Abused In Wisconsin
Abused in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy

News

Blog

Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Clergy Sex Abuse

St. John's School for the Deaf

Suvivor Stories

Video

About Us

FAQ

Contact Us

Abused In Wisconsin

Abused In Wisconsin

Facebook Twitter YouTube

News





Judges Question Use of Archdiocese Trust Fund

June 2, 2014

Associated Press

Federal appeals court judges on Monday questioned the bankrupt Archdiocese of Milwaukee's claim that it needs all the money in a $55 million trust fund to maintain its cemeteries and asked whether some could be used to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse without violating the

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/religious-freedom-law-focus-church-bankruptcy-23952463





Leader-Telegram

Attorney: More Van de Loo victims

January 31, 2014

By Dan Holtz Leader-Telegram staff

Prosecution attorneys rested their case Thursday in the sexual assault trial of former Eau Claire pediatrician David Van de Loo at the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior.

Read more





JSOnline

Archdiocesan reorganization plan raises fairness questions

February 15, 2014

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

When Archbishop Jerome Listecki announced that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee was filing for bankruptcy three years ago, he said it was the only way to ensure the local church could continue its mission and operations, and treat childhood victims of sexual abuse — many of whom had begun to sue — "equitably."

Read more





Leader-Telegram

Prosecution rests case against Van de Loo

January 31, 2014

By Dan Holtz Leader-Telegram staff

Prosecution attorneys rested their case Thursday in the sexual assault trial of former Eau Claire pediatrician David Van de Loo at the Douglas County Courthouse in Superior.

Read more





Pioneer Press

Milwaukee: Judge limits abuse victim's claim against archdiocese

October 22, 2013

By M.L. Johnson Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- A clergy sexual abuse victim who received $80,000 from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee during mediation cannot seek additional compensation in bankruptcy court, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Read more





Leader-Telegram

Van de Loo faces more lawsuits

October 5, 2013

By Leader-Telegram

The civil suits, filed in Eau Claire County, are the sixth and seventh against the 60-year-old Van de Loo, who also is facing criminal charges accusing him of inappropriate contact with 16 former male patients while employed as a pediatrician and sports medicine physician for Mayo Clinic Health System.

Read more





JSOnline

Judge won't recuse self in archdiocese's cemetery trust case

October 1, 2013

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa on Tuesday refused to recuse himself from a lawsuit involving the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's cemetery trust, calling the motion requesting that he do so a waste of time and judicial resources.

Read more





Kare11

Internet child sex predator sting nets 16 Wis. men

Septemeber 24, 2013

By Garnet News Service

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Sixteen men, including two with connections to the Green Bay School District, have been snagged in an extensive online sting called Operation Black Veil II that targeted Internet child sex predators and stretched across several counties.

Read more





JSOnline

Milwaukee Archdiocese, insurers may be near settlement on abuse claims

Septemeber 13, 2013

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and its insurance companies may be poised to reach a settlement that could fast track a resolution of its nearly 3-year-old bankruptcy, but lawyers for sex abuse victims with claims against the church are objecting, saying any settlement talks must include victim-survivors.

Read more





JSOnline

Milwaukee Archdiocese lawyers dispute conflict claim leveled at judge

Septemeber 4, 2013

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Lawyers for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's $50 million-plus cemetery trust say efforts to force a federal judge to set aside his recent decision in favor of the church and recuse himself from the case border on frivolous and amount to judge shopping, according to a new brief filed in the lawsuit.

Read more





JSOnline

Milwaukee Archdiocese's creditors want ruling halted, judge off case

August 14, 2013

By Bruce Vielmetti and Karen Herzog

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee's creditors have filed motions asking the federal judge in the church's bankruptcy case to set aside a key ruling and recuse himself from the case over a potential conflict of interest.

Read more





Decision on Milwaukee archdiocese's cemetery funds could have range of implications

August 8, 2013

By Brian Roewe Marie Rohde

Milwaukee - A federal judge's decision that creditors cannot access funds in a separate cemetery trust as part of the Milwaukee archdiocese's bankruptcy proceedings could have a wide range of implications should it outlast a possible appeal regarding the judge's familial ties to the cemeteries.

