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A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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He is hugely talented and very gifted as a writer. This book is very absorbing. It is a page-turner in other words. In reading his story, you just have to marvel at it. A young man from a poor family ends up in a monastery, goes to Rome, France, and Germany, is professed a monk, does graduate studies in New York, and ends up running the whole monastery as archabbot before he's even 40. He then went on to serve as Abbot Primate of the Order of St. Benedict, rubbing shoulders with Pope Paul VI and other very high churchmen. And then, at the age of 50, he ends up an archbishop.
Yes, Archbishop Weakland is talented. But I'm afraid that old habits do indeed die hard. The same contempt for those who do not share his point of view is still very much in evidence. His contempt for Pope John Paul II is frequently shown, despite some words of faint praise for the late Pontiff. Archbishop Weakland makes constant reference to his fear for authority, yet during his time as Archbishop of Milwaukee, he was quite authoritarian. He refused to listen to anyone to opposed his cathedral project. He complains bitterly about all those people, both clerical and lay, who wrote to the Holy Father to complain about him. Yet, they were only doing what the Second Vatican Council encouraged them to do, making known to the Church's pastors their concerns.
I'm not sure that the Archbishop Weakland who emerged following the scandals of 2002 is humbler. A number of passages in the book seem to indicate that not much has changed. If that is the case, then that is something to be lamented indeed.
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While the narrative is fairly well written, what he says is pure apostasy. The Holy Church is not a democracy, father, nor should it be. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Borek
As a fellow liturgical musician I have always had a warm spot in my heart for Weakland; a music degree from Julliard is an honor. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bradley A. Pritts
If ever there was a reason why books (or a book) should be burned and banished to the dung heap of history it is this one by this narcissistic, parasitic, sociopath that by mistake... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yes, I bought the book and I'm currently reading it. On the bright side, Weakland writes clearly and, if not for the subject matter, this would be a pleasant reading experience. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Frequent Shopper
My reading of the autobiography of Rembert Weakland is a greater pleasure than I anticipated. It is a reminder that human beings have a greater complexity than the usual publicity... Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by James Goodmann
Retired and much maligned (by the Vatican) Archbishop Rembert Weakland's biographical book is his apologia pro vita sua. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by James Guinnessey
[A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church - Memoirs of a
Catholic Archbishop Rembert G Weakland, OSB.
Forward by Margaret O'Brien Steinfels. Read more
The Archbishop is indeed a controversial figure, but, taking that aside, his memoirs depict the remarkable transformation of the Catholic Church from the Great Depression to the... Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Robert R. Josef
One wonders if the good Archbishop might use his book royalties to return the hush money he stole from his parishioners. Unbelievable hubris. Good riddance.Published on May 21, 2010 by BCM