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This 1974 photo shows Rev. Lawrence Murphy. The Vatican on Thursday strongly defended its decision not to defrock Murphy, an American priest accused of molesting about 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin and denounced what it called a campaign to smear Pope Benedict XVI and his aides. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Alleged abuse by Father Murphy continued in Superior Diocese

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The Rev. Lawrence Murphy's sexual assaults of boys didn't stop after the Catholic Church moved him to the Diocese of Superior in the 1970s, according to two men who claim they were victims of the priest in northern Wisconsin.

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