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Editorial rues breakdown of talks toward bankruptcy settlement in Milwaukee archdiocese case

Catholic World News - October 17, 2012

An editorial in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel argues that the failure of negotiations between the Milwaukee archdiocese and sex-abuse victims, and the consequent return to bankruptcy court, serves no party's best interests.

The editorial acknowledges that because court hearings and mediation efforts have been conducted behind closed doors, it is impossible for outsiders to know who bears responsibility for the breakdown in settlement talks. But in any case, "with both sides returning to bankruptcy court to continue what one observer has described as a scorched earth battle, resolution of the issues will only be further delayed. That does not seem to do anyone any good, least of all victims who have waited years for justice."

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Oct. 17, 2012 9:13 PM ET USA

    More misery. Pray for our Catholic brothers and sisters in Milwaukee. Pray for the virtues of hope and of perseverence. By our fraternal charity we can, and indeed we must, do our part. Noone deserves what these Catholics must currently suffer at the hands of the disoriented and disordered. The Gospel speaks of millstones, and that "it would have been better if they had never been born." These days some understand this with a clarity that causes one to shudder.

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