It’s highly unusual to publicly remember, upon his death, a friend as “deeply sinful” and guilty of many “sins and crimes,” but Archbishop Rembert Weakland, a Benedictine and archbishop emeritus of Milwaukee, was a highly unusual man.
He did enormous damage to the Church he served, first as abbot primate of the worldwide Benedictine order (1967-1977) and then as archbishop of Milwaukee (1977-2002).
The man known as America’s most liberal bishop regularly received the laudations of the liberal media. The scholar and gifted musician was showered with honorary degrees and was the great hope for all those who wished the Catholic Church to adopt a version of liberal Protestantism. His spirit lives on, for example, in Germany’s “Synodal Way.” …
Family watching television, c. 1958. National Archives and Records Administration. Evert F. Baumgardner. Images of American Political History. Posting online by Dr. William J. Ball. All images are believed to be in the public domain.