Read more: http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/decision-milwaukee-archdioceses-cemetery-funds-could-have-range-implications





JSOnline

Judge orders Milwaukee archdiocese to release cemetery documents

August 08, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee must release to its bankruptcy creditors documents that could show whether a federal judge, who sided with the church on a key issue involving its cemeteries, might have had a conflict of interest that should have been disclosed, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley ruled Thursday.

Read more





JSOnline

In victory for Milwaukee Archdiocese, judge shields cemetery funds from creditors

July 30, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

In a major victory for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a federal judge ruled that funds set aside for cemetery operations cannot be tapped to pay sex abuse settlements in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case.

Read more





JSOnline

Milwaukee education leader arrested on child sex assault allegation

July 29, 2013

By Erin Richards and Ashley Luthern of the Journal Sentinel

A prominent education leader in Milwaukee was fired Monday from his role heading up a major new charter school operation opening this fall after news he was arrested Friday on accusations of sexually assaulting a child.

Read more





timesunion.com

Milwaukee teacher pleads not guilty to sex assault

July 29, 2013 | Timesunion.com

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Catholic high school teacher in Milwaukee has pleaded not guilty to charges that she sexually assaulted two male students.

Read more...





JSOnline

Multiple issues still await resolution in complex church bankruptcy

July 18, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

Following the recent release of documents on the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee's handling of sex abuse cases, the local church's immensely complex 3-year-old bankruptcy case is now poised to resume playing out at three levels of the federal court system.

Read more





CNN

Editorial: Release of clergy abuse records may help rebuild trust

July 9, 2013

Last week, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee released an estimated 6,000 pages of documents related to clergy sex abuse. It is believed this is only a tenth of all the information given to victims’ attorneys during litigation.

Read more: v





Washington Times

New York’s Cardinal Dolan accused of shielding pedophile priests: documents

July 2, 2013 | By Cheryl K. Chumley

The Catholic Church in Milwaukee shielded and defended from prosecution numerous priests accused of pedophilia, hundreds of newly released documents show. And among the document dump: New revelations that New York’s archbishop helped shield the church from the financial hit it was taking from sexual abuse charges.

Read more...





TMJ4

Clergy sex abuse victim speaks out against abuser

July 1, 2013

By Rachael Glaszcz

Steve Geier attended St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis years ago. He claims Fr. Lawrence Murphy sexually abused him and his classmates over and over again.

Read more: http://www.todaystmj4.com/wisconsintonight/213916941.html





JSOnline

Capuchins admit mishandling Wisconsin sex abuse cases in new audit

June 19, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

In what's being touted as a first-of-its-kind voluntary airing of a Catholic religious order's culpability in the church's sexual abuse crisis, a branch of the Capuchin Franciscans on Tuesday issued an independent auditrecounting its own history of sexual abuse of young people and coverups that spanned decades.

Read more





NBC 15

Priest cleared of sex abuse allegations by Green Bay Diocese

June 16, 2013

By Associated Press

The diocese issued a statement Saturday saying an investigator it hired concluded the allegations were unsubstantiated. So Bishop David Ricken has lifted all restrictions on public ministry against the Rev. Justin Werner.

Read more



NJ.com

Furor grows over Newark archbishop's stance on priest banned from ministry with children

April 30, 2013

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger

Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers came under fierce criticism Monday for his handling of a priest who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a lifetime ban on ministry to children.

Read more



Fox6 Now

Benedictine monk charged with attempted child abduction

April 28, 2013

By Katie DeLong and Chip Brewster

BEAVER DAM –- A 27-year-old Beaver Dam man faces new charges after a federal investigation known as “Operation Sunflower” was executed.

Read more: http://fox6now.com/2013/04/28/snap-benedictine-monk-from-milw-archdiocese-charged/





JSOnline

Milwaukee Catholic officials knew of California sex abuse allegations against priest

April 17, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

Catholic Church officials in Milwaukee had known for 10 months that Father Robert Marsicek was under investigation on suspicion of molesting two children in California, according to the Sacramento diocese.

Read more: v





JSOnline

Archdiocese of Milwaukee to release sex abuse records

April 3, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

In a major development in its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Wednesday that it will make public thousands of pages of documents detailing its handling of clergy sex abuse cases dating back decades.

