The $57 million transferred from the coffers of the Milwaukee archdiocese to a fund for cemeteries cannot be used in bankruptcy proceedings, a judge ruled Tuesday.
In an effort to shake its image as a secretive, scandal-ridden institute and improve its relationship with the media, the Vatican bank has launched its own website.
"It is an important part of transparency to launch a website," said Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Vatican bank.
The site for the bank -- formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion -- went live Wednesday at ior.va.
We say: Doing unto others what we would have them do unto us requires both knowing ourselves well enough to really want to know what the other thinks and feels.
"The whole area of sexual abuse is so distasteful that I would have found it very unpalatable to dig further," Bishop Michael Malone told an inquiry into sex abuse.
A special commission examined allegations of the church hindering police investigations and moving priests in a region that has become the epicenter of clergy sex abuse on the continent.
In the 1980s, Milwaukee archdiocese bishops assumed priests who sexually abused minors could be cured through therapy, said Archboshop Rembert George Weakland.
Publicity surrounding the 1993 release of an earlier deposition of then-Archbishop Rembert George Weakland served as the impetus for survivors of sex abuse to unite, a movement that has dogged the Milwaukee archdiocese for 20 years.
Milwaukee lawyer Robert Elliott questioned Weakland under oath as part of a lawsuit brought by victims of Fr. William J. Effinger, a priest with a history of abuse who was eventually convicted and sent to prison, where he died.
Archbishop Rembert George Weakland of Milwaukee first heard of sexual abuse allegations related to Fr. William J. Effinger during the summer of 1979.
Fourteen years later, Effinger was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the late 1980s at his home in Sheboygan, Wis. He would eventually end up in prison while close to 10 others would allege the priest abused them as children during his 30-plus years in ministry.
In a letter to the Congregation for Clergy, Cardinal Timothy Dolan sought permission for a "transfer of assets" to a cemetery fund.
Commentary: The latest scandals in the Vatican bank are only one example of what the five-person review group will have to deal with.