Patricia Darek lets out a small cheer as she talks with the Rev. Marek Bozek following a celebratory Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in St. Louis, after a judge ruled in the church's favor in a decade-long dispute between the historic Polish church and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Breakaway parish mulls joining the Episcopalians

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Missouri Episcopal Bishop George Wayne Smith said the independent-minded St. Stanislaus Kostka Church may be “coming into union” with his diocese. Under such an arrangement, Smith said, the historically Polish church would have the flexibility to retain its own rites.


Gay Catholic priest comes out to an uncertain future

ST. LOUIS (RNS) “I have tried over the years to reconcile my silence as a gay priest with that of the Church’s increasingly anti-gay stance. I have been unsuccessful,” the Rev. Gary Meier writes in his book “Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest.”

Marty Scrima, (left) and Jim Wedick, members of the Holy Infant Catholic Church evangelization team, work the New Ballwin Estates subdivision in Ellisville on Saturday, April 20, 2013, going door to door, re-welcoming registered members to restart an active membership at the church and taking suggestions on how to make worship better. Photo by Christian Gooden / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Catholics try their hand at old-fashioned evangelism

SHREWSBURY, Mo. (RNS) About 125 Catholics packed a basement conference room — most of them lay people, many of them older. They gathered to learn how to spread the faith, a concept that is both fundamental to Christianity and nearly foreign to modern Roman Catholics.

RNS photo by Tim Townsend/St.Louis Post-Dispatch,

Fate of accused abusive pastor in the hands of his flock

STOVER, Mo. (RNS) In any denomination, Christians confronted with the shocking news that a pastor has been accused of sexual misconduct, many congregations circle the wagons. But what happens when those circling the wagons around their pastor are also those who have to make the ultimate decision about his fate — his career, his paycheck, his reputation? By Tim Townsend.