Read more: v





JSOnline

Pius X priest suspended after teacher questions his behavior with child

April 1, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

A Catholic priest has been temporarily suspended from ministry at two parishes and elementary schools, pending a Wauwatosa police investigation into allegations involving inappropriate contact with a student, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and his religious order confirmed Monday.

Read more: v





JSOnline

Lawyer wants girl charged for nude photos she sent to teacher

March 22, 2013

By Bruce Vielmetti

The attorney for a former Hales Corners teacher facing charges he had sex with a female student has asked a judge to charge the girl with distributing child pornography - for sending nude photos of herself to the teacher.

Read more: v





JSOnline

2 brothers who settled Green Bay priest abuse case to speak out today

March 22, 2013

By Ashley Luthern

Two brothers sexually assaulted by a priest in Outagamie County in the 1970s plan to speak out today after receiving a $700,000 settlement with the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

Todd Merryfield and Troy Merryfield have called a news conference at 1:30 p.m. at Green Bay Catholic Cathedral and will be joined by leaders of SNAP, The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Read more: v





CNN

Green Bay Catholic Diocese pays $700K to settle sex abuse case, apologizes

March 19, 2013

By Jim Collar

APPLETON — The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay agreed to pay $700,000 in settlement of a civil lawsuit brought by two brothers who were molested by the Rev. John Feeney in the 1970s.

Read more: v





JSOnline

Creditors fire back in Archdiocese of Milwaukee's sex abuse bankruptcy

March 13, 2013

By Ashley Luthern

A Milwaukee elementary schoolteacher has pleaded not guilty to charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted one of his students beginning in September 2010.

Read more: v





CNN

Did church hide funds from abuse victims?

February 21, 2013

By Ted Rowlands

CNN's Ted Rowlands investigates allegations that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is hiding funds from sex abuse victims.

Read more: v





The New York Times

New York Cardinal to Be Deposed in Milwaukee Archdiocese Scandal

February 20, 2013

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, will be deposed on Wednesday afternoon by lawyers representing hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, where Cardinal Dolan served before his appointment to New York in 2009.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/nyregion/cardinal-dolan-deposition-in-milwaukee-archdiocese-scandal.html?_r=1&





JSOnline

Mount Calvary priest removed amid abuse allegations

February 19, 2013

By Gannett Wisconsin Media

MOUNT CALVARY — Fr. Dennis Druggan, president and rector of St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary, has been removed from public ministry due to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Read more: http://www.fdlreporter.com/article/20130219/FON0101/130219010/Mt-Calvary-priest-removed-amid-abuse-allegations?gcheck=1





JSOnline

Creditors fire back in Archdiocese of Milwaukee's sex abuse bankruptcy

February 9, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy is at risk of becoming the first of its kind in the nation to fail to compensate sex abuse victims equitably, creditors say in a court filing this week.

Read more: v





JSOnline

Mahony canceled Milwaukee appearance before sanction

February 6, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

UPDATE: Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, censured by his successor last week for his handling of the sex abuse crisis there during his tenure, will not speak as planned at a Milwaukee area priests conference in May, organizers said today.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/190078341.html





Milwaukee priest proposes replacing Mahony speech with conference on sex abuse

February 5, 2013

By Tom Roberts

A priest from the Milwaukee archdiocese has proposed replacing a talk from retired Cardinal Roger Mahony at a spring meeting of priests with a wide-ranging conference on the priest sex abuse crisis.

Fr. Jim Connell, an advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse, sent an open email to Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki asking for the cardinal's spot to be given to a range of experts as well as those directly affected by the scandal. Mahony, who was recently publicly rebuked for failing to protect children, is scheduled to give a speech titled "In Christ, There Is No East or West: Embracing Our Diversity and the Social Message of Jesus" during the May 6-8 Spring Assembly of Priests.

Read more: http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/milwaukee-priest-proposes-replacing-mahony-speech-conference-sex-abuse





JSOnline

Milwaukee Archdiocese says it's going broke

January 24, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is hemorrhaging money on legal and professional fees as a result of its bankruptcy and will be unable to pay its monthly operating expenses beginning in April unless the judge suspends those payments, it says in court documents filed Thursday.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/milwaukee-archdiocese-says-its-going-broke-628gmme-188309451.html





JSOnline

Archdiocese to release information about defrocked priest to police

January 17, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Thursday it will allow a Fond du Lac police detective to review the file of a defrocked priest as part of an ongoing sex-abuse investigation there, in response to a motion filed the same day by sex-abuse victims in its bankruptcy case.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/187359501.html#comments





Huffington Post

Cardinal Dolan and the Dead Lose One to the Living

January 17, 2013

By Michael D'Antonio

Who is more deserving: victims of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, or dead people moldering their graves?

