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Democratic state lawmakers are pushing for new legislation to combat sexual abuse by clergy by changing the mandatory reporting law. They're also reintroducing a bill that would remove the statute of limitations for sexual assault that occurs during childhood.

Debbie McNulty is a childhood sexual assault survivor. She was standing in the Wisconsin Senate Parlor Wednesday with other survivors, as lawmakers unveiled a proposal to combat abuse by clergy.

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee has removed the names of two former Milwaukee Archbishops — William Cousins and Rembert Weakland — from buildings as part of the church’s response to sexual abuse by clergy.

The Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center, which was named in honor of William Cousins, will be renamed on Friday.  And Rembert Weakland’s name has been removed from the parish center at St. John the Evangelist in downtown Milwaukee.

Cousins and Weakland led the Milwaukee Archdiocese between 1958 and 2002 and helped cover up clergy sexual abuse of children.

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A Wisconsin diocese has released the names of more than 40 clergy members with substantiated allegations they sexually abused a minor.

The Green Bay Diocese posted the names of 46 clergy on its website Thursday.

Bishop David Ricken apologized at a news conference to the 98 known victims of sexual abuse by the clergy in the diocese since 1906. Ricken called for any other victims to come forward.

A federal bankruptcy judge announced a settlement Monday in the Catholic Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy case.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski says the church feels some satisfaction, in that the legal proceedings have ended. But he says there isn't anything to be pleased about, when it comes to what the victims experienced.

Madeleine Baran has covered such cases extensively for Minnesota Public Radio and is part of the network's Peabody Award-winning team for its reports on the clergy abuse scandal.

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed its bankruptcy plan this week. A judge will consider it in November. If she accepts the settlement, it will end court battles against the church for clergy who sexually abused people dating back decades. The victims says the money won’t end the pain.

At age 91, Angie Roscholi is the oldest of the clergy abuse victims in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Her son Father Domenic Roscholi say she came forward with her story for one reason.

The two sides started talking Monday in Minnesota, in their second attempt to settle the bankruptcy case.

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People inside and outside of the Catholic Church are still trying to assess the long-term ramifications of the scores of documents released by the Milwaukee Archdiocese this week.

Reporter: Few New Details in Milwaukee Archdiocese Papers

Jul 3, 2013
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The Milwaukee archdiocese released hundreds of documents related to the clergy sex abuse cases - did they really contain bombshells?

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has released thousands of pages of documents related to cases of clergy abusing people sexually.

The items include priest personnel files and depositions of church leaders, including now Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who had been archbishop of Milwaukee for several years and is now president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph allowed outside experts to examine its files on alleged cases of abuse by clergy.