1336 K Fri 24 May 2002
On Wednesday night in my Liturgy class we were given a copy
of an article by Archbishop Rembert Weakland "The right
road for the liturgy" in The Tablet in February 2002. One
of his points was that
... Recent decisions by the Congregation for Worship and the
Discipline of the Sacraments evoke a new reflection on the restoration
movement in liturgy. ...
Today www.cathtelecom.com mention Archbishop Weakland in reviewing
the site www.webelieve.cc
... It reproduces comments from US Archbishop Weakland regretting
that the desire for better liturgy has 'taken a highly polemical
and potentially divisive turn' ...
It is surprising that they mention him in this context when
there is a much bigger story about him in today's news. Reuters
reports that he has acknowledge he made a financial settlement
with a man who accused him of forcing himself on him sexually.
The man, Paul Marcoux, says it happened in 1979 and that he was
paid $450 000.
Archbishop Weakland's statement is on the Milwaukee
Archdiocese web site:
I have never abused anyone. I have not seen Paul Marcoux for
more than 20 years. When I first met him here in Milwaukee, he
was a man in his early thirties. Paul Marcoux has made reference
to a settlement agreement between us. Because I accept the agreement's
confidentiality provision, I will make no comment about its contents.
Because I have financial responsibility for the well being of
the archdiocese, I want to let the people of the archdiocese
know that through my 25 years as bishop, I have handed over to
the archdiocese money obtained by my lectures and writings, together
with other honoraria. Cumulatively, those monies far exceed any
Given the climate in today's world where the Church must regain
its credibility, this situation would be an added and continuing
distraction from that goal. I do not want to be an obstacle to
that search on the part of the Church, which I will continue
to love with all my heart and which I have served to the best
of my abilities for these fifty-one years.
As required by Church law, I submitted my resignation as archbishop
to the Holy Father on my 75th birthday on April 2nd. I have now
asked the Vatican to accelerate its acceptance. I ask for prayers
Reuters described Archbishop Weakland as a "leading liberal
in the church". He received considerable support for his
position on the Milwaukee
Cathedral in July 2001 (EWTN report).
I find today's revelations particularly unsettling.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 24 May 2002.