Judge orders mediation in Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy case to control legal bills / Associated Press

A federal judge ordered mediation Wednesday July 30) in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s bankruptcy case, saying she believed it was the best bet for resolving the hard-fought case and keeping more money from going to lawyers rather than sexual abuse victims …

“A reorganization plan proposed by the archdiocese earlier this year would give 128 victims roughly half of an $8 million insurance settlement. Others who have filed claims would receive nothing. Meanwhile, attorneys’ fees are now estimated at $13.7 million, and victims have been outraged by the idea that attorneys would receive more money than them …

“Monica Barrett, an abuse survivor who now speaks for others, said success in mediation will depend how the archdiocese approaches it.

“‘If Archbishop (Jerome) Listecki comes to the table with a realistic and compromising mentality, indeed this might be able to get resolved,’ Barrett said. “… However if Archbishop Listecki continues to use this bankruptcy action as a hammer to use against survivors, nothing will get resolved. Up until this point, the only people who have been asked to compromise anything have been the victim-survivors.'”

By M.L. Johnson, Associated Press, in Star Tribune — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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  1. #1 by glorybe1929 on August 1, 2014 - 4:34 PM

    Can you believe the “idiocy” of these restrictions on any abuse victims, let alone
    a Christian church that claims such compassion on all its members?.?? It also doesn’t wish to give wages,to those who work for the abused.. Had they been the true Christian people of Jesus Christ, this would have never been in the state it’s in today. They’ve known all about it in “open forum” for decades! Talk about shame on the RCC!

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