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Rembert G. Weakland
(April 2, 1927 - living) U.S.A.

Rembert Weakland

Catholic archbishop of Milwaukee


Rembert G. Weakland was born in Patton, Pennsylvania, one of the six children of Basil and Mary Kane Weakland. He graduated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help parochial school in Patton, and his high school, college, and philosophical studies were done in Latrobe, Pa., at St. Vincent Preparatory School, St. Vincent College, and St. Vincent Seminary, respectively.

He entered the Religious Life as a Benedictine novice at St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe in 1945 and was solemnly professed at Solesmes Abbey in France. His theological studies for the Priesthood were done at the International Benedictine College of Sant'Anselmo in Rome, Italy, and at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe.

He was ordained to the Priesthood on June 24, 1951. He was elected Coadjutor Archabbot of St. Vincent Archabbey on June 26, 1963. He was elected Abbot Primate of the International Benedictine Confederation on September 29, 1967. He was appointed Archbishop of Milwaukee by Pope Paul VI on September 20, 1977.

Considered by some to be one of the more liberal and reform-minded Catholic bishops, and former world leader of the Benedictine order for a decade before moving to Milwaukee, Weakland started an innovative program about 12 years ago that provided support for priest abuse victims and treatment for offenders.

He resigned his postion as archbishop in 2002 after it was discovered that he paid $450,000 in hush money to buy the silence of former Marquette University theology student Paul Marcoux:

"The alleged ex-lover, Paul Macoux, is calling his decades-old encounter with Weakland 'sexual abuse', but from what we know now, that's not the case.

Marcoux, 54, was at least in his late 20s when he began a relationship with Weakland, and from an 11-page, handwritten 1980 'Dear Paul' letter Weakland wrote to Macoux, it appears that the archbishop and his paramour had a consensual relationship, one that Weakland ended when he decided to begin honoring his vow of celibacy.

The letter reveals Weakland, archbishop of Milwaukee since 1977, to have been in 'deep love' with Marcoux, who comes off as a manipulative grifter who looked to the archbishop, 21 years his senior, as a sugar daddy."


Source: Quote source: Dreher, Rod. "Weakland's Exit", National Review Online, May 24, 2002

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