Archdiocese Offers Mediation to Settle Lawsuit

October 15, 2010

[with video]

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee archbishop announced he will meet with clergy sex abuse victims on Monday.

The plan is to urge victims to enter into mediation to resolve lawsuits brought against the church.

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki held a Red Mass on Thursday celebrated by people in the legal profession.

Earlier in the week, Listecki said he will participate in the mediation.

The Survivors' Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said it applauds the archbishop's effort; however, it said for the mediation to be successful the archdiocese needs to release the names and offenses of sex offenders in the clergy.

"…Who is served by keeping those names secret? Who is served by keeping those files secret?" Peter Isely, of SNAP asked.

Listecki said the archdiocese is willing to do everything possible to bring some closure and peace.

"It seems mediation affords that opportunity," he said.

The archbishop said he hasn't heard directly from SNAP and was therefore unable to comment on specific requests.

Mediation will take place in Chicago, and a retired Cook County judge will serve as the independent mediator, according to Listecki.


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