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-dantonio/cardinal-dolan-and-the-dead-lose-one-to-the-living_b_2463678.html





JSOnline

Victims seek public release of documents in archdiocese bankruptcy

January 17, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

Lawyers for sex-abuse victims in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy are asking the judge to make public all records involving credibly accused priests, depositions and other sealed documents, saying the move is needed to protect children.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/187322581.html





WEAU.com

Milwaukee Archdiocese and creditors battle over cemetery funds

January 16, 2013

By Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram

The Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese may ask a second court this week to review a ruling about cemetery funds and religious freedom. The issue could be key to the church's ongoing bankruptcy case and any settlement with clergy abuse victims.

Read more: http://www.superiortelegram.com/event/article/id/73868/group/News/





JSOnline

First Amendment no protection for Archdiocese cemetery funds

January 11, 2013

By Annysa Johnson

Taking funds the Archdiocese of Milwaukee set aside for cemetery operations to help settle its bankruptcy debts would not hinder its free exercise of religion under the First Amendment and a 1993 federal law aimed at protecting religious freedom, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley said in a hearing Friday.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/judge-says-cemetery-fund-is-part-of-milwaukee-archdioceses-bankruptcy-estate-5s8bldr-186573221.html





WEAU.com

New civil charges against pediatrician, clinic

January 10, 2013

By Kevin Hurd

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Minneapolis attorney Jeff Anderson held a news conference Wednesday, announcing civil charges filed against Dr. David Van de Loo and his former employer, Mayo Clinic Health System.

Read more: http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/New-civil-charges-against--186412991.html





WEAU.com

Attorneys to file second lawsuit against pediatrician, health care center

January 9, 2013

By WEAU 13 News Staff

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WEAU) – A pair of Minnesota attorneys say another civil lawsuit will be filed against a pediatrician and Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.

Read more: http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Attorneys-to-file-second-lawsuit-against-pediatrician-health-care-center-186236342.html





HBO to Premiere Documentary MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, 2/4

January 4, 2013

By TV News Desk

From the row houses of Milwaukee through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican, it was an international and systematic conspiracy to silence victims of sexual abuse. MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, directed by Alex Gibney (HBO's Oscar-winning "Taxi to the Dark Side"), shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that they can do no wrong, because they stand for good. The shocking documentary debuts MONDAY, FEB. 4 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Read more: http://tv.broadwayworld.com/article/HBO-to-Premiere-Documentary-MEA-MAXIMA-CULPA-SILENCE-IN-THE-HOUSE-OF-GOD-24-20130104





Fox6 Now

Man facing child sexual assault charges, caught in ICE bust

January 3, 2013

By Chip Brewster

BEAVER DAM –- A 27-year-old Beaver Dam man faces new charges after a federal investigation known as “Operation Sunflower” was executed.

Read more: http://fox6now.com/2013/01/03/milwaukee-man-facing-child-sexual-assault-charges-caught-in-ice-bust/





JSOnline

Names added to list of leaders accused of abusing Boy Scouts in Wisconsin

December 29, 2012

By Raquel Rutledge of the Journal Sentinel

Twenty more names have been added to the list of Boy Scout leaders and volunteers accused of sexually assaulting children in Wisconsin over the last several decades. The newest additions, published by the Los Angeles Times last week, involve mostly cases from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/names-added-to-list-of-leaders-accused-of-abusing-scouts-pf86mfq-185171842.html





wisconsinrapidstribune.com

High caseloads, state regulations pressure child abuse investigators

December 16, 2012

By Adam Rodewald

On a recent Friday, Wendy Axt raced to an emergency call from the Portage County Sheriff’s Department to investigate an allegation of child abuse — one more complicated case added to the list of about 40 others sitting on her desk.

