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Archbishop gives sex-abuse deposition


UNDATED (WSAU)   Catholic Cardinal Tim Dolan gave a deposition yesterday about sex abuse by priests in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Dolan was questioned as part of the two-year-old bankruptcy petition filed by the archdiocese. He led the sector from 2002-to-‘09.

The inquiry was led by Jeff Anderson, who’s representing over 500 sex abuse victims who filed damage claims in the bankruptcy case. Dolan is now the Archbishop of New York and a long-shot candidate to become the next pope.

Church attorney Frank LoCoco said Dolan answered questions about his decision to publicize the names of alleged pedophile priests in cases that are mostly decades old – a move he said would encourage healing among those victimized. Dolan heads to the Vatican next week to help select a new pope to replace the retiring Benedict-the-16th. A spokesman in the New York archdiocese said Dolan was eager to cooperate in the Milwaukee bankruptcy case, and he long awaited the chance to answer questions about what happened.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests says it will press to make what Dolan said public. A court hearing on releasing certain items will be held April 4th as part of the bankruptcy proceedings. Peter Isley of the Survivors Network said Dolan did a lot of quote, “creative maneuvering” without holding church leaders accountable for failing to stop the abusers. Many Milwaukee church officials have been deposed in the bankruptcy case – including former Archbishop Rembert Weakland. Dolan is one of two Catholic leaders deposed recently in the aftermath of the church sex abuse scandal. The other is retired Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony.