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John Pilmaier from Milwaukee, left, and Peter Isely of the SNAP bureau (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) show pictures of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI, left, and of father Lawrence Murphy, as they stage a press conference in front of The Vatican Thursday, March 25, 2010. SNAP members denounce Benedict's handling of the case that involved father Murphy, who died in 1998, accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys as he worked at the former St. John's School for the Deaf in St....

Vatican defends actions in Wis. abusive priest case

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Reeling from a media firestorm following the revelation in church documents of a cover-up of abuse charges against a Wisconsin priest, the Vatican on Thursday fended off suggestions that their actions were inappropriate.

Early Thursday, a Vatican spokeswoman responded to a request for comment to the News Tribune on the case involving the Rev. Lawrence Murphy with a prepared statement from the Rev. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office.

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