Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop Retires

The Leader-Telegram
October 20, 2010

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee auxiliary bishop known for ecumenical relations and later accused of covering up abuse by clergy has retired.

Richard Sklba turned 75 on Sept. 11. All Catholic bishops are required to retire when they reach 75.

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki calls Sklba a "selfless and faithful servant."

But, victims of sexual abuse by clergy members accuse Sklba of participating with then-Archbishop Rembert Weakland in an alleged coverup of numerous cases of sex abuse by local clergy.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Sklba acknowledged in a 2002 letter to an abusive priest's parish that he accepted his "own share in responsibility for the culture of silence in the church."

Sklba was born in Racine and educated in Rome. He was one of the nation's youngest bishops when he was installed as auxiliary bishop in Milwaukee in 1979.

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