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Secret Church Documents Show Vatican’s Role In Sex Abuse

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WCCO) — Attorneys said 6,000 pages of secret church documents reveal in detail the Vatican’s role in child sex abuse cases.

St. Paul-based attorney Jeff Anderson said the letters show an elaborate abuse cover-up in Milwaukee from the 1950s through today.

Attorneys said the Catholic Church covered up the actions of priests, preventing parishioners from knowing their history.

On Monday, the Milwaukee Archdiocese released the personnel files of 42 priests with verified claims of abuse against them — and the depositions from top church officials.

This information has been made public through a deal between the Catholic Church and sex abuse victims.

One of the church leaders involved is current New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

As the former archbishop of Milwaukee, he’s accused of getting permission from the Vatican to hide millions of dollars.

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