Weakland: I Did Not Know Sex With Child Was a Crime and Thought Kids Would “Grow Out of It”

weakland_mug_050709Recently, we discussed the forthcoming book by former Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, the leading cleric who was accused of date rape and covering up the abuse of children by other priests. The church paid $450,000 in 1998 to a man who had accused him of assault. Now, Weakland insists that he and other priests did not know it was a crime to have sex with children and thought they would not remember or they would “grow out of it.”

In his book, “A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church,” Weakland writes: “We all considered sexual abuse of minors as a moral evil, but had no understanding of its criminal nature.” That’s right. Despite the daily stories of child abuse arrests and basic common sense, Weakland did not understand that raping choirboys was not actually a crime.

He then insisted that he and others “accepted naively the common view that it was not necessary to worry about the effects on the youngsters: either they would not remember or they would ‘grow out of it.” The “common view”? Where in the universe beyond child molestation websites is that a common view?

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17 thoughts on “Weakland: I Did Not Know Sex With Child Was a Crime and Thought Kids Would “Grow Out of It””

  1. Well rafflaw, if the good people of Wisconsin state penal system hold true and he is convicted of child molestation broom handles have caused Heart Attacks before you slam your face in the toilet numerous times and break off that broom handle where the sun don’t shine. Just ask Dalhmer, oh you can’t he died after a mere 18 months and his appeal process had not even expired.

  2. The Catholic Church is still very good at Hypocrisy. This alleged man of god is only about an hour away from me. To know that this kind of criminal liar is that close scares me. Why isn’t this priest in jail? What publisher would allow this serial abuser of children to profit from those horrible crimes? There should be a loud uproar in Milwaukee over this evil monster being allowed to walk the streets.

  3. I can’t believe that this man is as stupid as he sounds so he must be evil.

  4. GWLawSchoolMom
    1, May 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm
    I can’t even begin to think about knowing how to respond to stories like this.

    —-

    A torch and pitchfork might be a good place to start. The scene of Bernardo Gui’s coach being pushed over a cliff by the peasants in ‘The Name of the Rose’ is comforting (albeit falsely so) when I read stories like this.

  5. I can’t even begin to think about knowing how to respond to stories like this.

  6. Another reason pedophiles should never be released into the population –ever. I know of not one rehabilitated pedophile. It is always the victim that enticed them.

  7. Buddha:

    “I wonder where cannibalism fits into the Archbishop’s world view.”

    **************

    Likely as poor table manners.

  8. Whoolie,

    Second on what mespo said. Most well done! Whatever you had for breakfast, I want some. 😀 Truly the Breakfast of Champions.

  9. This has been going on for a good long time, there have been priest and choir boy jokes for as long as I can remember. Why did the RCC let it get so out of hand? Why not throw the offenders out and clean up your own house before you are made to do it by the law or public opinion.

    It is very disturbing what this priest has written a book of apologetics for pedophiles and even more troubling that it will be published. Hopefully it will not be a best seller and will be limited to selling on sites such as NAMBLA.

  10. I wonder where cannibalism fits into the Archbishop’s world view.

  11. ““We all considered sexual abuse of minors as a moral evil, but had no understanding of its criminal nature.”

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    I can die happy knowing I have now heard every conceivable excuse imaginable. Didn’t know it was criminal? What did he think it was–a traffic offense? I had no idea jackasses were eligible for the ministry.

  12. Are you sure that he is not the Arch-Deacon of Pederasty? You know once a deacon once a deacon.

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