The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed nearly four and a half years ago and has accrued at least $16 million and perhaps more than $20 million in legal fees.
A retired Milwaukee priest is asking the FBI to investigate how the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Cemetery Trust Fund spent $7.8 million over four years.
The court also found that U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa, who ruled in the archdiocese's favor, should have stepped aside because of a conflict of interest.
Judge Susan V. Kelley found no evidence supporting the contention that the archdiocese knowingly allowed abusers to work in parishes or other settings where they found additional victims.
One of the claimants in the bankruptcy described the proposed settlement as "a Christmas gift for lawyers" and said it likely would not be approved by the committee of creditors.
An open letter to Pope Francis asks for an investigation into misconduct in the bankruptcy action taken by the Milwaukee archdiocese.
Lawyers for the man, identified only as John Doe, said the archdiocese had provided false information in getting the man to agree to an $80,000 settlement in 2007.
Archbishop Jerome Listecki said it's up to the survivors of sexual abuse to give him a counterproposal to the $4 million he offered for compensation of some victims.
A retired Milwaukee priest is asking for the second time for Pope Francis to investigate Bishop Robert FInn for violations of church law.
The $1.35 million will come from surplus cash but covers only a fraction of the archdiocese's legal bills so far, which total close to $14 million.