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Ken Briggs, who pens here occasionally, has written an insightful review of Archbishop Rembert Weakland's autobiography. Briggs was religion writer for The New York Times during the period Weakland was Milwaukee's archbishop.

Concludes Briggs:

"His memoir captures a Catholic High Noon. It is not a defense of his sexual affair (which has nothing to do with priest child abuse), but a defense of the theology to which his life has been committed and to the cause of reform.

"For starters, he writes, the church could make progress by ridding itself of arrogance, perfection, and omniscience. Otherwise, he says, 'I am at peace with my God, with my church, and with myself.'"

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