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NY's Cardinal Dolan questioned on Wis. abuse cases

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An independent network of abuse victims and their supporters says it will press to make the transcript of this week's depositions by New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan's made public.

Dolan has been deposed about clergy sex abuse in his former Archdiocese of Milwaukee. It is seeking bankruptcy protection because of hundreds of abuse claims filed by men and women. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests -- SNAP -- has argued repeatedly for the release of records in the case on the grounds that abusive priests and church officials who shielded crimes should be made known to the public.

SNAP national director David Clohessy says Cardinal Dolan and his lawyers should willingly divulge all information.

Clohessy says he doesn't agree with those who say Dolan should be considered as a possible replacement for Pope Benedict. He says Dolan is "popular, smart and charismatic," but behind closed doors mismanaged clergy sex abuse cases in the same way as many bishops.

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