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Nearly half of MKE priests molested teenage victims while on trips

Church abuse graphic.
Church abuse graphic.

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - At least 22 priests in the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese molested teenage victims while on trips to northern Wisconsin and elsewhere.

That’s according to files on 42 priests that were released this week to show the depth of the priest sex abuse scandal in the Milwaukee church.

The Duluth News-Tribune’s Web site showed a map today of the northern fifth of Wisconsin – black-and-white photos of the offending priests – and the locations where they took youngsters.

The newspaper said the documents did not list all of the specific communities where the molesters took their victims.

Many had vague references to “Up North” – the age-old generalization in which folks in southern Wisconsin think Eau Claire is “Up North.”

Archdiocese spokeswoman Julie Wolf said the records made it hard to determine what kind of propensity former priests had in general for molesting kids on trips.

The News-Tribune listed two of the biggest pedophiles in the archdiocese – defrocked priest Daniel Budzynski and the late Father Lawrence Murphy.

He allegedly molested 200 boys at a church school for the deaf in suburban Milwaukee in the 1970’s.

Earlier media reports said Murphy was quietly transferred to northern Wisconsin, where he served for two decades before he died in 1998.