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Priest defends Vatican's handling of church abuse scandal

MILWAUKEE (AP)-- A priest involved in the sexual abuse investigation of his colleague is defending the Vatican's handling of the matter.

The Rev. Thomas Brundage says there's no indication the current pope had any knowledge of the abuse.

Brundage was a member of the Milwaukee archdiocese in the late 1990s when the Rev. Lawrence Murphy was accused of sexually assaulting deaf boys decades earlier.

The then archbishop alerted the office of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who's now Pope Benedict XVI. That revelation has raised concern about whether Ratzinger knew about the abuse and did nothing.

Brundage says that office receives so much mail there's no way to know whether Ratzinger himself saw the letter.

Brundage defends the pope as having worked tirelessly to rid the church of child sexual abuse.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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