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ARCHBISHOP WEAKLAND.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Archbishop Weakland, OSB, with Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki presiding was celebrated at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee on August 30, 2022 at 4.30 p.m.

It is reported by more than one news outlet that Fr. James Connell, a retired priest and the former Vice-Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee remarked that “Archbishop Rembert Weakland deserves no honour or praise” and that he asked for priests of the archdiocese to stay away from Weakland’s funeral liturgy, adding that their attendance “would put salt in the wounds of victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse”.

Using any yardstick, the deceased Archbishop Weakland, OSB, (born April 2, 1927) was one of the most controversial and corrupt of the American Catholic hierarchy of the past three decades. The call and observations of Fr. Connell are courageous and well-founded.

In May 2002, Weakland (who had been the Ordinary since 1977 admitted there were six (6) priests within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee with histories of sexually abusing children. Weakland further admitted to shredding the paperwork that would have established that clerics within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee were guilty of child abuse. He also acknowledged that he failed to alert local police about the recidivist tendencies of these clerics; thereby, Weakland admitted his own inexcusable complicity in the cover-up of clerical misconduct.

There can be no doubt Archbishop Weakland was a gifted individual who purportedly spoke six languages to a very high standard. In 1963, he was elected Archabbot of St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was then elected as the Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation, in 1967. He was appointed Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Paul VI in 1977.

Weakland abused his episcopal authority by having sex with Mr. Paul Marcoux, a young man who was discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Marcoux claimed he was date-raped by Weakland, however, the archbishop said the sexual activity was consensual. What is not in dispute is that Weakland authorised the payment of $450,000 to buy the silence of Marcoux from archdiocesan funds.

When Weakland was unable to meet the extortionary demands of Marcoux for further hush money, Marcoux went public. As a result, in 2002, Archbishop Weakland was forced to resign in disgrace. Weakland then wrote a self-serving autobiography (2009’s A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church) in which he attempted to justify his own misbehaviour. In this memoir, he admitted to a number of other gay relationships, but washed his hands of his lamentable leadership of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

When Weakland was unable to meet the extortionary demands of Marcoux for further hush money, Marcoux went public. As a result, in 2002, Archbishop Weakland was forced to resign in disgrace. Weakland then wrote a self-serving autobiography (2009’s A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church) in which he attempted to justify his own misbehaviour. In this memoir, he admitted to a number of other gay relationships, but washed his hands of lamentable leadership of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

I am lead to believe that despite all his unacceptable behaviour, I am led to believe that Archbishop Weakland is going to be given the honour of being buried among the Archabbots of St. Vincent Archabbey. Even in death there is no accountability for those who been elevated to the episcopate; they can do what they like with impunity.

If any other priest or religious had behaved in a similar manner to Weakland they would have been instantly disciplined and dismissed from the clerical state following a canonical process that can be likened to a kangaroo court in a Banana Republic. Therefore, in the Church of today, Weakland, is a demonstrable example of the clear division between the true “children” of the Church (Ordinaries) and its “red-headed stepchildren” (simple priests/religious without jurisdiction). No wonder there are no vocations to the priesthood, when the monstrous hypocrisy of an Archbishop Weakland is honoured even in death!

103 replies on “ARCHBISHOP WEAKLAND.”

His savage wrecking of the interior of his cathedral despite vociferous objections from parishioners is emblematic of an era where rotten trends took hold despite not even the hint of support from Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Eamon Casey, thief, lecher and paedophile was similarly a wrecker of his cathedrals. Hatred of beauty and a corruption of soul seem to go together.

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Casey was not a peado nor did he wreck Galway cathedral , he would not get away with it His body lies in crypt in cathedral. He had sex with a woman. No harm in that once consensual and in Love.

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Look up the interview that his niece patricia donovan gave to independent newspaper in 2019. No criminal investigation was carried out.

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Wrong, he molested his niece. and other children. Preying on adults is a thing we’ve learned about a lot recently, and he did that too. He stole donations, which some anon covered. His luxurious unofficial residence has been covered on this blog.https://www.irishcentral.com/news/bishop-eamon-casey-raped-assaulted-children (there’s no end of articles on his perversion)

Given that the ACP were making out this lewd thief to be a living saint, it’s unsurprising to encounter his simps still.

Beautiful marblework paid for by the pennies of poor parishioners in Kerry was slung in the skip. The relatively new Galway cathedral also got an early 80s pub makeover.

