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Milwaukee archdiocese documents show pressure to kick out abusive priest

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) --  The Associated Press reports documents released by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee show employees had pressured New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan to get rid of abusive priests when he was an archbishop of Milwaukee.

Dolan had took over in 2002 when the abuse scandal had developed nationwide.

Priests who were accused of abuse were removed from the ministry, but the church was still responsible for supporting them.

Recently, files had been released publicly.  Memos included in the files showed two archdiocese employees urged Dolan to have a priest kicked out of priesthood in 2006.  The employees believed supporting the priest would not be a good idea when the archdiocese struggled to pay settlements with victims and fulfill other obligations.

Pope Benedict XVI defrocked the priest in 2008 at Dolan's request.  Last year, the man died.

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