Lawmaker Calls Catholic Officials "Screwballs"

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state senator is calling former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland a "piece of work."

Sen. Glenn Grothman, a West Bend Republican, made the remarks during a hearing on a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations on civil actions against child sexual abusers.

Weakland resigned as archbishop in 2002 after admitting the archdiocese secretly paid $450,000 to a man who accused him of sexual abuse.

Grothman called Weakland "just a piece of work. Unbelievable." Moments later Grothman referred to church officials who allowed Weakland to attend Listecki's installation Mass "screwballs."

Weakland did not immediately return an e-mail seeking a response. Milwaukee Archdiocese Chief of Staff Jerry Topczewski says Weakland is still a part of the church.

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