Weakland honored with bronze statue, depicted as 'protector of children'
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First, it's cool Milwaukee's in the news.  It's not cool it's because it's about Weakland.

Now, before everyone freaks out, consider the source - SNAP - Survivors Network of Abused Priests, or something like that. 

Next, it is not a NEW PLAQUE/BRONZE of Abp. Weakland - it is from the wreckovation of the Cathedral in Milwaukee, if I'm reading the report right. 
http://www.stjohncathedral.org/tour/marymother.htm
AKA, this plaque is going on EIGHT YEARS OLD.  Like I said, SNAP is freaking out... because they need the press.  Consider the source, and why they are doing it.  EIGHT YEAR OLD PLAQUE. 

In addition to that, Weakland is speaking at "The 7th National Cathedral Ministry Conference".  Since it's at Milwaukee, it makes sense to have the wreckovator of our Cathedral speak.
http://www.cathedralministry.org/keynotes10.htm

Another news source:
http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-100105-...6976.story
Quote: WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE - A statue and visit by a controversial former religious leader in Milwaukee are causing quite a stir. The former Archbishop Rembert Weakland is the focus of new criticism.

"I couldn't believe it. That this was a practical joke that this was someone joking about this.", says SNAP Rep Peter Isley. The joke Isley is talking about is this statue. It has an image of former Archbishop Rembert Weakland.

Isley, a member of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests(SNAP), says Weakland's image should not be the Cathedral of St. John. The statue, as well as a bust of Weakland stands in the Cathedral of St. John. Weakland left his position in 2002 after admitting to a sexual relationship with a seminary student decades earlier. Isley says,"this is an individual responsible for transferring, concealing and moving dozens of priests who sexually assaulted raped young children and immortalized himself in bronze."

Isley wants Milwaukee's newest Archbishop, Jerome Listecki, to respond. Isley says, "This is an altar that people kneel to."

Weakland himself will be back at St. John Tuesday speaking to 80 others in the Catholic ministry, sharing expertise about Cathedral renovations.

FOX 6 asked Archbishop Weakland if he would give a reflection as to his mindset at the time of the renovation that motivated the renovation of the cathedral. As for the statues, Father Carl says Weakland's image represents the head of the local archdiocese at the time. Father Carl says, "I don't see a need to modify it. I think I've explained the intent of it and the focus of it. If some individual wants to say he doesn't see it that way it's his problem."

The meeting regarding cathedral renovations is not open to the public, and is being hosted at the Cathedral of St. John. The meeting is not being run by the Catholic Archdiocese.

In a statement released by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon, it says they are working towards healing and resolution with victims.
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So, yeah.  Eight year old news topic.  While there are numerous reasons to trash Abp. Weakland and his reign of terror in the Archdiocese, this is a minor, and imho, insignificant reason.

Also, please pray for the Milwaukee Archdiocese, if you haven't. 
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The only think missing is Barberini bees.
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#13
Ack!  I hate the media.  Thanks for setting the record straight, CC.

Still, those things should be torn down or at least Weakland chiseled out of them.  It was pompous of him 8 years ago to put his face on there, and given his history, just offensive.

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(01-08-2010, 12:51 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: Ack!  I hate the media.  Thanks for setting the record straight, CC.

Still, those things should be torn down or at least Weakland chiseled out of them.  It was pompous of him 8 years ago to put his face on there, and given his history, just offensive.

Oh, most DEFINITELY so true.  I think Abp. Listecki needs to remove any and all trace of Weakland's likeness and name from all Archdiocesan property.

But this "news story" is ooooollllllldddd.  And used by SNAP to get their names back in the paper.  I'm shocked Sykes picked it up and ran with it.  Typically he's smarter than that....  Oh well.  (Charlie Sykes is a Milwaukee-area conservative talk radio show host).
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Good point, mike6240.  That was my thought, too as I was reading this.  I can't recall a saint in the history of the Church that ever sought, or allowed, for that matter, to put up a statue of him/herself flanked by saints and the BVM, which makes this story even more unbelievable!  The conciliar church is chock full of prelates that seek to promote themselves over the truth.  It's bad enough that the man is being honored, and worse that the diocese is putting up a statue of him?!!!  Unfriggin'believable!
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(01-08-2010, 04:24 PM)Flumen Wrote: Good point, mike6240.  That was my thought, too as I was reading this.  I can't recall a saint in the history of the Church that ever sought, or allowed, for that matter, to put up a statue of him/herself flanked by saints and the BVM, which makes this story even more unbelievable!  The conciliar church is chock full of prelates that seek to promote themselves over the truth.  It's bad enough that the man is being honored, and worse that the diocese is putting up a statue of him?!!!  Unfriggin'believable!

Firstly, his desire to show the "contemporary" side of images of the Blessed Mother and such is ridiculous but at least somewhat logical in a backwards way.  But why in the world, out of all the contemporary figures, would he choose himself and think that he's not going to come off as a narcissistic a-hole?
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