Former Wis. Archbishop Apologigizes
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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who has acknowledge settling a sexual misconduct allegation against him, apologized Friday for the ``scandal that has occurred because of my sinfulness.″
The Milwaukee Archdiocese in 1998 paid $450,000 to a former theology student who accused Weakland of sexually assaulting him in 1979. Weakland denies ever abusing anyone.
During a prayer service Friday, Weakland said: ``I apologize to all the faithful of the archdiocese which I love so much, to all its people and clergy for the scandal that has occurred because of my sinfulness.″
The money for the settlement came from the archdiocese’s general budget, which includes income from sources such as investments and church-owned rental property, the archdiocese has said.
Weakland’s 25-year tenure ended when the Vatican accepted his resignation May 24, a day after he acknowledged paying the settlement.
In 1992, Weakland apologized to parishioners during a Mass in 1992 for transferring the Rev. William Effinger, who admitted molesting an altar boy in Lake Geneva in 1979, to a Sheboygan parish after Effinger received treatment.