What the Church has Done

What the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has done to reach resolution with victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse of minors

January 2011

Since 2002

  • Funded therapy and related assistance
  • Sold property not designated for educational, pastoral or charitable work to fund Pastoral Mediation Initiative (approximately $4 million)
  • Reached resolution through several pastoral mediations
  • Commissioned an outside consultant to design and administer an Independent Mediation System
  • Settled lawsuits in State of California for $16.65 million, of which the Archdiocese of Milwaukee paid $8.25 million
  • Provided financial component for resolution with approximately 190 individuals through independent mediation system
  • Mortgaged the Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center for $4.65 million
  • Sold additional property not currently in use for ministry
  • Participated in a mediation to resolve pending lawsuits in summer 2009
  • Liquidated non-restricted investments & savings
  • Reduced staff by 38 percent since 2002
  • Eliminated programs, initiatives and services to reduce operating budget
  • Initiated mediation to resolve pending lawsuits in October 2010

Pre 2002

  • Established Project Benjamin
  • Hired full-time Project Benjamin coordinator
  • Funded therapy and pastoral assistance
  • Reached some out-of-court financial settlements
  • Established professional therapy review committee


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PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912
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