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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Pedophile Nun Released from Milwaukee Jail

Yet Bishop Richard Sklba remains unpunished for covering up her crimes

Statement by Jerry Kobbs of SNAP Milwaukee

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At 2:00 this morning Sister of Mercy nun Sr. Norma Giannini was released from jail after serving time for sexually assaulting Milwaukee grade school boys while principle of St. Patrick’s elementary school on Milwaukee’s south side. I was one of those boys. I and another victim met once with Sr. Giannini over the past months for court ordered restorative justice. While the meeting was civil what was glaringly apparent during this session is who was not in attendance: those archdiocesan officials who drove the get away car after Gainnini’s crimes, particularly auxiliary bishop Richard Sklba. Sklba and the archdiocese, as court records now prove, obtained a full confession from Giannini and did not report her to the police.

In fact, Giannini is the second confession of child sex crimes to the archdiocese that Sklba buried in his files. The other is Fr. Bruce McArther, a diocesan priest convicted in Beaver Damn of raping grade school age girls while a hospital chaplain.

Serious and troubling questions are still left unanswered today: How many more prosecutable confessions of rape and sexual assault is Bishop Sklba concealing from authorities? Why hasn’t he been brought to justice along with the clergy who molested children?

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest self-help organization of clergy sexual abuse survivors, with over 8,000 members in 63 chapters nationwide.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests