Some victims say archdiocese’s plan doesn’t go far enough

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

A group of victims with claims in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy on Tuesday criticized its latest reorganization plan as inadequate, saying it does not do enough to ensure the protection of children or hold the archdiocese accountable for its past actions.

In a news conference on the steps of the federal courthouse in Milwaukee, victims called for an independent review of the estimated 570 claims filed by men and women detailing their sexual abuse as children by priests and others connected with the 10-county archdiocese.

And they said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley should release all claims now under seal — redacted to shield victims — so the public can assess for itself the scope of the abuse scandal in southeastern Wisconsin and whether the church has done enough to protect children.

“All of these reports need to be investigated,” said Peter Isely of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He cited assertions by victims’ attorneys in court that the sealed records identify at least 100 offenders whose names have never been made public.

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