[Closeup photos] Weakland sculpture controversy: It’s just not another sex abuse story


“We are not a corporation with head offices in Rome … it is my obligation to insist on the rights and duties of the local bishop in the Catholic Church…”

Archbishop Rembert Weakland

The Other Weakland Issue: Renovate the church, renovate the liturgy, renovate Roman Catholics… Renovate Christ The King.

A day is fast approaching when the so-called “Spirit of Vatican II” will, in human language, be thrown upon the trash heap of history; by divine language, by an Oracle of the LORD, the true Spirit of God will replace the error and quickly place the imposter where no living man desires knowledge of–let alone live to speak of it… And that day will come for one simple reason: the vile and false spirit tried to replace Christ the King within the hearts of men.

In the days ahead there will be sculpture protests, yes, mostly centered upon Archbishop Weaklands role in the scandal of sex abuse during his tenure. But, there’s another story: the Real Presence. If ever, (and I pray not), you’ve experienced the painful reckovation process at your own parish you know well the story. I experienced the same process of lies: Built in efforts to portray parish renovation as a parish supported project when, in fact, that wasn’t the reality at all, but, pure manipulation alone —  life-long Catholic men and women ridiculed in public for their faithful protests — Hand picked parishioners Pre-trained as group facilitators (control agents) — petition drives and useless meetings with bishop representatives — Controlled dissension at planning meetings — Years of unnecessary resentments within the parish — But, above all evil, in most instances, was the removal of the tabernacle from the central apex of the church. Relegating to some room, alcove, or closet the true presence of Jesus Christ (God with us) within the Blessed Sacrament away from the view of His people. That’s the other story.

If the “Spirit of Vatican II” aided in lessening the sense of sin and Catholic moral life over the past 50 years, thus, causing many to fall over the same period (including priests and bishops), I’m convinced that the same spirit also attempted to lessen the chances of remembering the only cure to what ails us, the True Presence…  

The following report from the long-missed Seattle Catholic from 2001 will help those who haven’t experienced such devastation with their understanding, and hopefully inspire them to protect their spiritual lives by turning from any advance by the ill-spirit, and instead, towards faithful reform of the reform. Also, Catholic Citizens is asking  the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bishop Listecki to Prevent Honors to Archbishop Weakland, and have provided contact numbers to make your concerns known. Numbers follow the story:

Last week, Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland began a $4.5 million renovation of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Despite numerous and repeated protests from thousands of local Catholics and formal instruction from the Vatican to halt the renovation plans, workers began dismantling the high altar and crushing the surrounding marble columns.

Cardinal Jorge Medina ordered Weakland to stop the destruction of the cathedral and resubmit plans that are more in line with liturgical and canonical norms. Weakland said he considered the points raised by Cardinal Medina but saw no issues that required any change of plans. It is heartening to know that Archbishop Weakland’s modernist ability to ignore opposing statements is so well developed. Medina wrote:

“…it would seem to this congregation that the ancient and venerable high altar together with its baldacchino should be retained, given also that it is a most suitable location for the reservation of the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

Weakland’s response was to promptly remove the baldacchino and crush the marble pillars that supported it. In a letter to his priests, he justified his actions by stating:

“We are not a corporation with head offices in Rome … it is my obligation to insist on the rights and duties of the local bishop in the Catholic Church”

We won’t get into (yet) the defiance of American Bishops that has lead to “altar girls” and extraordinary ministers, and the subsequent concessions of the Vatican encouraging the behavior. That’s a whole other issue.

Vosko’s Cathedral Renovations

When planning the cathedral renovation, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee employed the services of liturgical design consultant Fr. Richard Vosko. Vosko, a new-age priest out of Albany, has been on “special assignment” since 1970 renovating (many say “ruining”) Catholic churches throughout the country. He was instrumental in the renovations of Seattle’s St. James Cathedral, which bears the scars of combining liberal theology with poor planning. An article in U.S. Catholic, describes part of the redesign process:

Early in the process some 300 parishioners were gathered at tables, given sheets showing an outline of the church, and asked to draw exactly where they thought the altar, baptistery, tabernacle, and other furniture should be positioned.

Never mind the long history of Church liturgical architecture, entrenched in Catholic doctrine, which has produced some the greatest structural accomplishments known to man. Let’s give a bunch of laypeople some crayons to see what kind of Church would make them feel more spiritual. What was the result? A high altar replaced with an organ, deck chairs encircling a central altar and the Blessed Sacrament relocated into a cage (appropriately enough) with enough space for only six kneelers…

Catholic Citizens of Illinois Asks Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bishop Listecki to Prevent Honors to Archbishop Weakland

Chicago, IL January 8th — “It is an outrageous insult to the victims of sexual abuse to allow former Archdiocese of Miwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland to be honored at the Cathedral of St. John and permitted to speak at the occasion of the renovation of the Cathedral,” said Mrs. Mary Anne Hackett, president of Catholic Citizens of Illinois.

As part of the renovation, Weakland commissioned a bronze, which serves as a pedestal of the statue of the Blessed Mother, featuring the Archbishop, flanked by St. John the Evangelist and St. Anne, Mother of Mary, as a protector of children. That alone is a shocking distortion of the actual situation in Milwaukee under the leadership of Archbishop Weakland.

“Archbishop Weakland has disgraced himself and the Church with his long history of homosexual contacts and then adding to the disgrace by publishing his memoirs, trumpeting his contempt for Catholic teaching on sexual morality and describing some of his reprehensible behavior. In the past he has even seemed to suggest that the blame for the abuse was shared by the victim,” said Mr. Dan Cheely, a board member of Catholic Citizens. He continued, “In view of such a history, he should not be permitted to receive Church honors in a public setting.”

“We respectfully call upon Bishop Jerome Listecki, the newly installed Bishop of Milwaukee, to intervene to prevent further scandal in the Milwaukee diocese,” said Mrs. Hackett. “This is an essential action needed to put the terrible scandal of sexual abuse behind us and allow the correction and healing to be effective.”


Catholic Citizens of Illinois is an independent Catholic lay organization, faithful to the Magisterium of the Church and the Holy Father, Benedict XVI.






For additional information on the bronze sculpture, CLICK HERE


To contact Archbishop Listecki:

Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 S. Lake Dr.

P.O. Box 070912

Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone: 414-769-3300


Fax: 414-769-3408

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