Milwaukee Archdiocese releases personnel files about clergy sex abuse


by Becky Mortensen
by Laura Rodriguez

MILWAUKEE --- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee released 6,000 pages of information about sexual abuse in the church.

Forty-five offender names were listed on the archdiocese website with detailed timelines of abuse reports, discussions with attorneys, and correspondence between archbishops and the offenders.

One case in the documents includes a priest admitting to giving alcohol to minors and then laying in sexual positions with them.

"It's a step forward for the church and we need to keep moving forward as an institution. We need to keep moving forward as a society and combat this issue of sexual abuse against minors," said Jerry Topczewski, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

According to the archdiocese, the process for sex abuse allegations is to first restrict clergy from ministry, then send the information to the District Attorney, and lastly the archdiocese conducts and independent investigation.

The documents were released as part of a deal reached in court after sex abuse victims sued the church for fraud.

Depositions from top church officials were also included in the files. One of those officials is New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the former head of the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

 To read the documents in full go to the newslinks section of this website or :


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