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Retired Milwaukee bishops will testify in bankruptcy case

CWN - August 12, 2011

A federal bankruptcy-court judge has given sex-abuse victims the opportunity to take sworn testimony from retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland and a key auxiliary, Bishop Richard Sklba, about their handling of sex-abuse complaints.

Judge Susan Kelley said that the victims’ lawyers could take depositions from the two bishops, both of them retired, in October. However she insisted that the testimony must be kept sealed. The victims’ lawyers, who are led by Jeffrey Anderson, said they would move to lift the seal.

The bankruptcy court is seeking to establish whether Milwaukee archdiocesan officials sought to conceal evidence of sexual abuse, or to shield resources from creditors.

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