"We all considered sexual abuse of minors as a moral evil, but had no understanding of its criminal nature."This is a fairly amazing statement. How can a person not believe there might be legal sanctions against something morally evil?
I've been willing to give Weakland the benefit of the doubt because I have always thought of him as a thoughtful and compassionate man. But then he writes this explanation for wanting a private funeral for Father Lawrence Murphy, who is thought to have abused up to 200 deaf children.
"So far, we have succeeded in preserving his reputation, and I hope we are able to do so in the future."So, most important was this priest's reputation! How about the children molested by this priest?
It is not for me to condemn Weakland.
I'll let others make crude jokes at his expense, they have no decency anyway -- plus they have a political agenda since Weakland was a liberal voice in a conservative church. But Weakland's writings seem very self-serving to me.