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Wis. archdiocese offers therapy to abuse survivors

Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2014 --- 1:10 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says its forthcoming reorganization plan from bankruptcy proceedings will include a therapy fund for all survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski said Wednesday the survivors will have access to therapy for as long as they need it.

The archdiocese is being sued for fraud in federal bankruptcy court. Hundreds of victims say archdiocese officials transferred problem priests to new churches without warning parishioners and covered up priests' crimes for decades.

As part of bankruptcy proceedings the archdiocese will file a plan explaining how it proposes to compensate abuse victims. It's not immediately clear when the plan will be filed.

Topczewski says the archdiocese looks forward to having the legal matters resolved so it can return to its focus on charity and service.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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