Thursday, May 14, 2009

A blast from the past

In the spring of 2002, as the scandal over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests was escalating, the long career of Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee, one of the church’s most venerable voices for change, went up in flames one May morning.

There, on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the archbishop watched a man he had fallen in love with 23 years earlier say in an interview that the Milwaukee archdiocese paid him $450,000 years before to keep quiet about his affair with the archbishop — an affair the man was now calling date rape.

The next day, the Vatican accepted Archbishop Weakland’s retirement.

Archbishop Weakland, who had been the intellectual touchstone for church reformers, has said little publicly since then. But now, in an interview and in a memoir scheduled for release next month, he is speaking out about how internal church politics affected his response to the fallout from his romantic affair; how bishops and the Vatican cared more about the rights of abusive priests than about their victims; and why Catholic teaching on homosexuality is wrong.

Read the rest here.

I won't say that the heretics like Weakland and the rest of the lavender mafia / modernist crowd are why I left the Roman Church for Orthodoxy. That would be untrue. But I will say that they certainly did not make my decision any more difficult.

Why is this man not an Episcopalian?

1 comment:

Joseph said...

I read that Weakland was one of the main proponents of "contemporary music" at Mass. He destroyed the musical patrimony of the Roman church in America.

I was under the impression that homosexuals had a more refined aesthetic taste.

His outing therefore shames all homosexual men far more than the Roman episcopate.

What a ogre, and how we have suffered because of him. "One Bread, One Body, One Lord of all . . . "