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Fallout From Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

by Melissa Langbehn

WAUSAU (WAOW)--The group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP plans to hold a news conference in Milwaukee at 1:30. They will update their stand against the  Vatican for its handling of the recent scandal involving Wisconsin abuse victims.

  According to the Associated Press, the group claims in a news release,  that top Catholic officials in Rome have publicly insulted abuse victims in the last few days. SNAP  cited a Vatican newspaper that noted there was a "clear and despicable intention" to strike at Benedict "at any cost."

  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, who was accused of molesting some 200 boys at a school for the deaf.

The Vatican defends that move.  It says  the case reached the Vatican only in 1996, two years before the Wisconsin priest died.

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