in 2008. Last year, a St. Louis Circuit Court judge ruled that St. Stanislaus can continue to own its property and assets.

“It’s a big relief,” Fr. Marek Bozek of St. Stanislaus told KMOX News. “We feel that we did not initiate the war – that we are the victims of this battle – but it’s over now and we can take a deep breath and move on.”

No exchange of money was part of the agreement. The Archdiocese agreed to dismiss its appeal and St. Stanislaus promises not to portray itself as part of the Roman Catholic Church.

All other terms of the resolution are to remain confidential, according to a written statement.

“It changes nothing in the way we live and the way we pray,” Fr. Bozek said of the church’s affirmed independence.

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