Again Weakland the predator (a young man discerning a vocation) and thief (to cover up the former), who moreover aggressively covered up for predators an unquiet soul, wrecked his cathedral, and Casey was all that and worse, for there’s no evidence the Benedictine Weakland directly preyed on children or youths.

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10.26 lay church volunteers are protectors of anything that needs to be covered up by church.

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12.31 An abusive Bishop buried in a crypt in a Roman Catholic Cathedral. The perfect location for a paedophile cleric who molested his own niece, fathered a child with a vulnerable foreigner placed in his care, robbed and pillaged church funds & property at every opportunity, viewed every situation in life as a gamble to see what he could get away with, was a rogue and a chancer to the end of his days, Molly coddled by RCC & victim vilified by the cabal. Why would he show any respect for parishioner pennies, another arrogant spoilt cleric. Sounds familiar 😏

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Weakland should burn in Hell, for eternity. But so should EVERY romanist priest, since Jesus did NOT establish another priesthood (as an alternative to Jewish (or levitical) priesthood.

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This man is iconic of Roman Catholicism and the dynamics therein, period. Mc Carrick was second rate to this guys duplicity ….friend of popes and hated by them….FOR GETTING CAUGHT.

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When will a neutral study be carried out to report on what causes paedophilia and sexual abuse and its relationship to the abuse and authority of people who carry out these hateful acts .A neutral study also on the cover up of people leading organisations who covered up these abuses . Who is the brave person who could start study? It’s only then we may start to put an end to all this abuse.
On a different note it would be lovely if Robert did a video on family pray as the family who prays together stays together. It is always men pray that I see on his videos.

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Hey, he made Cockroach a Cardinal ! Now, there’s an ambitious and ruthless man. I don’t think there will be much love lost between Vin and Roach. Vin will definitely be feeling that he is yesterday’s man, and that he will not like. He’s always been keen to be the Queen Bee. A few more years and there will be another twist of the knife when Vin gets to 80 and is ineligible to vote in the Conclave.

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8.21

What an absurd comment?

A study on the causes of paedophilia? You might as well ask why some people like Marmite and others don’t.

Things are as they are because we are human.

Anyhow, I know the causes of all these things: God almighty.

See? No expense spared there.😉

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10:32 Excellent point. If God created everything, visible and invisible, he created paedophilia.

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8:21 The internet is your friend.
If you search for ‘paedophilia causes’ on Google scholar you will find the wealth of existing research you are currently unaware of.

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11.48 yes, it is surprising that Pope Francis did not make him a Cardinal, as we can all see, it is common practice to reward clerical abusers and their protector colleagues with promotion. This policy is followed through in Diocese across the world. In particular, note the Irish Diocese annual appointments and the “silence” on clerics observed as being fully facilitated and moved around Ireland into unsuspecting schools & communities despite extremely serious criminal and other outstanding issues.

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McCarrick was a networker like none other, skilfully deploying gifts as needed. He had some weird aspects. Once he tried to plie his charm on a Chicago whistleblower, but finding he was hearing a diocesan TLM, he waited outside and the whistleblower evaded him. McCarrick was roving ambassador for Pope Francis and among Ted’s dubious achievements was that dubious deal with PRC. That is handy for Francis as it means an annual stipend for a Vatican that has blown so much money on God only knows. Francis has restored Becciu’s faculties despite the ongoing trial. Yet Casey was more duplicitous. Uncle Ted’s beach house and creepiness seems to have been long known, and while Casey’s lechery became well known, plus his dishonesty, his crimes against little children only came out after death. It certainly makes the humble living saint in exile line of some even more wicked.

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@ 10:26am

Vinnie hasn’t a chance against oul Martha Roche who will chew him up,and spit him out into the Thames. Just ask the people of Leeds who know what a bitch Martha is. Look what she did to them, the Diocese hasn’t recovered yet.😉

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10.39 clerics & catlicks are professional networkers & spin doctors at covering up everything regardless of endangerment.

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‘If any other priest or religious had behaved in a similar manner to Weakland they would have been instantly disciplined and dismissed from the clerical state’
Rubbish. We know they wouldn’t.

And of COURSE Weakland is being buried among St Vincent’s archabbots, it’s one of those monasteries so notorious someone has dedicated a whole website to its abuse:

http://www.misconductinlatrobe.com/

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A cynical and weary reply would be to say: ‘the usual.’ The thing is for all Weakland’s mainly failings, that website and others suggest he is not the worst monk to rest in its crypts, without minimising his viciousness towards those who reported abuse, and other misdeeds.

