Scott Walker’s Administration Gave Four Pedophile Priests Professional Licenses

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Four former priests were granted professional licenses by the state under Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Four former Wisconsin priests who were defrocked for sexually abusing children were granted professional licenses, or had them renewed, under Governor Scott Walker, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

> Records show one of Walker's agencies — the state Department of Safety and Professional Services — either gave licenses to or renewed the licenses of four ex-priests who were defrocked for sexually abusing children.

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> The four former pedophile priests from the Milwaukee Archdiocese were given state approval to practice such professions as social work, nursing, alcohol and drug counseling and funeral work. All four appear on the archdiocese's list of former Milwaukee priests with a "substantiated case of sexual abuse of a minor."

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> After learning of the issue this week, Walker moved to strip the four of their state credentials.

Two of the former priests reportedly had complaints filed against them in 2012, regarding the accusations from their priesthood days, but the state opted against taking action.

> Peter Isely, founding member of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP, noted that Walker was highly critical during the primary of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matthew Flynn for his role in cases involving abusive priests.

> Isely urged the governor to call for an investigation to determine how these laicized Catholic priests were able to secure state approval to enter these various professions.

> "(Walker) needs to put actions behind his firm and clear words during the primary, along with his vocal support for survivors and our families," Isely said.

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