Former Archbishop Admits Shuffling Abusive Priests

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The former head of Milwaukee's Catholic community has admitted returning sexually abusive priests to active ministry without telling parishioners.

In a portion of a videotaped deposition released yesterday, retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland says he knew no parish would have accepted such a priest unless it could be said he'd gone through psychological examination and was not a risk to the parish.

Weakland gave the deposition in June to a lawyer representing seven men and women who claim they were assaulted by priests.

Their lawyer released the videotape after the Archdiocese of Milwaukee argued last month that the deaths of key people involved
in covering up sexual abuse made it difficult to get a fair trial
and a loss could bankrupt the archdiocese.

The lawyer says the trial next summer would be fair because Weakland's testimony proves a cover-up.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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