A reappraisal of Archbishop Rembert Weakland

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“Weakland’s personal issues came to light in May 2002, when he paid off a male lover on the advice of legal counsel. Weakland also came out of the closet. And we learned that he followed established protocol of moving sexually abusive priests to other parishes once a psychological exam was completed. He acknowledged that he, like many of his brethren, was wrong to do so and asked for forgiveness. Many have concluded that there will never be, nor can there be, closure for those who have been abused by a priest regardless of compensation, apologies and pleas for forgiveness. And maybe that’s the church’s cross to bear.” http://archive.jsonline.com/news/opinion/a-reappraisal-of-archbishop-rembert-weakland-b99310652z1-267666761.html/

Where Is The Accountability?

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So there are some courageous Bishops standing up but it seems largely this has fallen on deaf ears or at least very guilty ears. Wuerl still a Cardinal and still in office. Weakland still as bishop. McCarrick still an Archbishop. Mahoney still a Cardinal. If you are a priest and almost any diocese and an accusation is made against you, you will probably never see the light of day again, guilty or not guilty. How many of these prelates have committed crimes and are allowed to walk away Scott free?