Probe sought of abusers in bankruptcy settlement


MILWAUKEE (AP) — A bankruptcy reorganization plan filed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee would add 33 victims to the group receiving payouts for clergy abuse. But advocates for those victims claim that the reorganization would hide documents on abuse by priests who haven’t been publicly identified before.

Peter Isely of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests told reporters Wednesday that all of the cases should be investigated by an independent panel so the abusers can be prosecuted and prevented from harming more children.

In a statement, the Milwaukee archdiocese responded that it has “worked closely with abuse survivor attorneys to provide full transparency” and has taken steps “to ensure the safety of children.”

The reorganization plan needs approval from creditors and a bankruptcy judge. A confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin Nov. 9.

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