A Firebrand's Valedictory

Archbishop Rembert Weakland is due for what may be his last papal chat. He'll have lots to say

The Vatican tradition called the ad limina requires a Pope to meet privately and individually every five years with the presiding bishop of each of the world's 1,949 dioceses. It is a managerial tour de force, and it works especially well for Milwaukee, Wis., Archbishop Rembert Weakland, since it obliges the Pontiff to sit even with people whose opinions he abhors. "In the early visits," says Weakland cheerily, "one had the feeling if you were saying things he didn't like, he would just go silent on you. The last time I found it easier to engage him in conversation."

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