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Oh quite. And the fact the phrase ‘the usual ‘ comes to mind is also horrific. If you’re a monk of St Vincent’s or Collegeville it must be absolutely surreal.

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Pat s stated at the recent Conference the
Irish Bishop’s voted and passed that Irish Episcopal Conference Ignores Pat Buckley as he needs fuel for his blog daily so any shit will do. Pat your fan club is not interested in the RCC World wide they are interested in the UK and Ireland but u need to blogneeds fuel daily but be rest assured We will Never Walk Alone or as the un Catholic’s sing we are simply the Best but we humbly know we are the Best so God Bless you and ur Friends.

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11.58 That’s choice coming from them; no one needs fuel more than themselves and that fuel is depleting, old people are dying and no one is beginning church attendance; their fire is dimming and will soon be out!!!! This Blog has more traction in Rome than any Irish diocese or the collective of the 26, period. Guillelmo Mulvihill

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But surely if pat is giving false information about the RCC the RCC would speak out about it and bring him to court for defamation.. Silence …….

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4.19 That’s what you would like to think. Signed & witnessed affidavits to the contrary!

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@ 11:58pm
Patsy this sanctimonious ejit sounds a bit like you know who, trying to be Tina Turner, giving herself away by being humble like Uriah Heep and ending with the false piety.🤔

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Weakland and Fr Murphy (who abused well over 200 deaf boys from 1955 to 1974 or 1975?)
Link documents the story and the details as well.
https://catholicecumene.wordpress.com/home/lawrence-murphy-william-cousins-rembert-weakland-and-the-sedevacantism-of-alex-gibney/lawrence-murphy-william-cousins-rembert-weakland-and-the-sedevacantism-of-alex-gibney-part-2/
Thanks to internet archives
Full documentary movie is here:
https://archive.org/details/Mea.Maxima.Culpa.Silence.in.the.House.of.God.720p

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Is this what the blog is about stuck for Ireland or the UK just publish a blog Thank God Pat has run out of UK and Ireland but needs something.
Eamon is sleeping well tonight Armagh is off the hook till Friday

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If that was true it would just show how short sighted he was. The reality is it is the international scandal which has created the common perception that priest = nonce and people now know that the church’s criminal and immoral behaviour is Catholic, sorry, universal.
Every time someone is revolted by it, it becomes more likely someone will stop paying, stop attending, go to the police, or sue.
This is why y’all hate this blog and keep ranting that it’s lies, it’s information and the truth which is your enemy.

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‘Do you suffer from sleep a sleeping disorder’
If your question made any sense at all I might be able to answer it.

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Yeah Mother Burke is your typical paedophile protector. Working as a drag queen is just his cover story.

Now wait for the enraged comments about polyester from fools. 🤣

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Your daily reminder that the Catholic™️ faith is about dragging up and, er, other things. 🤢

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That Deaf Guy is a pain the arse he’s never done insulting that excellent prelate His Eminence Leo Cardinal Burke who is far removed from the Great Polyester Weakland.

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All 26 Irish Diocese reported on what they discussed and these are available online whilst a further 14 submissions from other groups such as religious congregations,associations of lay people, church agencies and some individuals. A national Steering group then summarised these for the final report. Here really is where the problem begins. Those who submitted online appear to have had a fast track for the inclusion of their views. Not only that, but we don’t know who they were or what exactly they said. What should have been a transparent and open process was anything but. What is clear though is that some voices were heard more than others.

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Modeh Ani…..are not human beings great for what they put up with, from other human beings, from their religion and from men like Weakland.

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WOW. Top level predator here. Protector of other predators. Shredded documents. Molested many. Ruined his diocese. How do the sheep keep going to mass with these beasts not only running the show but honoured in death?

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In Ireland, we try never to speak ill of the dead, however, an exception can be made for Weakland. His narcissism, duplicity, callous disregard for victims of clerical sexual abuse, and his own willingness to use his office for his own sexual satisfaction is utterly contemptible. He is emblematic of everything that is negative and systemic within Benedictine monasticism today and the Church of today.

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10.33 I have been accused on this Blog of being a Contrarian; if you are going in the same direction as everybody else, you are probably going in the wrong direction; there are good priests….Bill Mulvihill

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1.09

You are being short-sighted, Bill.

Any Christian who vows or promises obedience not to Christ, but to a mere man who himself promised obedience to laws that require him to protect paedophiles/ephebophiles cannot also be a good person.

You did precisely this at your ordination, you, and every other priest.

The conclusion should not have to be stated.

