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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The higher ups in the church who made this happen should be prosecuted for the cover-up and imprisoned if found guilty.

Tricolor Dog
Tricolor Dog

Ron Johnson issued and signed checks for the Green Bay Archdiocese for pedophile priests in hiding, including Father Feeny. Republicans knew this and still voted for that creep. Now he's a stuttering U.S. Senator. Good job, people.


Judy, keep up the good work of exposing and criminalizing these creeps - no matter which religion they try to hide behind. Also, thank you for exposing and going after those individuals and organizations that cover up and sometimes reward this behavior.

Judy Jones
Judy Jones

Once again we are seeing that the high ranking church officials do not have the victims or children's best interests at heart. These men will go to great lengths to protect themselves, their images, and the institution.

See the one highlighted sentence in these minutes. It clearly shows that Dolan & his colleagues worked to "shelter" their massive assets from child sex abuse victims.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is