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Catholic Citizens of Illinois Asks Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bishop Listecki to Prevent Honors to Archbishop Weakland
1/12/2010 4:18:00 PM -CCI

Contact: Mary Anne Hackett 708-354-5373, Dan Cheely 312-853-8714

Catholic Citizens of Illinois Asks Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bishop Listecki to Prevent Honors to Archbishop Weakland

Chicago, IL January 8th -- "It is an outrageous insult to the victims of sexual abuse to allow former Arhdiocese of Miwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland to be honored at the Cathedral of St. John and permitted to speak at the occasion of the renovation of the Cathedral," said Mrs. Mary Anne Hackett, president of Catholic Citizens of Illinois.

As part of the renovation, Weakland commissioned a bronze, which serves as a pedestal of the statue of the Blessed Mother, featuring the Archbishop, flanked by St. John the Evangelist and St. Anne, Mother of Mary, as a protector of children. That alone is a shocking distortion of the actual situation in Milwaukee under the leadership of Archbishop Weakland.

"Archbishop Weakland has disgraced himself and the Church with his long history of homosexual contacts and then adding to the disgrace by publishing his memoirs, trumpeting his contempt for Catholic teaching on sexual morality and describing some of his reprehensible behavior. In the past he has even seemed to suggest that the blame for the abuse was shared by the victim," said Mr. Dan Cheely, a board member of Catholic Citizens. He continued, "In view of such a history, he should not be permitted to receive Church honors in a public setting."

"We respectfully call upon Bishop Jerome Listecki, the newly installed Bishop of Milwaukee, to intervene to prevent further scandal in the Milwaukee diocese," said Mrs. Hackett. "This is an essential action needed to put the terrible scandal of sexual abuse behind us and allow the correction and healing to be effective."

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Catholic Citizens of Illinois is an independent Catholic lay organization, faithful to the Magisterium of the Church and the Holy Father, Benedict XVI.

CATHOLIC CITIZENS OF ILLINOIS

106 CALENDAR COURT, PMB #122

LA GRANGE, IL 50525

info@catholiccitizens.org

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For additional information on the bronze sculpture, CLICK HERE

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To contact Archbishop Listecki:

Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 S. Lake Dr.

P.O. Box 070912

Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone: 414-769-3300

1-800-769-9373

Fax: 414-769-3408

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