Bankruptcy Case Against Milwaukee Archdiocese Moves Forward

Attempts At Settlement Failed

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by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE- The attorney representing dozens of local victims of clergy abuse issued a statement Monday that he is confident his clients may finally be compensated.

Jeff Anderson is optomistic now that a federal judge has ruled the bankruptcy cases against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee move forward on the basis of fraud.

"We are sad that one of the survivor's claims has been dismissed and for that we need to try to do what we can to rectify that at a later time," Anderson said, " For now the journey continues. We remain hopeful. We remain positive. We remain resolute that working with each of the survivors individually and collectively the process can bring a measure of disclosure, exposure and then some closure."

At issue, the release of secret documents that Anderson believes will show a pattern of cover up and might also indicate where church funds may have been diverted so victims could gain access to that money as part of compensation.

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