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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 23, 2005

You have to hand it to Rembert G. Weakland, quondam Archbishop of Milwaukee: he always exceeds expectations. I missed his Statement on the Death of his Holiness when it was issued. Even had it come from the pen of St. John Fisher it would be insufferably condescending. Given its real authorship ... words fail me.

Undoubtedly Pope John Paul II will go down in history as one of the most significant figures of our day. His long pontificate demonstrated an interest in the whole world and coincided with so many movements in society that were dear to him and about which he had much to say. He certainly forced the Catholic Church into becoming a global institution through his world vision and many trips. He also will be remembered for his position of support for the forces that ultimately led to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. His texts on social justice will be quoted for many generations. He has left his mark on both Church and World and has assured himself of a position in world history.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 23, 2005 5:30 PM ET USA

    Yes, Abp.Weakland's outrageous/sinful behavior & comments are in the same camp as the scandalous/immoral/infamous behavior of Bill Clinton. In the case of his excellency, he actually knew what he was saying & doing during his time as archbishop of Milwaukee. He knew what he was trying to do when he spoke/wrote against the Holy Father (comments the NYT & others readily published). He knew/knows that his gay lifestyle was/is sinful/wrong. May he repent, publicly. May God have mercy on his soul.

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2005 2:42 PM ET USA

    While on the subject of gratuitous condescension from a laughable source, let us not forget Bill Clinton's assessment of John Pual II's reign as being " a mixed legacy". This from a man who will be remembered as a liar. Among other, more colorful accomplishments.

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2005 12:34 PM ET USA

    Ditto to Ignacio's comment. Someone in that situation should lay very low -- perhaps in a hermitage -- not have a web site.

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2005 9:51 AM ET USA

    As great a Pope as JPII was, I had always thought that the initial charge to the Apostles, and one they and their successors carried out as speedily as possible sans automobiles and jet planes was the globalization of Christianity. Alas, I also believe that the least quoted of his texts will be those on social justice as, not being an economist and writing mostly in these texts about economics, he was out of his league. Christ never charged goverment to tax the world and redistribute it.

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2005 9:01 AM ET USA

    "His own eventual passing will be little noted nor long remembered" --jchrysostom. My very words! None of the contemporary apostate bishops, Weakland, Gumbleton, now Steib, etc., will be remembered. Until the publication of this statement, I had forgotten all about His Excellency. Best to remember the Lord when he says, "Man, thou are dust and to dust thou shalt return!" So it is with those living who have prematurely made themselves dust.

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2005 9:00 AM ET USA

    Not a word about the Lord's providence or the work of His grace? What about the Holy Father's other works? Will they be quoted, even though they may not be concerned with social justice per se?

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 23, 2005 8:32 AM ET USA

    I find it interesting that somebody keeps a web page on Weakland running. For some there is no shame.

  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2005 7:39 AM ET USA

    Undoubtedly most (95% of the population) missed Weakland's fatuous statement, which just as undoubtedly brought expressions of mirth from his many homosexual friends, particularly his ... paid companions. Weakland's own long moral decline coincided with so many Rainbow Sash Movements, about which he had much to say and do. He certainly forced the Archdiocese of Milwaukee into becoming a pauperized institution. His own eventual passing will be little noted nor long remembered.

  • Posted by: Andy K - May. 23, 2005 7:28 AM ET USA

    OK, all history, no spirituality. Jeez, and here we youth are tripping over ourselves to go to John Paul II's grave. It isn't for the history that we do this.