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.
The former Milwaukee archbishop was schedule to move to a Benedictine abbey in September, but the abbot rescinded the invitation because "he did not think it was a good time."
Lawyers have asked the appeals court to remove a judge's decision, saying that the concern was for "his endorsement of the religious faith."
The Milwaukee branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul wants to borrow $3.2 million for a thrift store critics say is far from those who need it most.
There are still major hurdles before the Milwaukee archdiocese's bankruptcy plan is presented for a vote by claimants, of whom 575 are survivors of sexual abuse.