Read more: http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/article/20121216/WRT01/312160356/High-caseloads-state-regulations-pressure-child-abuse-investigators?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1





JSOnline

$35 million in parish investment funds off the table in sex abuse case

December 11, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Creditors in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy cannot sue to recover more than $35 million in parish investment funds that the archdiocese moved off its books in 2005, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/35-million-in-parish-investment-funds-off-the-table-in-sex-abuse-case-c07uqgs-182916681.html





JSOnline

Ex-Big Brothers chief faces child-abuse trial

December 01, 2012

By Associated Press

Elkhorn - A former president of Big Brothers Big Sisters in southeastern Wisconsin is scheduled to face trial on charges of child sexual abuse.

Read more: http://m.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/exbig-brothers-chief-faces-childabuse-trial-8m7sao2-181693991.html





JSOnline

Judge lets archdiocese bankruptcy abuse ruling stand

October 29, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

A federal judge on Monday handed partial victories to both the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the sex abuse victims who make up the vast majority of creditors in its bankruptcy.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/milwaukee-archdiocese-bankruptcy-creditors-to-enter-mediation-r960mvk-161244745.html





TMJ4

Film depicting Catholic Church sex abuse scandal makes Milwaukee debut

October 05, 2012

By WTMJ News Team

MILWAUKEE- A film on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal is getting a lot attention, and the movie makes its Milwaukee debut Friday night.

Read more: http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/172900761.html





Pioneer Press

Retrial ordered in abuse victims' fraud claim against diocese

July 18, 2012

By Associated Press

A judge on Wednesday ordered a new trial for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay in a civil fraud lawsuit brought by two childhood victims of clergy abuse.

Read more: http://www.twincities.com/portal/localnews/ci_21103918/judge-orders-retrial-wisconsin-diocese-fraud-case?_loopback=1





The Post Crescent

Church argues for new trial or dismissal in priest sex abuse case

July 17, 2012

By Jim Collar | Post-Crescent staff writer

APPLETON — A judge could rule as soon as Wednesday whether to order a retrial in the civil fraud verdict against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, which claims a juror was biased against the church.

Read more: http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20120717/APC0101/307170235/Church-argues-new-trial-dismissal-priest-sex-abuse-case-story-video-?odyssey=nav|head&nclick_check=1





KAJ18

Ex-Montana priest put on leave for allegations of child sex abuse 25 years ago

July 17, 2012

By MTN News

A Catholic priest accused of sexual misconduct with a Montana child more than 25 years ago is now placed on administrative leave from his position in Wisconsin.

Read more: http://www.kaj18.com/news/ex-montana-priest-put-on-leave-for-allegations-of-child-sex-abuse-25-years-ago/





JSOnline

Milwaukee Archdiocese, bankruptcy creditors to enter mediation

July 3, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and its bankruptcy creditors, most of them known or alleged victims of child sexual abuse, agreed Tuesday to enter mediation, a signal that one of the nation's largest Catholic Church bankruptcies to date may be nearing a resolution.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/milwaukee-archdiocese-bankruptcy-creditors-to-enter-mediation-r960mvk-161244745.html





JSOnline

Waukesha priest on leave after sex abuse allegation

June 10, 2012

By Gitte Laasby of the Journal Sentinel

A Waukesha priest has been put on administrative leave just two weeks before he was scheduled to retire because allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a minor three decades ago, Milwaukee Archdiocese officials announced over the weekend.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/archdiocese-suspends-waukesha-priest-after-sex-abuse-allegation-g75nm2m-158378795.html





Ex-Priest: Archdiocese Payment Helped in New Life

May 31, 2012

Associated Press

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and a former priest who received money to leave the ministry following allegations of sexual abuse say the payment was a form of charity meant to help men transition to a new life following the priesthood.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/priest-archdiocese-payment-helped-life-16467392#.T8fPDcWwXTe





JSOnline

Archdiocese clears priest in sex abuse; Vatican may take up another's case

May 10, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

A Waukesha County Catholic priest, who was placed on leave because of a 20-year-old sex abuse allegation, is being returned to ministry after Archbishop Jerome Listecki ruled the allegation unsubstantiated, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Thursday.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/151004365.html#!page=1&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst





JSOnline

Milwaukee Archdiocese, creditors ordered to negotiate

May 3, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The judge in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy case has ordered the church and its creditors to begin "meaningful settlement negotiations." And, depending on their progress, she could order them into mediation aimed at hammering out an agreement as early as June.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/lawyers-in-milwaukee-archdiocese-bankruptcy-case-seek-mediator-threaten-to-sue-8356puk-149333935.html





The Post Crescent

Analysis: Wisconsin counties fall short of child abuse standards

April 28, 2012

By Adam Rodewald | Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team

Two-year-old Jovani Martinez was killed over spilled milk.

