Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki & Abuse Victims to Begin Mediation Process

By Angelica Duria
Fox 6
October 14, 2010,0,4892379.story

[with video]

A group of sex abuse victims is asking the Milwaukee archbishop for the names of the top five sex offender priests, and they want the list by Monday October 11th.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests known as SNAP stood in front of Old St. Mary's Church in downtown Milwaukee with a letter of concerns addressed to Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki.

Listecki will go into mediation in an attempt to settle more than a dozen fraud lawsuits of priest sexual abuse. He says, "Our aspect is to positively try to approach the victim survivors, and to help put some peace and closure to them." SNAP is questioning the sincerity of Listecki's actions.

They say money and secrecy are the underlying reasons why the church is going into mediation instead of going to trial. They feel that goes against what they say are the victim's real goals, accountability and transparency.

Priest victim John Pilmaier says, "In order to heal, in order to bring closure to this, we want the truth about what happened to us as children. It's a terrible thing for a faith institution to conceal the truth, conceal the cover up."

They're asking Listecki to complete three actions by Monday. SNAP wants them to post on the Archdiocese's website names of the five worst child molesters, post summary reports of the four priests involved in the case, and send a letter to the governor asking to put "clerical molestation" on the state sex offender registry.

Listecki is confident the mediation will produce a successful outcome.

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