Skip to comments.Former Catholic head of Milwaukee admits he's gay
Posted on 05/11/2009 7:27:29 PM PDT by traumer
NEW YORK (AP) A Roman Catholic archbishop who resigned in 2002 over a sex and financial scandal involving a man has written a memoir that describes how he struggled with being gay.
Archbishop Rembert Weakland, former head of the Milwaukee archdiocese, "is up front about his homosexuality in a church that preferred to ignore gays," Publisher's Weekly wrote in a review Monday.
The book, "A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop," is set to be released in June and is described by the publisher as a self-examination by Weakland of his "psychological, spiritual and sexual growth."
The Vatican says that men with "deep-seated" attraction to other men should not be ordained.
Weakland stepped down quickly after Paul Marcoux, a former Marquette University theology student, revealed in May 2002 that he was paid $450,000 to settle a sexual assault claim he made against the archbishop more than two decades earlier. The money came from the archdiocese.
Marcoux went public at the height of anger over the clergy sex abuse crisis, when Catholics and others were demanding that dioceses reveal the extent of molestation by clergy and how much had been confidentially spent to settle claims.
Weakland denied ever assaulting anyone. He apologized for concealing the payment.
In an August 1980 letter that was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Weakland said he was in emotional turmoil over Marcoux and signed the letter, "I love you."
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Somewhere along the line he forgot to pray, and spend time before the Blessed Sacrament.
This is hilarious. Did he think that most everyone hadn’t already figured that out. What an emeritus idiotus.
And this sort of thing is exactly why the American bishops were crazy to ignore that rule.
I wonder when the Old POS will admit he’s a Marxist too?
People keep getting this wrong. It's not the "extent of molestation," it's the extent of homosexuality that has been the cause of this problem in the Catholic priesthood. Only when the Catholic leadership openly and honestly acknowledges this will the problem be solved. The percent of homos entering the priesthood to hide and cavort with others like them is unprecedented. It HAS to stop. Any hint of homo tendencies in potential priest candidates should immediately disqualify them.
The more a cleric praises the fruits of Vatican II, the more likely that he is one.
This is hardly a revelation at this point. Pray for this man and for all those to whom he has done harm as shepherd of the Church in Milwaukee.
Bishop Weakland was a very influential figure long before he became a bishop. He was the no. 2 man for the group that created the new/ Ordinary Form of the Mass.
he can probably get transferred to Episcopalians....
Rule #1: No Pooftahs!
In the middle ages homosexuality among the clergy was a capital offense, administered by drawing and quartering.
Ah, the fruits of the Enlightenment!
There’s a special place in hell for priests who cover up molestation. This from a man who admires many good priests, AND I have 12 years of Catholic school behind me. No excuses, he should have resigned before he got started.
Guys like him make it impossible to recruit new Catholics.
Up front?!?! He's lied about it for decades, how does that qualify as up front?
I believe the technical term is "near occasion of sin."
But "no pooftahs!" is close enough for government work.
The only thing you need to know about this asshat is that he had a giant mural of himself painted on the cathedral ceiling - right up there with the prophets.
Just another reason why *all* Roman Catholic priests,not just some,should be allowed to be married.
Does anyone realize that St. Mary's Abbey is on the campus of Delbarton High School! (It actually starts with 7th grade)
A queer fool like this one wouldn't make it past the first month in minor seminary in my current North Dakota Diocese.
Twenty years ago I knew a guy who was in the seminary but quit,he said,mainly because fellow seminarians were hitting on him all the time.I thought he was joking...or delusional.Now I know he wasn't.
That would not solve the problem, which was caused by homosexual and homosexual-sympathizing bishops admitting homosexuals to seminary. Marrying a woman is the farthest thing from their minds.
While some of these guys may well have entered the priesthood thinking it would "cure" their tendencies, most of them joined for the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks.
Care to defend that?
The problem was mostly the awful liberal bishops appointed at the recommendation of Archbishop Jadot. Far too many of the liberal, heterodox bishops were homosexual sympathizers or homosexual themselves.
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He can pray for himself. Hopefully the Archdiocese has a real man for an Archbishop now.
There; fixed it.
He’s not gay, he’s queer. I refuse to allow them to subvert this word again in my presence!
As Rush asked rhetorically today: If a liberal lies and no one reports it as such, is it really a lie?
