Former Milwaukee Priest Accused of Child Abuse

By Hannah Schtein
Wisconsin Public Radio

July 15, 2008

(MILWAUKEE) A Massachusetts man who says he was abused by a priest has come to Wisconsin for help.

Yesterday, Bill Nash asked Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan to help remove a priest who formerly worked in the area. Nash says Father James Tully abused him in 1986 when he was a child, and continues to have access to children at his current job in Italy.

Nash is asking the Archbishop to forward Tully's criminal records to the Vatican. Nash hopes this will prompt Pope Benedict to act on his promise to remove all pedophiles from the priesthood.

"I provided him with documented evidence, including criminal records, settlements. And with that evidence, which is very clear, he should act and put the words that he spoke to the world to action," Nash said.

The Archdiocese declined to comment on the request, saying that Tully is a member of a religious order.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese has agreed to sell its large lakefront property in Milwaukee, known as the Cousins Center, to Cardinal Stritch University. The Archdiocese is trying to repay a multi-million dollar loan obtained to reach settlements with California victims of former Wisconsin priests.


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