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Catholic religious order opens abuse files

Published On: Jun 18 2013 02:17:10 PM CDT

NEW YORK -

A Roman Catholic religious order based in the Midwest is releasing an unusually candid report admitting it failed victims of clergy sex abuse.

The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph opened its files going back decades to outside experts. The report released Tuesday found the friars treated many victims with hostility. Until 2004, most of the money the religious order spent on responding to abuse was on defense attorneys, not on help for victims.

The Province of St. Joseph has offices in Detroit and runs a Wisconsin boys' boarding school called St. Lawrence Seminary High School. Abuse at the school became known in the 1990s through reports by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The investigation released Tuesday found more student victims, raising the total from 14 to 28.

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