Priest Abuse Survivors Release More Church Testimony

By Elizabeth Braun

November 21, 2008

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New evidence shows former Archbishop Rembert Weakland and another church leader may have hidden abuse cases.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP has released more tapes of former Archbishop Rembert Weakland discussing sex abuse in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

In the tapes, Weakland says Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba may have been involved in cover-ups.

He can be heard saying "He was the auxiliary bishop, so I would say he was my main go-to guy on many things"

The tapes also show Weakland discussing how documents relating to abuse cases were destroyed.

"As I understood it, after a certain period it was to be destroyed and no one was permitted to see it but the person, the priest who had signed off on it," Weakland says in the video.

SNAP has given a copy of the tapes to the Milwaukee County District Attorney to see if the destruction of those documents was illegal.

The Archdiocese admits there were problems back then, but says things have changed.


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