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WI Clergy Abuse Case

by Melissa Langbehn

WAUSAU (WAOW)--More fallout from the recent sexual abuse scandal involving Wisconsin abuse victims.

  The Associated Press reports that the group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is criticizing the Vatican for its handling of the recent scandal. The group says that top Catholic officials in Rome have publicly insulted abuse victims in the last few days.

 This comes after a Vatican newspaper  noted there was a "clear and despicable intention" to strike at Benedict "at any cost."A

As you may recall, newly  released documents show that a Vatican office led by the pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, halted a church trial against the Rev. Lawrence Murphy.

Murphy is the focus of a scandal--accused of molesting some 200 boys at a school for the deaf.

The Vatican has defended the decision, saying the case reached the Vatican only in 1996, two years before the Wisconsin priest died.

SNAP plans to hold a news conference at 1:30 in Milwaukee Monday  to update their stand on the situation.

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