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When Weakland repeatedly attempted to retire to a Benedictine abbey, he was refused — his apparent “Benedictine spirit” not welcome amidst actual Benedictines. The sons of St. Benedict famously receive a guest as Christ himself, but they draw the line at one who so greatly betrayed Christ without repentance.

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Seamus, as I remember that was because he kept trying to go to monasteries that weren’t his own and you wouldn’t want the old liability around if you didn’t have to would you?
I don’t know why he didn’t go back to the monastery where his stability remained because they couldn’t really say no, even if they did count the silver.

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It would be better all round if Weakland had been buried in a very simple and quiet Mass with no publicity and no large gathering. That would respect the sensitivities regarding his questionable activities and prevent the victims being disturbed yet again; and it would have recognised the salvific grace of God which is extended to all people, even to those who have committed evil.

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1.09 Niall Ahern and David O Hanlon who hate each other are two of the best priests I know; their quiet private help to others is of God himself. Lucifer has been redeemed by The Christ( myself and Martin Henry used to debate that in his well appointed rooms in Middle Long Corridor…..Martin Henry is one of the reasons I humbly retracted my Apostasy…a genius he is) . William MULVIHILL

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I saw Lord Longford’s book on humility in a shop the other day. I thumbed through it but decided he couldn’t teach me anything about the subject.

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4.17: Reading Bills comments one would think he was born in the 90’s. Bill lived at a time as a priest in the height of the revelations of clerical sexual abuses…Where was his voice of protest or condemnation of the scandals? HE WAS SILENT ENJOYING HIS COSY CLERICAL WORLD…Now he presents as an advocate!! (For himself only). Hypocrite!!

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Donal McKeowns tribute to them two Indian lads that died in LondonDerry is atrociously cold and clearly is coming from someone who has never had first hand experience of trauma.

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Looking at the deposition of Weakland, I feel embarrassed and ashamed to be a Catholic. For all his learning and education, he was a selfish SOB who was only interested in pushing his own agenda.

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Actually, he was a good romanist cleric. He did what Canon Law required him to do. And when he was made, first, bishop, and, then, archbishop, he had to promise to uphold this law. And he did.

Obedince to Canon Law is rewarded well sometimes: it’s why PJPII gave Bernard Law such a prestigious sinecure in Rome after he bolted from the US in public disgrace for protecting paedophile priests in the Archdiocese of Boston.

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‘Pope’ W(Fr)ankie is the most evil of all Gods representatives. I thought JP was bad, crisis – he is worse – burying heads in sand should be for children – not Papacy

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Clare, pope after pope has done this. Wake up and realize this is the norm and is thus what the church is about. You’re trying to find a pope who isn’t continuing normal business.

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His diocese attracted a lot of vocations from overseas as it paid the highest clergy salary in the US. I know it 2002 it was circa $50,000. Goodness knows what it is now.

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You can see how many concelebrants there were here

https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/6N0A9XwLCa7J5fLQZrdRaw–~B/aD03MjA7dz0xMjgwO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/https://media.zenfs.com/en/video.wisn.hearstnews.com/3f234839af18ad2ef8dc78617bd6e039

The funeral was protested

https://eu.jsonline.com/story/news/local/2022/08/29/advocates-slam-funeral-milwaukee-cathedral-archbishop-weakland/7927098001/

Folks live your life so you don’t have pictures of the criminals you protected outside your funeral (Weakland) or have to have your grave on private land to stop people pissing on it (Thatcher).

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Thanks for those links.

I’m shocked so many priests concelebrated, but I suppose I shouldn’t have been.

I AM rightly shocked that there weren’t more protestors.

The archdiocese’s defence is a very weak one. Yes, Weakland had to have a funeral service to implore God’s mercy on his soul, but did it have to be so grand? No, it did not.

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They made tons of cash out of his generous salary provision. Of course, they would be there to pay back their respects.

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What about this Paul Marcoux guy? Didn’t he used to hang around Benedictine monasteries a lot? What was that about? He worked at Downside before all the dirt came out there. I think he went to Ireland and worked at Glenstal too. Did he ever speak of Weakland in those places? The monks are good at keeping secrets on their own types too.

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2:31 is incapable of recognizing the force of the words ‘I think’ but doubtless believes a virgin conceived. Strangely he only wants evidence Marcoux was at Glenstal, not Downside. Well Brendan, sorry, 2:31 have you shredded the guest book yet?

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Yes, Marcoux spent at least one, if not, two years teaching in the school at Glenstal. It was in the early 90s around 1993-94. He taught religion through drama and was an assistant housemaster to the senior boys. My nephew was at school there at the time and used to mention him. A creep, apparently, to say the least.

