Thursday, July 25, 2013

Media miss major point in Milwaukee abuse story

During the years when reports of clerical sexual abuse were crossing the desk of the former archbishop of Milwaukee, Rembert Weakland, OSB – who resigned his post after revelations of his own homosexual predations and a payoff were publicly exposed in May 2002 – was pushing explicit sex education and pro-homosexual programs in his archdiocese.

One of the striking revelations in the 6,000 pages of documentation released July 1 by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is that the majority of complaints against offending priests – both current and those of a historical nature dating back decades – landed on Archbishop Weakland's desk between 1979 and 1990.

Indeed, 29 of the 42 complaints of sexual abuse by archdiocesan priests that led to the archdiocese filing for bankruptcy in federal court were reported to Weakland in that period.

The first such report to reach Weakland, in April 1979, concerned Fr. William Effinger, from the father of a minor male who accused Effinger of molesting his son. Later, in the "summer of 1979," Weakland recounted in his autobiography, A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church, he "had accepted my homosexual orientation," and begun his infatuation with Paul Marcoux, which led to Marcoux's charge of "date rape" and a $450,000 settlement, paid by the archdiocese.
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6 comments:

  1. One question that still needs to be answered, is who in Rome was protetcing Weakland during these years? I want to believe that Pope John Paul II was ignorant of so many of these facts. One the other hand if he knew, should he be made a saint?

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    1. I had the honor of meeting privately with the late Cardinal Oddi back in the late 1980s in Rome. I assure you: John Paul II was aware of Weakland's "problem".

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  2. One pertainent truth that should also be mentioned (but rarely is) is that that $450,000 was reimbused to the Archdiocese by friends of Archbp Weakland

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    1. Most interesting. Can you provide the details please?

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  3. JPII should not be named a saint. The pederasty scandals and decline of the Church from Baptisms to Sunday Mass goers was appalling during his reign. Others have pointed out that the failed policies of the "Conciliar Church" were well apparent when he assumed the papacy in 1978. At that point, he could have changed course, but he didn't and the Church is worse off for it and probably at the point where reform is humanly impossible.

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  4. http://theeye-witness.blogspot.com/2013/07/despair-and-rembert-weakland.html This goes into the matter more deeply.

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