In March 2010, the 40-year-old boyfriend of the toddler’s mother became enraged and punched the little boy repeatedly for shaking his bottle and sprinkling milk on his newborn sister. The blows perforated the Racine boy’s intestines, cracked his ribs, and lacerated his liver and pancreas. Jovani’s mother waited several days before taking him to the hospital, where he died.

Read more: http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20120429/APC0101/304290072/Holes-safety-net?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE





JSOnline

Lawyers in Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy case seek mediator

April 27, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Lawyers for creditors in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy on Friday threatened to sue to recover $35 million it says the archdiocese fraudulently transferred to a parish trust before filing for Chapter 11 and asked the judge to appoint a mediator as a first step toward a settlement of the 14-month-old case.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/lawyers-in-milwaukee-archdiocese-bankruptcy-case-seek-mediator-threaten-to-sue-8356puk-149333935.html





JSOnline

Archdiocese files new round of objections to block sex abuse claims

April 26, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has filed a new round of motions in its bankruptcy case in an effort to throw out certain claims filed by individuals who say they were molested as children by clergy or others associated with the archdiocese.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/149128065.html?page=1#!page=1&viewAll=0&sort=newestfirst





JSOnline

Victims' attorney appeals ruling on sealed testimony of bishops

April 23, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

An attorney for 350 alleged victims in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy has appealed the judge's April 5 decision to keep sealed depositions of retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Richard Sklba, along with related documents.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/148554615.html





JSOnline

Judge won't unseal documents in Milwaukee archdiocesan bankruptcy case

April 05, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley on Thursday morning denied a motion by attorneys to unseal certain documents in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's federal bankruptcy case, saying the material is scandalous and could potentially identify victims.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/judge-wont-unseal-documents-in-milwaukee-archdiocesan-bankruptcy-case-2s4st2c-146299095.html





JSOnline

Judge to weigh unsealing archdiocese records

April 04, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The judge in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy will hear arguments Thursday on whether to unseal evidence expected to shed light on the scope of the church sex abuse scandal in southeastern Wisconsin and how the archdiocese handled allegations involving children over decades.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/judge-to-weigh-unsealing-records-5h4rdak-146208085.html





JSOnline

Atonement requires revealing the truth

April 03, 2012

By Peter Isely and James Connell

In a long-awaited court motion to be heard on Thursday in federal bankruptcy court in Milwaukee, 570 victims/survivors of childhood rape and sexual assault by Catholic clergy and other church personnel will petition Judge Susan V. Kelley to release the sealed testimony of the two former Milwaukee bishops most responsible for decades of concealing and transferring known offender priests, Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Bishop Richard Sklba.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/atonement-requires-revealing-the-truth-rh4rudc-146015905.html





Fox6 Now

Group calls for all priest-abuse documents to be released

March 29, 2012

By Myra Sanchick and Brandon Cruz

A group representing survivors of priest abuse is asking that the Milwaukee Archdiocese open all its documents relating to its investigations and recent depositions in court. This, on a day of reflection and remorse for the church.

Read more: http://fox6now.com/2012/03/29/group-calls-for-all-priest-abuse-documents-to-be-released/





JSOnline

Waukesha priest put on leave after sexual assault allegation

March 18, 2012

By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel

Father Mark Molling of St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot was placed on leave while the Archdiocese of Milwaukee investigates an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the mid-1990s, according to an email sent by Archbishop Jerome Listecki.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/waukesha-priest-put-on-leave-after-sexual-assault-allegation-6j4klep-143272776.html





JSOnline

Sex-abuse allegations in bankruptcy case reveal no safety crisis, judge says

February 29, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The judge in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy case said Wednesday that she sees no current child safety crisis in the 550-plus sex-abuse claims filed in the case, suggesting that claims to the contrary - by victims' advocates and lawmakers - distort statements made by attorneys in a Feb. 9 hearing.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/sex-abuse-allegations-in-bankruptcy-case-reveal-no-safety-crisis-judge-says-184copn-140911043.html





JSOnline

Archdiocese Bankruptcy Case Heads Back To Court

February 29, 2012

wisn.com

The bankruptcy case of the Milwaukee Archdiocese heads back to a federal courtroom Wednesday as an advocacy group has asked the state's attorney general to review abuse claims.

