Wednesday, 21 October 2009

WEAKLAND: Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church

Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2009

385 pages

“For many people, the name of Archbishop Rembert Weakland brings to mind only connotations of scandal ż the titillating tale of a prominent priest disgraced. But that whiff of dishonor barely begins to tell the whole story.In these pages Archbishop Weakland recounts his life from his childhood in rural Pennsylvania to his retirement from the archbishopric in 2002 at the age of 75, all in the context of the Church that he long served. Weakland takes readers with him to Rome, where he discovered the splendor of a whole new intellectual world, and then to New York for his extensive musical study at Julliard and Columbia University. From his early days in the priesthood to his struggles with pontiffs, Weakland details how he learned to become a leader and minister to his people and how his famously liberal beliefs affected his ministry. While he presents an honest account of the scandal he is so often recognized for, the complete picture beyond rumor and accusation may come as a surprise to many readers.Throughout his book Weakland describes with poignant honesty his psychological, spiritual, and sexual growth. Evocative and inspiring, A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church tells the story of a life fully lived.”

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