Group says Listecki, Milwaukee archdiocese misled abuse victims

Published On: Feb 07 2012 03:51:35 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 07 2012 07:26:43 PM CST
Group says Listecki, Milwaukee archdiocese misled abuse victims

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A group representing victims of clergy abuse is asking the Milwaukee Catholic archdiocese to withdraw motions to dismiss some of the nearly 570 restitution claims in its bankruptcy case.

The archdiocese has filed motions in three cases asking they be dismissed because they were either filed beyond the statute of limitations, involved someone who was not an archdiocese employee or involved a victim who already received a settlement. A hearing is set for Thursday.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests estimates the archdiocese's arguments could ultimately get 95 percent of the cases dismissed. They claim the archdiocese misled victims because it never mentioned eligibility restrictions.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki's chief of staff Jerry Topczewski says the archdiocese has always been clear that it would fight some claims.

Listecki is the former bishop for the Diocese of La Crosse.