Read more: http://www.wisn.com/r/30567998/detail.html





JSOnline

Victims' attorneys move to unseal certain documents in archdiocese bankruptcy

February 28, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Attorneys for sex abuse victims in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy are asking the court to unseal thousands of pages of documents they say will show the breadth and scope of the sex abuse crisis, and alleged coverup, in the local church over the last half century.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/140722403.html





JSOnline

Archdiocese seeks court ruling to refute abuse allegation

February 21, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee signaled Tuesday that it will move to deny an assertion by a victims' attorney that claims filed in its bankruptcy detail 8,000 incidents of sexual abuse and name as many as 100 offenders not previously identified by the archdiocese.

The move comes a day after nine legislators asked Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to investigate the alleged offenses and anyone who might have concealed sex crimes against children.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/archdiocese-seeks-court-ruling-to-refute-abuse-allegation-0449mnn-139920953.html





JSOnline

9 Democrats call for church abuse probe

February 20, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Nine Democratic lawmakers called on the state's attorney general Monday to investigate 8,000 alleged sex offenses and as many as 100 previously unidentified offenders an attorney says are described in documents filed in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/9-democrats-call-for-church-abuse-probe-v5497d5-139778683.html





NPR

Bankrupt Wis. Church Tries To Limit Abuse Claims

February 16, 2012

By Chuck Quirmbach

Nine Catholic archdioceses around the country have filed for bankruptcy over the past decade, including the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In each case, this followed multimillion-dollar claims from victims sexually abused by priests and other Church employees.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/16/146995458/bankrupt-wis-church-tries-to-limit-abuse-claims





JSOnline

8,000 instances of abuse alleged in Archdiocese bankruptcy hearing

February 9, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sealed documents filed in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy identify at least 8,000 instances of child sexual abuse and 100 alleged offenders - 75 of them priests - who have not previously been named by the archdiocese, a victims' attorney said Thursday.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/archdiocese-bankruptcy-judge-allows-two-claims-to-stand-me44pue-139044534.html





JSOnline

Abuse victims missed timeline for claims, archdiocese argues

February 8, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee will argue Thursday in court that victims of clergy sexual abuse had enough information on the church's handling of cases to have filed fraud claims years earlier, according to newly unsealed documents in the archdiocese's bankruptcy.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/abuse-victims-should-have-suspected-fraud-archdiocese-argues-in-court-case-ef411d1-138985599.html





Archdiocese asks judge to weigh objections to claims

February 2, 2012

Associated Press

Milwaukee's Roman Catholic archdiocese will ask a judge on Thursday to throw out hundreds of sexual abuse claims that have thrust it into bankruptcy, triggering a court battle and rekindling anger at the church's mishandling of abusive clergy.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/08/usa-church-abuse-bankruptcy-idUSL2E8D7DQ320120208





Victims caught up in Milwaukee's 'shell game'

January 31, 2012

By Mark Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Archdiocese's move to shield cemetery assets pits the living against the dead

Dead Catholics have a vested interest in reducing settlements to clergy abuse survivors in Milwaukee, thanks to a shift of $55.6 million on the church balance sheets by then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan in 2008.

Read more: http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/victims-caught-milwaukees-shell-game





JSOnline

Archdiocese's strategy might disqualify abuse victims

January 13, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

With just weeks to go before a Feb. 1 deadline in its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is casting a wide net in search of clergy sex abuse victims who might seek to file claims, publishing ads in state and national newspapers and asking its parishes and schools to spread the word.

At the same time, victims advocates say, the archdiocese is embarking on a legal strategy that could result in the vast majority of the nearly 200 sex abuse claims filed to date being thrown out of court, leaving those victims ineligible for a financial settlement from the church - and perhaps changing the trajectory of the bankruptcy case.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/archdioceses-strategy-might-disqualify-abuse-victims-em3nrlg-137263853.html

JSOnline

Priests join victims in call for justice

December 27, 2011

By Mark Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Calling it a historic chapter in the history of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a group of victims and priests has banded together to call for more transparency from church officials and to urge other victims to come forward and file for restitution in federal bankruptcy court before a Feb. 1 deadline.

