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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (KMOX) - St. Louis native and New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he welcomes the release of documents by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that contain clergy sex abuse information from the past.

One of the documents included in the massive release is Cardinal Dolan’s 141-page deposition given as part of the Milwaukee Archdiocese’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

After leaving St. Louis as auxiliary bishop here in 2002, Dolan became Archbishop of Milwaukee before moving up to New York City.

Included in the documents is a letter from Dolan to the Vatican seeking and getting permission to move $57 million in cemetery funds into a trust to provide protection from any future legal claims or liability.

That move is seen by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Police (SNAP) as an attempt by Dolan to hide the money but the Milwaukee Archdiocese denies those allegations.

Also in the letters is evidence Dolan sought to push problem priests out of the priesthood to avoid further scandal and wrote to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, in July 2003, telling him as victims organize and become more public, the potential for true scandal is very real.

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