I guess if you're a homosexual priest and pro-abortion(the saving grace of the new American religion), why, lieing abut it for decades is being "up front" in a queer back-assward sort of way.
The problem was caused by allowing homosexual bishops like Weakland to be in charge of selecting the candidates for ordination. They more or less ran their seminaries as Club Meds for homosexuals. They actively discouraged straight applicants, using homosexual-sympathizing psychiatrists to weed out normal men as "too judgmental" or not "sympathetic enough".
And instead of sacrificing the potential for a wife and family as a sacred discipline, as seminarians are supposed to do, these homosexuals were giving up nothing, but instead indulging their lusts. The exact opposite of what priestly celibacy means.
In conservative, traditional, orthodox dioceses (like ours) the seminaries are full and the Director of Vocations just had to hire a full-time assistant. Young men with a true call understand completely what they are giving up, and why, and I honor them for that.
The problem isn’t that priests can marry, it’s that there are too many fags in positions of power in the Church that it discourages people from entering the priesthood. Get rid of the fags, and you will see more worthy individuals entering the priesthood.
That should be, “The problem isnt that priests can’t marry....”
True enough.But the problem with that is that,today,without the pervs there'd be no applicants at all.Men who are allowed to marry would,I'll wager,apply in substantial numbers.Married priests are our only hope of having *any* non-perv priests in 10 years or so.
Absolutely right, but the media has gone to extreme measures to cloak the abuse scandal in pedophilia rather than blaming old fashioned homosexuals running a muck with the choirboys. They all know it but we live in a world of propaganda, not reality, and nothing negative comes out about the protected class.
BINGO! Glad he was outed, AND OUSTED!
This guy was a media hero when he was speaking out against every thing Reagan did.
We have three seminarians from our parish alone.
Our former parochial vicar, who is a really neat guy and a man's man, is now the archdiocesan director of vocations. He has a full time staff of two, and just hired another priest to help him full time.
We have the Vianney Club for high school boys who are considering a vocation, the 31 Club for laypersons who pray all 31 days of the month for the intentions of our seminarians, and the Alter Christus Society that sponsors our seminarians.
If your diocese embraces "that old-time religion" - authentic, orthodox, enthusiastic, devout Catholicism, you will have no priest shortage. We prove it every day here.
If not, look at the statistics for child abuse among Christian non-Catholic clergy. The numbers should quickly disabuse you of the notion that Catholic celibacy is the problem.
A lack of holiness of applicants and significantly important disorders on the part of those choosing clergy candidates to the seminaries would probably be a good point of examination for you.
I do not wish to be personally critical, but these types of free form spoutings about manifestations of evil really push my button.
Please take the time to become educated about these perverts.
The minions of the Devil, who die unrepentant, and who continue to prey upon the innocent, deserve a special place of suffering in Hell.
My last observation is very much a matter of sorrow for me. I am no more or less a child of God, than Thomas Aquinas or Pol Pot. Each of us must freely choose to do God's will or face the consequences. Too many people choose their own will over that manifested by God.
Not only have they missed Heaven, but they also missed Purgatory, God's ever clear understanding and mercy on humankind.
What brilliant explanation do you have for the behavior of all of these deviants, most of whom are married, you nitwit?
And paid out $450,000 that wasn’t his.
I hear through the ecclesiastical grapevine that it involved threats of physical harm by a very large Irish priest who used to be a heavyweight boxer . . . .
They need to bring in some good Polish priests, they don’t tolerate fags in Poland.
It’s not a surprise there. Everyone knew it anyway. It’s like saying “I lost” after the 4th quarter has been over for a few months.
Define "we".Is it just your diocese...or parish? What's the median age of priests in this country today? Sixty-three? Seventy? And what's it expected to be 10 years from now? Seventy-five? Why is it that I read these days that our local seminary (the only one in Massachusetts,IIRC) has graduating classes consisting of three men? You may be overflowing with applicants in your neck of the woods but I believe the national...and worldwide....picture is *much* more bleak.
It was S.O.P. for the communist government in Poland to accuse priests they wanted to get rid of of homosexual activity. So JPII, being from a quite different culture than that of the liberal, lax church in America, let things go unchecked for far too long because he thought much of it was anti-Catholicism rather than actual misconduct.
Boy,you really know how to carry on a discussion,my brother/sister in Christ.Perhaps you should be asking Our Savior for some humility.Once you do,get back to me and we'll talk.
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