Archdiocese Paid Abusive Priests to Leave Ministry

Wisconsin State Journal
May 31, 2012

MILWAUKEE The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has confirmed that it paid suspected pedophile priests to leave the ministry.

That comes after a document surfaced in the archdiocese's bankruptcy discussing a 2003 proposal to pay $20,000 to "unassignable priests" who accept a return to the laity.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests characterizes the payments as a payoff and bonuses to priests who molested children. The group is calling on the archdiocese to release all records involving the payments and its handling of clergy sex abuse cases.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese disputes the characterization as a payoff. She tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the money was meant to help the men transition back into lay life.


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