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Oh Marcoux was at Glenstal alright. I used to sing in the choir at school there. He was into music too and tried to offer me singing lessons. I had about three lessons and gave up. There was something very pervy about him. And he was cagey about his personal biography. I left in 1995 and never heard about him since. This is news to me about the archbish in the States. Wow! I wonder if he tried that on Dermo Clifford what would have happened.

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Glenstal have their own Weakland, Gregory Collins, who after romancing a Palestinian boy and almost causing an international incident, escaped to the Anglican Diocese of Chichester.

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5.26
I remember Gregory (real name ‘Earl’) Collins from the ‘Wing’. He was a good-looking guy, in those days.
Can’t be sure of this, but I think he may once have, well, propositioned me, in a jokey-serious kinda way. Even back then, I spoke out in support of LGBT people; it wasn’t fashionable at the time, and it got me noticed.
I’m not gay, but after one such comment, Earl looked at me and then, quietly, almost in a whisper, said: ‘Hey ……… Come on.’ I smiled, because I thought Earl was straight, too. Looking back on it, and knowing what I now know about Earl, I’m not sure now that he was joking.

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Response to @1026 about CockRoche and Vinnie of Westminster: Is anybody running a book on the betting for Vin’s successor at Westminster ? Could it be Roche ? Or could it be the chief diplomat guy from Liverpool Paul Gallagher ? Or The Bully Boy from Southwark ? I think I heard that Moth of A&B fancies himself. McMahon from Liverpool is a buffoon and can’t be credible, probably getting a bit old too. Any other runners that we know of ? It must be getting close because Vincent isn’t getting any younger and is now a few years past the 75 mark. Interesting times. Mind you, who in their normal mind want want the job. Only those still full of themselves and the clerical culture will be after it.

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@1.02pm I have heard reliable information that Cardinal Roche will come to London. That would be an inspired appointment. Roche is tough; capable of making unpopular decisions when they are required; is a Vatican 11 man, through and through; and of high intellect. He is regarded highly in the Vatican, where his work on the liturgy has found much approval withj Francis. The Church in England and Wales has been honoured with Roche’s being raised to the cardinalate. It will indeed be a great honour when he returns to Westrminster.

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Apart from the obvious fact that 5:35 is being sarcastic I’m impressed that I’ve somehow managed to miss nine Vatican councils. 😉

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@5.35
Your reliable source is well out of touch.
Cardinal Roche is 72 years of age and has a five year Curia post so that takes him to 77 and retirement or his Curia post can be extended for another Five years.
He now heads up the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Disipline of the Sacrements so not way is he going to London.
Talk is it is Dickie boy that is going to Westminister and it will not be Malkie he wants out in two years and also waiting for two assistant Bishops for Liverpool and Southwark.
Strange East Anglia has not been filled as yet.

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The salaries of Catholic Priests in Milwaukee, WI, range from $36,391 to $138,705 , with a median salary of $65,276 . The middle 57% of Catholic Priests makes between $65,369 and $88,359, with the top 86% making $138,705

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1.03: Back in the early 80’s I worked in 3 occasions in a Californian parish for six weeks. I was overwhelmed with the treatment given to me in all occasions. Free car with credit card: a mini apartment: all meals: flight paid for: a weekly stipend and all mass offerings. I had a lot of free time…A greatb experience but the wealth, privileges and perks given to priests astounded me. The parish was very rich and supported financially in ways unimaginable here. But the presence of so many paid personnel was impressive – as in many American parishes. Not so sure if it’s the same 36 years on. I was impressed by many things but I didn’t feel comfortable surrounded by so much wealth and comfort. The story about Archbishop Weakland is shocking and very disturbing at all levels. Thankfully the lay faithful everywhere today are more aware and informed about the hidden scandals of the past and present and how the mighty trusted leaders failed abysmally and still do. The leaders who carved out very comfortable lifestyles shame the entire church. The innocent survivors must have first claim on compassionate and just compensation.

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Am obliged to disagree. I think hard evidence useful to know how cushy a life clerics lead ‘cos irrespective of location, it’s the same story everywhere. It’s a non demanding “job” based on false premises providing a comfortable living with side benefits, …..status, prestige, ……and those tax free envelopes.
Wake up cathbots. You’re being conned

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As long as it’s not Stock from Leeds or Longley from Birmingham we will be alright – Roche and Gallagher wouldn’t want Westminster too comfortable in Rome – if Wilson will the last person to leave turn the lights out!!

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