Records Show Vatican Warned about Abusive Priests

4:41 AM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Newly released documents show New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan repeatedly warned the Vatican office responsible for handling clergy sex abuse of the potential for scandal in Milwaukee and urged it to defrock abusive priests.

Dolan, who was archbishop of Milwaukee at the time, also oversaw a plan to pay some priests to voluntarily leave the priesthood.

The documents were made public Monday as part of a deal reached in federal bankruptcy court between the archdiocese and victims suing it for fraud.

In one letter to the Vatican, Dolan describes a priest repeatedly abusing children, showing no remorse and at least once engaging in sexual activity with a young boy, the child's mother and her female friend.

It still took the Vatican more than a year to defrock the man.

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