The priests and victims have been meeting quietly for roughly a year since Peter Isely, the Midwest director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, approached Father James Connell after a news conference.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/victim-therapy-fund-proposed-8d358p9-134296013.html

JSOnline

Archdiocese explores insurance buyback option

November 21, 2011

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Insurance companies could pay a portion of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's sex-abuse settlements, despite court rulings finding them not liable, under a strategy being considered by the church's bankruptcy lawyers, according to a document filed in the case.

The archdiocese appears to be exploring the possibility of a so-called insurance policy buyback, in which an insurer buys back its policies, leaving the insured with a pool of money, and protecting itself against potentially greater losses - in this case, if the court rulings are overturned on appeal.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/archdiocese-explores-insurance-buyback-option-k23456f-134296533.html

JSOnline

Archdiocese to seek permission for victim therapy fund

November 21, 2011

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee will ask the U.S. Bankruptcy judge for permission to create a $300,000 fund that would be used to finance counseling and therapy for sex-abuse victims whose claims are disallowed by the court for statute of limitations and other reasons, Archbishop Jerome Listecki said in an email letter Monday to local Catholics.

Listecki said church lawyers will soon file motions asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley to rule on the admissibility of certain claims, but that the church will continue to minister to victims whether their claims are approved or not.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/victim-therapy-fund-proposed-8d358p9-134296013.html

JSOnline

A way for bishops to begin rebuilding trust

October 24, 2011

By James E. Connell

An excellent opportunity exists for the Catholic bishops in the United States to begin rebuilding the people's trust in them that has been severely damaged because of the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis. This opportunity is found in the audit process to verify that each diocese actually is in compliance with the requirements of the charter that was originally established by the bishops in 2002 to enhance the protection of children from sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

Remember, whether committed by force or by seduction, every act of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest is a crime, both in civil law and in church law. So in discussing sexual abuse of minors by priests, we are not talking about the actions of schoolyard bullies. We are talking about the actions of criminals. This must be the starting point for addressing this crisis and scandal in the church.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/a-way-for-bishops-to-begin-rebuilding-trust-132499843.html

JSOnline

A safe haven for sex abuse survivors

September 19, 2011

By Felicia Thomas-Lynn | Faces of Hope

It was Victoria Olszewski's pursuit of higher education later in life that led her to unlock the secrets of an extremely painful past - more than four decades later.

During one of her classes, the mother of three and grandmother of five, who is working toward a degree in social work, learned about the different forms of child sexual abuse, including pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/130174143.html

JSOnline

Creditors' attorneys in archdiocese bankruptcy attack cemetery trust

September 14, 2011

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Attorneys for the creditors in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy are attacking the validity of its $50 million cemetery trust, saying it was created in 2007 to defraud victims of clergy sex abuse. The creditors committee, composed of victim-survivors, filed a counterclaim Tuesday against the trust and its sole trustee, Archbishop Jerome Listecki, asking the bankruptcy court to void the 2008 transfer of $55 million into the account, and to declare the trust invalid.

If the trust is declared valid, it argues, the court should require the archdiocese to trace all deposits to ensure that assets legally available to pay settlements are not commingled with cemetery funds.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/129825873.html

News from around the world on the Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy:


www.AndersonAdvocates.cominfo@AndersonAdvocates.com • 414.758.6145 • 1.888.567.5557
2600 North Mayfair Road, Suite 1030 • Milwaukee, WI 53226
Abused in Wisconsin Home | Milwaukee Archdiocese Bankruptcy | News | Blog
The Milwaukee Archdiocese | History of Clergy Sex Abuse | St John's School for the Deaf
Survivior Stories | Video | About Us | FAQ | Contact Us

Copyright ©2013 Jeff Anderson & Associates does not intend this site to provide legal advice or to invite the creation of an attorney/client relationship. Jeff Anderson & Associates makes no claims, promises or guarantees based on the information contained herein. Jeff Anderson & Associates attorneys are licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. See attorney profiles for individual licensing information. An attorney can only legally practice in states where they are licensed. Counsel responsible for this advertisement include Jeff Anderson and Paul Scoptur. Jeff Anderson & Associates | 366 Jackson, Ste 100 | St. Paul, MN 55101