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Folks, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

April 7th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

Church of the Transfiguration regularly publishes book recommendations and reviews in both their bulletins and on their Web site. The literature they recommend tends to be left-leaning, as one would expect from this parish. This latest book recommendation, however, is one which never should have been made. Ever. This week, Church of the Transfiguration has recommended that its parishioners read “A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church” by the notorious retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland (seen above). In case one has forgotten, Weakland’s reign as Archbishop of Milwaukee was plagued with various sex scandals, from the protection of child abusing clergy, to his alleged relationship with a gay lover. Weakland is also a known dissident and church wreckovator. To summarize, he is one of the worst bishops this country has ever seen. I don’t believe that’s a hyperbole…

Anyways, here is Transfiguration’s book recommendation (can’t stress that word enough — they recommended that their parishioners read this man’s tripe) listed under a subheading entitled “Christian Formation”:

Transfiguration has an even more extensive review of the book online. In it, he is called one of the “wisest” bishops in the United States. A most laughable statement.



14 Responses to “Folks, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    Dan Brent was diocesan supt of schools in 70's. I would trust his recommendations and at least check out the book.

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    Hopefully, with the aid of the holy Spirit, there will be little interest in this trash.

  3. avatar Gen says:

    Grandma – Bishop Weakland had a gay affair AS BISHOP, stole parish funds to bribe his lover, and consistently lied about the whole thing until it was convenient enough to turn a profit from this sin.

    When you go to Mass, you shouldn't have to ask yourself "is my bishop a sodomite?" That's one thing for which I am immensely grateful for in Rochester – we weren't absolutely crippled by the abuse scandals as were some other dioceses.

  4. avatar Anonymous says:

    Grandma, unless he's recommending this book as "what one should not do", it's a terrible recommendation.

    All of his book recommendations for that matter have been awful.

  5. avatar Dr. K says:

    Grandma, his credibility goes out the window when he called Arch. Weakland one of the "wisest" bishops in the United States early in his review. Wise bishops don't cover up sex scandals and [allegedly] engage in secret relationships after making a promise of celibacy.

    ~Dr. K

  6. avatar Louis E. says:

    Didn't Weakland publicly admit the relationship and embezzled hush money ($450,000 of diocesan funds he lied about having paid back)?…why "alleged"?

  7. avatar Matt says:

    Goodness me, this shouldn't come as a surprise but…SERIOUSLY?! It seems, unfortunately, that you can't fix stupid…

  8. avatar Gen says:

    Louis E – yes, I believe it's in that book. I read small portions one time when I saw it at Barnes and Noble, and it was revolting.

  9. avatar Dr. K says:

    Gen, so you wouldn't recommend that anyone read of it unless they want to do an act of penance? 🙂

    ~Dr. K

  10. avatar Gen says:

    It's disgusting, vile, sinful, and just plain wicked. The only way I would willingly peruse its pages again is if I had to select books to be consigned to the eternal flames of Hell.

    To put it mildly . . .

  11. avatar Anonymous says:

    As like Fr. Charles Currin, these sad souls will ALWAYS be welcomed into the DOR as priests of good standing, no matter what kind of trash they espouse or perform.

    I also wonder about the clientel that goes to that church. Are they clueless as to what the archbishop has done?

    It seems to me that the management at that parish has adopted the notion, "Being actively gay in the Church is OK".

  12. avatar Anonymous says:

    I see what you all mean. The book won't be reading for me!

  13. avatar Mike says:

    Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence published a great review of this book in his diocesan newspaper last August. His last paragraph reads,

    Without a doubt the Archbishop?s pilgrimage has been perplexing; it?s taken a lot of twists and turns along the way. Nonetheless, there?s much the rest of us pilgrims can learn from his travels including this: that whenever a pilgrim wanders off the track and away from the group, he runs the risk of getting hurt or lost, and in so doing, impedes the pilgrimage, and diminishes the peace and joy of his fellow travelers (my emphasis).

    Full review here.


    BTW, my verification word is winapie. Make mine key lime, please.

  14. avatar Kelly says:

    This entry should stand alone it is so offensive. (Not to take away from other offensive news, but this is just so blatantly heretical)

    I'm thinking of making a new entry on my own blog to update my readers on the craziness that has so deeply permeated into the DOR. I was expecting a recommendation of the Oprah-esque 'The Shack' but this is another heresy altogether.

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