US archbishop says Vatican official can't usurp his authority
Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, letter last week, vigorously defended his position on renovation of the Milwaukee cathedral and declared that the issues involved "touch the very nature of the church and how it functions".
The letter, which was marked personal and sent to priests, parish directors and deacons of his archdiocese, became public when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on it on Wednesday and published the complete text on its Web site.
The archbishop, in the letter, declared that Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, head of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, "has not proven that I broke any liturgical norms or canons in making the decisions that were rightfully mine to make as the local bishop of this church."
The cardinal, in a letter faxed to the archbishop on 30 June, had said aspects of a planned $A8.9 million renovation of the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist violated church and liturgical law and asked Archbishop Weakland to revise the project.
Click here to download a PDF version Archbishop Weakland's letter.