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Archdiocese documents show priests paid to leave

July 1, 2013 • National News


Peter Isely, the Midwest Director of SNAP ( The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests), speaks to reporters outside the steps of the the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee regarding documents the Archdiocese of Milwaukee released Monday, July 1, 2013. Then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s correspondence with Vatican officials and priests accused of sexual abuse was included in about 6,000 pages of documents the Archdiocese of Milwaukee released Monday as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court with clergy sex abuse victims suing it for fraud. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As more victims of clergy sex abuse came forward, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan oversaw a plan to pay some abusers to leave the priesthood after writing to Vatican officials with increasing frustration and concern, warning them about the potential for scandal if they did not defrock problem priests, according to documents released Monday.

Dolan’s correspondence with Vatican officials and priests accused of sexual abuse was included in about 6,000 pages of documents the Archdiocese of Milwaukee released Monday as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court with clergy sex abuse victims suing it for fraud. Victims say the archdiocese transferred problem priests to Login to read more

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