6-July-2001 -- Catholic World News Brief |

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MILWAUKEE ARCHBISHOP RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM US CARDINALS

MILWAUKEE, (CWNews.com) - Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland has received support from leading Us bishop in his ongoing dispute with the Vatican over controversial renovations to his cathedral.

Bishop Joseph Fiorenza, president of the US bishops' conference, said: "I have spoken to Archbishop Weakland and I am confident that he is following the proper procedures in this dispute and that he has responded faithfully to the questions of the Congregation. His brother bishops join me in the prayerful hope that the dispute can be settled quickly for the peace and unity of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee."

This week, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments sent a letter to the archbishop and a representative of a group of Milwaukee Catholics disputing the renovation expressing concern over the extent of the changes at the cathedral and saying some items violate canon law.

Archdiocesan spokesman Jerry Topczewski said Archbishop Weakland also had received supportive, private telephone calls from Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, Cardinal Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles, and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati, a past president of the bishops conference.

Meanwhile, the archdiocese and Alan Kershaw, the canon lawyer for the critics of the renovation, differed over the extent to which the letter from congregation's head, Cardinal Jorge Medina, requires significant changes to the $4.5 million renovation. Kershaw contended that the letter supports his clients' view that the cathedral's altar should not be moved to the center of the building, the baldacchino over the original main altar on marble pillars should remain in place, and other changes also were unacceptable. Archbishop Weakland sent a response to the cardinal's letter Monday, and that should settle the matter, Topczewski said.

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