Former Milwaukee archbishop admitted to destroying reports of child rape

Via the JSOnline:

Former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland routinely shredded copies of weekly reports about sexual abuse by priests, according to formerly sealed testimony turned over to Milwaukee County’s district attorney on Thursday.

In a 1993 deposition, Weakland admitted destroying copies of the reports in his office, according to a partial transcript of the deposition released by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Julie Wolf, communications director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, said Thursday she had not seen the documents SNAP released and could make no comment on them for the archdiocese.

In the deposition, Weakland explains that he got copies of the weekly logs made by vicars in the archdiocese about ongoing problem priests. He said he would read them, then shred them because he didn’t want to keep them in his office. He would “try to remember anything that is quite serious and important,” and later discuss the matters with the vicar.

He would try to remember anything that is quite serious and important. Got that? He would “try to remember” anything “serious” or “important” in the records of the rape of children by his underlings. What could possibly be more serious?

At the occassion of Weakland’s 2002 retirement, it came to light he had spent $450,000, much of it of diocese money, to pay off a male graduate student who had accused him of sexual assault. Why he’s not in prison for this right now, I can’t say.

Earlier this year, Weakland published a memoir.


2 Responses

  1. bloody fucking hell this makes me so angry

  2. Where is the wrath of god on these bastards?!

    O wait that’s right……

    Wonder if we could corner the rest of them in Mexico and have them commit suicide as well or we could just shoot them all, but I think that would make people more angry over shooting priests than the fact that the priests were molesting children.

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