MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has released thousands of pages of documents related to clergy sex abuse.
The records posted on the archdiocese's website Monday include priests' personnel files and depositions of church leaders.
The documents are being made public as part of a deal between the archdiocese and sex abuse victims suing it for fraud. Victims say the archdiocese transferred problem priests to new churches without warning parishioners and covered up priests' crimes for decades.
Victims say making the information public is an important step in their healing.
Archbishop Listecki released a statement, saying -
“My hope in voluntarily making these documents public is that they will aid abuse survivors, families, and others in understanding the past, reviewing the present and allowing the Church in southeastern Wisconsin to continue moving forward. “We can never tell abuse survivors enough how sorry we are for what they endured.”
But the collection also has drawn interest because of the involvement of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the former archbishop of Milwaukee and -- as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops -- the nation's most prominent Roman Catholic official.
Read the documents here (the Archdiocese website has been up and down all day, keep trying back)