Archdiocese: Suspected abuser priests were paid to leave

Jun 1 2012 - 5:36pm

MILWAUKEE -- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee confirmed Wednesday that it had a policy to pay suspected pedophile priests to leave the ministry.

The acknowledgement was prompted by a document made public by abuse victims' advocates from the archdiocese's bankruptcy that references a 2003 proposal to pay $20,000 to "unassignable priests" who accepted a return to the laity. The policy was crafted under then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is now a cardinal and head of the archdiocese in New York.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is calling on the archdiocese to release all records involving the payments and its handling of clergy sex abuse cases.

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