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Milwaukee DA To Review Depositions Of Ex-Archbishop

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MILWAUKEE (WRN) - Milwaukee County’s chief prosecutor says he’ll review newly released depositions which said former Archbishop Rembert Weakland shredded weekly reports on sexual abuse by priests. The depositions were from 1993, and they were included in a dozen civil lawsuits pending against the Milwaukee Archdiocese. The Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests released the documents Thursday and asked DA John Chisholm to see if Weakland committed a crime. Chisholm promised a thorough review. In his depositions, Weakland said he received weekly reports about ongoing problems involving sex abuse by priests. He said he shredded them after he read them, because he didn’t want to keep them in his office. The head of the survivors’ network, Peter Isley, said his group would ask incoming Archbishop Jerome Listecki to censure Weakland and others who might have covered up sex abuse by priests. Listecki is in his final month as the Catholic bishop in the La Crosse Diocese. Isley’s group says the La Crosse Diocese has cleared more alleged abusive priests than most, and the bishop refuses to say if he’d try to find out why. Listecki told Wisconsin Public Radio that he didn’t have enough time left in La Crosse to do that – and the holiday season is also keeping him busy.

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