Eyder Peralta reports on NPR:
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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee admitted that it had paid abusive priests up to $20,000 to encourage them to leave the ministry.
The church released a statement after documents filed during its bankruptcy filings revealed the payments. As The New York Times reports, the 2003 policy was crafted under then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is now a cardinal in New York and as the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of the leading Catholic figures in the country.
At the time, the payments were described as a “payoff,” which Dolan rejected saying the “inference was ‘false, preposterous and unjust.’”
The Times adds: “But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll.