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.
For 30 years, the Milwaukee archdiocese has provided therapy for abuse victims. But survivors are unhappy with how therapy will be handled under the new plan.
The claimants' lawyers also asked the bankruptcy judge not to rule on the plan until an appeals court rules on the status of a hotly contested cemetery fund.
The Milwaukee archdiocese will walk away from bankruptcy relatively unscathed if its proposed reorganization plan is accepted by Judge Susan V. Kelley.
A bevy of appeals of decisions in the bankruptcy case as well as other federal and state lawsuits indicate the plan will not be the last word, however.
"How much more damaging is the actual truth compared to what we are dreaming now?" retired Fr. James Connell asks during Milwaukee Press Club speech.
The Milwaukee case could be appealed because of the judge's familial ties to the cemeteries in question.
Longtime anti-war activist Bob Graf is willing to go to jail to make the point that Marquette University needs to teach peace, not war.
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.
In a letter to the Congregation for Clergy, Cardinal Timothy Dolan sought permission for a "transfer of assets" to a cemetery fund.