Milwaukee Archdiocese Releases Records of Priestly Sex Abuse

dolan-milwaukee-280In other news, church files made public this week by the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee show that priests accused of sexual abuse were often transferred between parishes instead of being removed from the priesthood. The former archbishop of Milwaukee, Timothy Dolan, now a cardinal and head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, was not involved in that practice, but questions have arisen over how he responded to the scandal. The documents confirm that accused priests were paid up to $20,000 to leave the priesthood and that church funds were moved into a trust so the money would be protected from “legal claim and liability.” Dolan denies any wrongdoing.