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A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop

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For many people, the name of Archbishop Rembert Weakland brings to mind only connotations of scandal — 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 ...more
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Eerdmans
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Kathleen
May 12, 2010 Kathleen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Catholics
I found this book very difficult on a number of levels. Superficially, it may have been a little above my reading level. Meaning, I had to look up--and in one notable instance ask my grandmother about--something in nearly every chapter. For those of you without an awesome Nana: SJ means someone is a Jesuit, Tyrol is a state in Germany, ecumenism differs from interfaith because its purpose is to promote unity within Christian churches, and he always translates Chaucer's Aulde English immediately ...more
Theresa
Jan 05, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing

This memoir is a fascinating history of the contemporary Catholic Church from the inside. Rembert Weakland is a talented musician (Ph.D Columbia, Julliard), a gifted, life-long student, Abbot Primate of the world-wide Benedictine Order, confidant of Pope Paul VI, and Archbishop of Milwaukee, where he was a leader in social justice, ecumenism, and interreligious matters on the national and international scenes.
In the height of the clergy sexual abuse scandals in the last decade, a homosexual enc
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Ann
Oct 09, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it
Being from Milwaukee and missing our former archbishop's pastoral leadership, I had to read this book. He deals with his horrid "loss of name" openly and honestly from the very beginning, but it is the rest of the book that reminds us that this was a truly wise and holy man who was not afraid to stand up for what he thought was right--namely the Church as Christ meant it to be. I love his style; even all the minute details were eye-opening and educational. I just wonder if those who reject him ...more
John
Dec 15, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
An insiders view of the Catholic church. If you are ambivalent about the church you may learn something about it.If you dislike the church it will reinforce your disdain. If you seek truth you will , at minimum , learn about it and then you will decide.If you have an open heart it will open it wider!
Jamie Johnson
A very interesting insight into the Catholic Church, not quite what I expected, but enjoyable. Always educational to read a biography of a very different life. His take on the politics of the Vatican have informed my interpretation of the (often very poor) reporting on the Vatican in recent years. Another world, right here on our own.
Mary Jo Rabe
Jan 20, 2013 Mary Jo Rabe rated it it was amazing
A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop by Rembert G. Weakland

I don’t do a lot of book reviews yet, but I decided to do one for Archbishop Weakland’s excellent autobiography. Intrigued by a recommendation (which is longer story and one that I may relate in about nine years or so), I read the whole thing, sentence by sentence, word for word.

Archbishop Weakland is an excellent writer with a clear and engaging writing style, making even the most detailed minutiae of life in
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Tom
Jul 03, 2010 Tom rated it it was amazing
This is a difficult book to review.

This book is difficult to review and probably appeals to a small audience.

If you want to learn how the hierarchy of the Catholic Church makes decisions you may want to read this book. Be forewarned that what you read may upset you, make you angry, inspire you, educate you, motivate you to work for change in the Church or drop out.

It is basically the autobiography by Rembert Weakland, former archbishop of Milwaukee. Born in the United States he rose quickly th
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Bishop Bergland
Apr 06, 2016 Bishop Bergland rated it it was amazing
When this book first came out, someone whose opinion I respected at the time told me he had read it and found it completely self-serving. As a result, I didn't read it then but it kept appearing on bookstore shelves and capturing my attention. Having come over the years to question that reviewer's judgment in other areas, I decided to read it and am very glad I did.

This is a book everyone in leadership, regardless of the context, needs to read. I found it to be honest, compelling, and the produc
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Jeremy
Apr 25, 2010 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: former and current Catholics, managers in values-based organizations
A fascinating and wise book. Weakland is a real inspiration - real both in the power of his example as a religious man and leader and in that he is not hiding the fact he was a flawed human being in an often flawed religious institution. I have no critique of him as a person or churchman he hasn't already identified and obviously spent a life time working on. I found plenty of insight here into the church sexual abuse crisis here, but if that is all one encounters in this book they have truly ...more
Jon Cooper
May 23, 2015 Jon Cooper rated it it was amazing
One of the most difficult books I have read; I mean difficult in an emotional sense. Weakland's narrative is not filled with ups and downs, so much as with lots of ups, with one meteoric down towards his final ten, fifteen years as archbishop in Milwaukee. Even without knowing his story from the press during those years, you can sense his joy throughout the first three-fourths of his life, followed by a deepening sadness and resignation in the last quarter. It is as painful to read as ...more
Ann
Oct 09, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being from Milwaukee and missing our former archbishop's pastoral leadership, I had to read this book. He deals with his horrid "loss of name" openly and honestly from the very beginning, but it is the rest of the book that reminds us that this was a truly wise and holy man who was not afraid to stand up for what he thought was right--namely the Church as Christ meant it to be. I love his style; even all the minute details were eye-opening and educational. I just wonder if those who reject him ...more
Ron
Aug 04, 2009 Ron rated it really liked it
Bishop Weakland is good writer when he is passionate about something; falls flat when he is not. His insider look at how the Roman Catholic Church went through the changes inspired by Vatican II and how the Church is sliding backwards since the '80's is very interesting. I would be very interested in reading other such works to complement A Pilgrim In a Pilgrim Church.
Judithosc
Oct 23, 2012 Judithosc rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books that I have ever read about the history between Vatican II and the early 2000's. The personal perspective of Weakland was invaluable to me. He has become my new hero! Actually, I have never had a hero before so this is a new experience for me.
Jeanne
Jul 21, 2010 Jeanne rated it really liked it
If you ever wondered what happened to the reforms of the second Vatican council, read this version from Archbishop Weakland's point of view.
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