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Lawyer: More than 8,000 children abused by Milwaukee archdiocese priests

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  • Started 2 years ago by Listener_Pete
  • Latest reply from NoParty

  1. WOW!!

    MILWAUKEE (WSAU) An attorney says at least 8,000 kids were sexually abused by over 100 priests and other offenders in the Milwaukee Catholic Diocese. Jeffrey Anderson made the assertion yesterday at a court hearing on the first compensation claims filed by abuse victims as part of church's bankruptcy proceedings. Anderson told Judge Susan Kelley that sealed bankruptcy documents outlined the extent of the abuse. He said the offenders include 75 priests who have not been previously named by the archdiocese. Anderson represents over half of the 570 victims who filed for compensation.

    Victims' advocate Peter Isley of the Survivors Network questioned how eight-thousand crimes could be committed with no accountability. Isley speculates that some of the offenders belong to religious orders -- and the archdiocese claims it's not responsible for those groups, even though Catholics provide staffing for them. Isley called the matter a "public safety crisis." The archdiocese said it did not have enough information to respond.

    Meanwhile Judge Kelley dropped only one of the three compensation claims the church tried to dismiss. It involved a victim who agreed to a previous settlement. The church said the others violated statutes-of-limitations, and they did not have a legal right to be filed. Kelley said she'll decide that issue if the cases go to trials.

    Posted on February 12, 2012 - 10:08 AM #
  2. Brianl

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    And how can this problem within the Catholic Church be so marginalized by its members and supporters?

    Sickening and shocking.

    Posted on February 12, 2012 - 10:57 AM #
  3. NoParty

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    Where is the outrage in the press? Where is the outrage from the Church?

    Posted on February 12, 2012 - 11:18 AM #
  4. Mrs.Merkin

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    "Anderson represents over half of the 570 victims who filed for compensation."

    570 is 570 too many. And this is just the Milwaukee Catholic Diocese.

    "On the one hand the archbishop invites every individual who has been harmed and sexually abused to come forward to make claims with promises to be treated with respect and a measure of justice. And as soon as they do, he brings in a motion to pour salt in the wounds to have the claims thrown out."

    "The archdiocese began publicizing the names of offending clergy in the years after the abuse scandal first made headlines in Boston in 2002. There are 44 names of offenders on the archdiocese's website, 19 of them deceased. Many of the claims date to the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, which could doom them."

    "The archdiocese dealt with explosive charges in March 2010 against the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy, who had molested some 200 deaf boys over two decades. In Murphy's case, Anderson has sought to push charges of a church cover-up up to the Vatican and Pope Benedict, who formerly was in charge of the Holy See's disciplinary arm and interceded with the church in the case."

    "Stang contended the Milwaukee archdiocese has not been dealing fairly, citing a transfer of more than $50 million from church accounts to a Catholic cemetery fund, ostensibly for upkeep. A like amount had earlier been sought by abuse victims."

    Posted on February 12, 2012 - 11:45 AM #
  5. NoParty

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    Anderson represents over half of the 570 victims.

    570 in just ONE congregation?

    Posted on February 13, 2012 - 12:52 PM #
  6. The Catholic Church is too busy trying to convince 98% of the women whom already use birth control in thier own church to cease doing so to have the time to properly address this comparitively tiny issue.

    Posted on February 13, 2012 - 07:04 PM #
  7. NoParty

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    570 is a small issue to the Catholic church? That's a disgrace!

    Posted on February 13, 2012 - 11:28 PM #

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