Looking for a well-balanced assessment of the “perplexing pilgrimage” of disgraced Archbishop Rembert Weakland? It’s doubtful you’ll find a better one than that offered by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., in his review of Archbishop Weakland’s recent memoir, A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church.
Do read the entire review, which is posted here at the Rhode Island Catholic website. Here’s how it concludes, with a warning from Bishop Tobin about the hazards of following in the footsteps of high-profile Church dissidents like the former archbishop of Milwaukee:
Without a doubt the Archbishop’s pilgrimage has been perplexing; it’s taken a lot of twists and turns along the way. Nonetheless, there’s much the rest of us pilgrims can learn from his travels including this: that whenever a pilgrim wanders off the track and away from the group, he runs the risk of getting hurt or lost, and in so doing, impedes the pilgrimage, and diminishes the peace and joy of his fellow travelers.