Victims await Milwaukee clergy sex abuse files
Victims hope records hold church leaders accountable
MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee plans to make dozens of priests’ personnel files public in the next week, along with hundreds of pages of other documents related to clergy sex abuse.
Victims hope the records hold church leaders accountable for covering up priests’ crimes and transferring them to new churches without warning parishioners.
Church leaders say it is important for the truth to come out, but most of the cases are well-known and involve priests who have been publicly identified for nearly a decade.
Forty-five-year-old Charles Linneman, of Sugar Grove, Ill., says he was an altar boy when he met the priest who abused him in 1980. Linneman read the man’s file several years ago when it became public during litigation in California. He says it helped him move on.