The Statement of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in Response to the 3/25/10 New York Times Article
The case of Lawrence Murphy has been well documented since the mid-1970s when allegations were first reported to civil authorities, although criminal charges were not filed.   A chronology of Lawrence Murphy is available on the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Web site at

Murphy’s actions were criminal and we sincerely apologize to those who have been harmed.  The Archdiocese of Milwaukee continues to reach out to victims-survivors who were harmed by Lawrence Murphy, and encourages them to report any abuse they suffered.

Most importantly, today, no priest with any substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor serves in public ministry in any way in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 

A public record of all diocesan priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor is also available at

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