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.
In his deposition, Fr. Kevin McDonough did a little of everything. But mostly, he steadfastly defended the decisions he made his time at the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Through 200-plus pages of testimony, John Nienstedt frequently appears as a leader unaware of information concerning abuse, who at times failed to follow up on child-protecting protocols.
The Milwaukee archdiocese will walk away from bankruptcy relatively unscathed if its proposed reorganization plan is accepted by Judge Susan V. Kelley.
A motion filed Thursday could put the brakes on a possible deposition of St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt regarding clergy sexual abuse in his archdiocese.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese filed a motion late Thursday night asking District Judge John Van de North to stay his decision from earlier in the week that depositions be taken of Nienstedt and former vicar general Fr. Kevin McDonough.
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.
In a blistering rebuttal of Chicago Cardinal Francis George's response to the release of the files on priest abusers, Fr. Tom Doyle analyzes in painful detail what the cardinal wrote in his Jan. 12 column in the Chicago New World. Doyle finds the cardinal "defensive, misleading and insulting in addition to the fact that it does not reflect the reality of the key issues." He takes particular aim at the cardinal's discussion of the case of Dan McCormack and his denial that he acted contrary to the findings of his own review board.
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will not pursue criminal charges against the archdiocese for failing to report clergy sex abuse allegations of two priests.
The release of the 6,000 pages of past allegations, reports and procedures is part of a 2008 settlement between the archdiocese and alleged victims.