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Judge orders mediation in Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy case to control legal bills / Associated Press

A federal judge ordered mediation Wednesday July 30) in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s bankruptcy case, saying she believed it was the best bet for resolving the hard-fought case and keeping more money from going to lawyers rather than sexual abuse victims …

“A reorganization plan proposed by the archdiocese earlier this year would give 128 victims roughly half of an $8 million insurance settlement. Others who have filed claims would receive nothing. Meanwhile, attorneys’ fees are now estimated at $13.7 million, and victims have been outraged by the idea that attorneys would receive more money than them …

“Monica Barrett, an abuse survivor who now speaks for others, said success in mediation will depend how the archdiocese approaches it.

“‘If Archbishop (Jerome) Listecki comes to the table with a realistic and compromising mentality, indeed this might be able to get resolved,’ Barrett said. “… However if Archbishop Listecki continues to use this bankruptcy action as a hammer to use against survivors, nothing will get resolved. Up until this point, the only people who have been asked to compromise anything have been the victim-survivors.'”

By M.L. Johnson, Associated Press, in Star Tribune — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Is the Milwaukee archdiocese too broke to pay its legal bills? / National Catholic Reporter

The Milwaukee archdiocese has filed for bankruptcy, but is it too broke to pay its legal bills?

“Currently, the archdiocese has paid or owes just shy of $14 million in legal and professional fees related to the bankruptcy. As the debtor, the archdiocese is required by federal law to pay the legal expenses of those who have filed claims as well as its own lawyers. Lawyers for the archdiocese filed a 63-page statement to back up a $204,451 bill for the month of June alone.

“The legal bills are far greater than the $4 million the archdiocese offered survivors of sex abuse before filing for bankruptcy on Jan. 4, 2011. That prompted Peter Isely, the Midwest director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and one of the Milwaukee claimants, to question whether the archdiocese’s actions are consistent with what Pope Francis has said.

‘Although it is unclear what this pope is doing or not doing on the issue, one thing that is perfectly clear is that paying lawyers three to four times what they have offered victims is directly opposite to this pope’s pontificate,’ Isely said. ‘He has said that victims have a right to and must be justly compensated.’”

By Marie Rohde, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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‘Whistleblower’ Priest Urges Full Transparency for Church Leaders / National Catholic Reporter

Fr. James Connell, a retired Milwaukee priest who helped found a national network of clergy and sisters committed to reporting instances of sexual abuse within the church, offered advice Tuesday for Catholic leaders dealing with the pedophilia scandal: Come clean.” By Mark Rhode, National Catholic Reporter

Read Rhode’s entire article by clicking here.

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Dolan Sought Vatican Permission to Shield Assets / The New York Times

Files released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday revealed that in 2007, the diocese’s archbishop at the time, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, requested permission from the Vatican to move nearly $57 million into a cemetery trust fund in order to protect the assets from victims of clergy sexual abuse who were demanding compensation.”

You can read Laurie Goodstein’s entire article, “Dolan Sought Vatican Permission to Shield Assets, in The New York Times by clicking here.

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Milwaukee Archdiocese Did Not Suspend Priest Suspected of Child Sex Abuse in California

Archdiocesan officials in Milwaukee and leaders of a Milwaukee-based religious congregation try to explain away culpability for allowing a priest to remain in active ministry at two parishes and a school despite knowledge of prior sexual abuse of children.  Only when another allegation was reported to police did the archdiocese and congregation remove the priest from his assignments.  All of this transpired over the past year. What does this malfeasance say about how hierarchical leaders continue to place the interests of their institutions over the protection of children?

Bill Casey, Voice of the Faithful member and former trustee

See the news story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — Milwaukee Catholic Officials Knew of California Sex Abuse Allegations Against Priest

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