Auxillary Bishop Callahan Weighs in on Weakland's Book

May 13, 2009

[with video]

MILWAUKEE -- Former Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee Rembert Weakland said he is donating the proceeds of his tell-all book to charity.

Current Head Of Local Church Weighs In On Weakland's Book

Weakland has been retired for seven years, but his revelation that he is gay brings him back into the public eye.

WISN 12 News sat down with Auxiliary Bishop William Callahan, the current head of the local church, to talk about the surprising revelations in the book.

Callahan said he talked to Former Archbishop Weakland last week, but despite his knowledge of the book, it was not discussed.

Callahan, who's known Weakland for years, said he's surprised by Weakland's admission that he is gay.

“I think it caught me off guard. It was not necessarily something I was ready to hear coming from the Archbishop,” Callahan said.

Weakland is no stranger to controversy. He retired in 2002 after it came out he had an affair decades earlier with a male college student. He has also came under fire for hiding the actions of pedophile priests.

WISN 12 News asked Callahan if he thinks the Archdiocese can move on beyond the things Weakland left behind.

“Certainly, without a doubt, certainly. The church has moved on for centuries with saints and sinners, and that's Jesus' intention,” Callahan said.

Callahan said Weakland’s legacy in the church is not just his mistakes but also some of the good he did, including shaping the modern mass. He does not expect the Vatican to weight in on the book.


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