Archdiocese of Milwaukee Records
Regarding Father Franklyn Becker

JS Online
January 31, 2008

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee released today as part of a $16.65 million settlement of civil lawsuits in California more than 800 pages of documents compiled by the archdiocese on a priest, Franklyn Becker, accused of sexual abuse. Here are some of the key documents among those released.

Vicar's log

These entries about Father Franklyn Becker are from the vicar's log, a daily diary kept by the vicar, who is the priest in charge of personnel matters involving priests in the archdiocese. Go to document

History of Becker's assignments

This is a history of Becker's assignments, and a notation about the decrees issued in 2002 and 2003 that restricted his ministry. Go to document

Nine complaints against Becker

A summary of incidents of abuse that occurred from 1966 to 1982. Go to document

Becker letter to Archbishop Rembert Weakland

A letter that Becker wrote to Archbishop Rembert Weakland in February 1980, apologizing for an incident with a boy, and describing the frequent presence of teenage boys at night in the housing he shared with another priest was "tantalizing to say the least." Go to document

Letter to Father Joseph Janicki

This was written in 1983 to alert Father Janicki to efforts by Becker to re-establish contact with a teenage boy he had had a relationship with. Go to document

Letter from Weakland to Becker

In this August 1983 letter, Archbishop Rembert Weakland cautioned Becker that if his "personal problems" persisted, he faced being stripped of all priestly privileges, including financial support from the archdiocese. Go to document

Psychological exam

A report made to the archdiocese of a psychological evaluation of Franklyn Becker conducted by Paul M. Midden in 1996. Go to document

Piasecki letter to Weakland

A letter about Becker sent to Weakland and other archdiocesan officials in 1996 by Liz Piasecki, who headed the archdiocesan program for victims of sexual abuse. Go to document

Letter from Becker to an attorney for the archdiocese

Becker writes in October 2007 to ask that these court files not be released. Go to document


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