Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gay former archbisop of Milwaukee to release memoirs in June

The memoirs of Archbishop Rembert Weakland, former head of the Milwaukee archdiocese from 1977 to 2002, will hit bookstores in June. A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop will discuss Weakland's career and the sex scandal that led to his resignation in 2002. The archdiocese had secretly paid $450,000 to settle a sexual assault claim made by a man against Weakland in the 1980s. Weakland maintains that he did not assault anyone, but that he did write love letters to the man.

Weakland is accused of developing a habit of secrecy that also led him to concealing clerical child abuse within the archdiocese.

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