What's Hot Thursday: Weakland's Testimony
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Thursday on Live at 3:00, Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Jeff Wagner and Lora Hyler from Hyler Communications appeared to talk about in light of the testimony of former Archbishop Rembert Weakland, how should the Catholic Church respond to allegations it covered up child sexual abuse by priests?
The former head of Milwaukee's Catholic community has admitted returning sexually abusive priests to active ministry without telling parishioners because he knew they wouldn't be accepted otherwise.
"No parish would have accepted a priest unless you could say that he has gone through the kind of psychological examination and that he's not a risk to the parish," retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland said in a portion of a videotaped deposition released Wednesday.
Weakland gave the deposition in June to a lawyer representing seven men and women who claim they were assaulted by priests. The cases are expected to go to trial next summer.
Lawyer Jeffery Anderson released the videotape after the Archdiocese of Milwaukee argued last month that the deaths of key people involved covering up sexual abuse made it difficult to get a fair trial and a loss could bankrupt the archdiocese.
Anderson said Wednesday the trial would be fair because Weakland's testimony proved a cover-up existed.
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