SNAP said the names of all accused priests in the Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy case should be released and all abuse complaints should be investigated before the reorganization plan is approved.
Compared to preliminary reports, more sexual abuse victims will be compensated under the formal reorganization plan filed in bankruptcy court late Monday night by the Milwaukee archdiocese.
Fr. Bob Stiefvater, pastor in the north side of Milwaukee since June 16, takes daily walks in the community as a way to show the church's presence in the area.
The archdiocese has put forth what it hopes is the final settlement plan that will end the church's nearly 5-year-old bankruptcy case. Sex abuse victims are stunned by the proposal.
Lawyers want the Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling that the archdiocese's cemetery trust fund is not shielded in bankruptcy court.
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.
Juanita Fiscal and her husband, Julio Zuniga, enrolled in the "Discipulos de Cristo" (Disciples of Christ) lay formation program, sponsored by the diocese of Green Bay, three years ago. As members of St. Willebrord Parish, they wanted to learn more about their faith.
"We were lacking so much knowledge about our Catholic faith, especially about the Mass," Fiscal told The Compass, newspaper of the Green Bay diocese. "We are here almost every Sunday, and not knowing exactly what was happening or the meaning of certain things. That was embarrassing."
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.