At this juncture of history when the story of gay-turned-political-activist Harvey Milk, played adroitly and the plus of an Oscar win by newly separated Sean Penn is being embraced more popularly, a big “gay news” simultaneously is hitting America. Benedictine bishop Rembert Weakland admits publicly and through his memoir his struggles as a pillar of the Church and the fact of being gay.
I can remember Weakland, one great scholar and public speaker, and how I flavored some of my “high school” public notes from his reflections from The Catholic Digest. For such a public confession, he remains quotable indeed, for it remains congruent with the spiritual courage as a Benedictine that he has modelled for through all his years as a servant of the Church. His road was never easy, perhaps, more consistent with the “narrow way” that the Gospels would always flash on the highway. Claim there was that he had to settle a case with the amount of $450,000. Nothing could get financially and psychologically narrower than this! But here he is, in full regalia of honesty, and with so many walls of Catholic opinions to hurdle. I hope Roman Catholics worldwide can opine their way to compassion, and celebrate his way out of the narrow road onto a happy retirement.