Arrogant Weigel Catches H— !!!

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      the new church which had recently been dedicated by my bishop. He came with a very generous man who had done much to insure that that church could be built. It was my parish church and my parishioners and I were so happy and so proud of it. It’s architect was Duncan Stroik, one of the leaders of the “return to traditional architecture” movement. Mr. Stroik had helped my parishioners and I to make sure that in spite of diocesan regulations at the time, the tabernacle was front and center in the church. The large, marble altar was topped by a magnificent baldachino. The church contained shrines for Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph and statues of St. Peter and St. Paul were in prominent places. Niches were constructed where we would later place images of 20th century saints and blesseds: Mother Teresa, Padre Pio, Pier Giorgio Fassati, Gianna Molla, and Sr. Faustina, all painted by a local artist. It was a dream come true for me

Mr. Weigle came to a morning Mass which I was offering before the children from our school (the children attended Mass every morning). The school was run by sisters who actually wore habits and lived like nuns! After the Mass, I went to the back of the church to greet Mr. Weigle. He totally ignored me. He said nothing to the dear sisters who were so excited that he had come to our church. He said nothing to the children or to any of the laity gathered there for Mass. When I held out my hand to shake his, he swept passed me and proceeded up the aisle. The generous man I mentioned earlier looked quite embarrassed, but he followed Mr. Weigle, out of courtesy, out the side door of the church and across the parking lot to his car and drove Mr. Weigle back to his (the generous man’s) house where Mr. Weigle was staying.

Those of us in the church just looked at one another and shook our heads. One man came up to me and said, “Well, that b…..d just wrote a book called “The Courage to be Catholic”, maybe he ought to write one called “The Courage to be Courteous”. My parish never received even a short note from the famous Mr. Weigle. When I approached the generous man much later to express my disappointment, he said, “Well, you have to remember that Mr. Weigle is a very famous man, he just lacks social skills”. Well, there you are.

Years later I ran into Mr. Weigle at the North American College in Rome. This time I did not extend my hand, but just stood smiling at him, to see whether such a great personage as himself would remember me or my parish church. He looked at me briefly, and then around me, where he caught sight of a bishop. Again he brushed past me. This time I just laughed.

Weigle, it seems to me, seldom writes even a brief article in which he does not find some way to remind us that he was a close acquaintance (friend?) of Pope John Paul II. We know that, Mr. Weigle, we know that. And we also know that you are one of those professional Catholics who enjoy fraternizing with the rich, the famous, the rich, the powerful, and the rich. You write nice things about conservative Catholicism. But you ignore the Catholics who, though unimportant in your view, are the ones who have been trying our best to live our Catholic faith in very trying times, and who, by the way, buy your books.

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4 comments on “Arrogant Weigel Catches H— !!!

  1. Remember that Gorgeous George Weigel is a second class relic of JP2 the Great, because on more than one occasion the Great One touched him (viz., with a handshake or a hug). Thus, George only wants to make JP2 third class relics (i.e., touched to a second class one – e.g., with a handshake or a hug) of and with the rich and powerful.

  2. It needs to be a Gilbert and Sullivan opera musical comedy (along the lines of the “Modern Major-General’s Song” from The Pirates of Penzance):

    I am the very model of a modernist lay thinker
    With theology of the body I do sometimes tinker
    I know the Popes of Rome and I quote encyclicals hysterical
    From Toronto to Louvain, in order phenomenological
    I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters ontological…

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