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550 people in Milwaukee archdiocese file sex-abuse claims

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About 550 people say the Milwaukee Catholic archdiocese should pay them damages for being sexually-abused by priests.

The claimants met a deadline yesterday to file claims as part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection the archdiocese sought last January.

Milwaukee's claims are by far the largest among the eight Catholic dioceses to file for bankruptcy in the U.S. since 2004. Attorneys for priest abuse victims call the number of claims "staggering."

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