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.
Lawyers representing victims of clergy sex abuse say the documents will provide greater insight into the role of the Vatican and local church leaders in the cases.
Some of the sexual abuse survivors who filed claims against the Milwaukee archdiocese in bankruptcy court will go to trial as test cases to determine who might be eligible for damages.
Almost 25 months into the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee continues to seek an answer to the question it has asked throughout the process: Who is eligible to make a claim?
"How else are you going to satisfy them if you don't know who has a claim?" Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for Archbishop Jerome Listecki, said Jan. 25 to the Catholic Herald, a publication serving the Catholic community in southeastern Wisconsin.
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee archdiocese has acknowledged it paid sexually abusive priests $20,000 to leave the priesthood without taking the laicization fight to the Vatican.
A reference to the payout policy was made in the minutes of a 2003 meeting of the archdiocesan finance council, headed by then Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan, now cardinal archbishop of New York and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.