Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Who Cares About the Children, Apparently Cared Even More About the Catholic Church’s Money

This is Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaking immediately after last week’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage:

The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

This is what we learned about Dolan today, after the release of thousands of pages of documents regarding the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal:

Files released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday reveal that in 2007, Cardinal Timothy F. Dolan, then the archbishop there, requested permission from the Vatican to move nearly $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to protect the assets from victims of clergy sexual abuse who were demanding compensation.

So Dolan’s all about the children… unless they want compensation for the abuse they suffered at the hands of Catholic priests.

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  • Kevin_Of_Bangor

    I wonder if his next stop is Vatican City for a permanent stay.

  • Mario Strada

    Is this the shattering news promised yesterday?
    What a worm.

    • Michael W Busch

      This is only a small part of the documents released. Links are provided in the NY Times piece to many more of them.

      Jeff Anderson & Associates, the St. Paul based law firm that has represented many of the plaintiffs in the Milwaukee cases, has compiled copies of the documents here: ; the Milwaukee archdiocese has versions on its own site:

      Hemant, perhaps these links should be included in the main post?

    • Geoff Boulton

      Apparently, there were many more documents but the Pope’s dog ate them just before they were going to be released.

  • Rain

    The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage.

    Catholic preachers sure do say “truth” a lot when they’re talking about unsubstantiated baloney. It’s almost as though they are overcompensating because it’s such unsubstantiated baloney. Naw couldn’t be…

  • Octoberfurst

    I have friends who are Catholic and they are good, decent people. But I LOATHE the Catholic church! I hate its hypocrisy and lies. Why my friends give their time and money to that pedophile-hiding ring I will never understand.

    • Erik Wise

      Religion is a delusion. That’s why. Sad.

  • Richard Wade

    The common good of all, especially our children the Catholic hierarchy, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. unquestioned authority of the Church. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. to protect our monetary assets. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. about billions of dollars. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society the solvency of the Catholic Church hangs in the balance.

    Fixed that for you.

  • Stev84

    Is there anyone who is really surprised?

  • PsiCop

    Of course Dolan protected his Church’s money! He and the other hierarchs don’t think anything was done wrong. They believe their Church is innocent, the target of a vast spiritual attack upon God’s Holy Church by the Forces of Darkness — who are also using agents such as the mass media, Jews, Freemasons, the “Sexual Revolution,” the abused children themselves, and any number of other foes.

    According to them, everyone else but them is to blame for the priestly pedophilia scandal.

    Think about it: If you were completely, totally innocent of any wrongdoing, but nevertheless had people clamoring for your money and filing lawsuits by the dozen in order to get it, would you not frantically find ways to try to hide it from them? Would you not later claim this was defensible, even if it’s immoral or even illegal … based upon your innocence?

    What’s more, if you thought priests accused of child abuse were not actually guilty of it, but had been victims … set up by the Devil acting through the children … would you not have tried to protect them from secular prosecution and moved them around so as not to let on about it?

    The Church’s dodgy, craven, and even criminal behavior begins to make sense once you realize its leaders truly, sincerely, and genuinely believe themselves to be under attack by diabolical forces and by human beings in league with the Devil.

    Let me finish this comment by saying I do not for one moment buy into the reality of any of this. Of course the hierarchs are responsible for their own wrongdoing, and were not forced to engage in it by diabolical entitles and their human collaborators. Nor do I mean to defend the hierarchs or the child-abusers they protected. The way they view the scandal is clearly delusional, and not a valid excuse for what they did. All I am saying is that their actions and words, both while the abuse was going on and after it was uncovered by investigations, begins to make a little bit of sense, when you realize this is how they view it.

    What’s more, the more they get criticized for how they handled the scandal, the more “attacked” they feel, and the more convinced they become that this is a profane spiritual attack upon them, and not a serious criminal matter that needs to be addressed. This is why they so fiercely resist capitulating, and why guys like Dolan will insist that their own documents don’t say what the rest of us can see they say.

    This is why there will never be any overt capitulation, no genuine apologies, no admission of wrongdoing aside from the occasional excuse-laden “non-apology apology” that’s been offered here and there (and sometimes taken back by those who offered them).

  • UWIR

    “The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage.”
    The “truth” about marriage is that in 13 American states, it includes same-sex couples. So it’s not so much about the “truth” about marriage, as your opinion about marriage that you want to uphold, no isn’t it?

    This guy seems to be unclear on the difference between an issue of fact and an issue of opinion.

    • Richard Wade

      This guy seems to be unclear on the difference between an issue of fact and an issue of opinion.

      You’ve just put all religious claims in a nutshell.

  • pagansister

    Too bad lightning didn’t strike him while he was in that pose! If there really is a hell, there is a place for waiting for him! Hiding behind a fictional being won’t help. That man is a waste of space!!

  • LesterBallard

    The RCC is maggot filled shit from the top down, and that includes the regular members who either ignore this shit or actively apologize for it.

  • LesterBallard

    And they wonder why we’re angry . . .

  • Art_Vandelay

    I thought we were supposed to be shocked? This is just par for the course.

    • Geoff Boulton

      Yea, the only shocking thing for me was that they finally got around to actually releasing the documents.

  • Nick

    Sorry but I won’t be lectured to on marriage by a celibate man who bases his worldview on a storybook about an imaginary friend and his zombie carpenter son.

    • MD

      And don’t forget the zombie’s virgin mother. Sex is icky.

    • The Other Weirdo

      about an imaginary friend fiend and his zombie carpenter son.

      There. Fixed it for ya.

    • Crystal Bandy Thomas

      I was reading some of the documents on the 42 priests (sorry, forget which one) and one of them said that he understood celibacy to mean that he couldn’t marrry…not that he couldn’t have sex (with minors)…

  • Mark Moore

    The Catholic Church facilities should be raided like any criminal organization.

  • Matt Eggler

    I would love to meet Cardinal Dolan so as to have the opportunity to spit in his face.

    • DavidMHart

      I’m all for puncturing the self-importance of the Catholic hierarchy, but can we please do it without advocating assault? It doesn’t make us look like the rational ones.

      • Carmelita Spats

        If my child were raped and the rapist had been shielded by Dolan, I would have no problem seeking rational redress through the legal system. If the legal system failed me, I’d find another way. I would not give up. I have no idea how the victims of Father Geoghan sleep at night knowing that Cardinal Bernard Law escaped to Rome as it became clear that the law was closing in. He was directly involved in covering up perverted criminal activities. Criminal Bernard Law was appointed head of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome which is one of the four great basilicas in the city. He did not set foot in the U.S. for obvious reasons. If my child had been one of Geoghan’s victims who committed suicide, I would have no problem rationally stalking and quietly hunting down Bernard Law in Rome. A kick in the nuts would be the least of his problems.

      • Gus Snarp

        I suppose spitting in his face is technically assault, but it’s a far cry from punching him. Assuming Matt isn’t carrying any highly infectious diseases, then it does the Cardinal no physical injury whatever. I wouldn’t generally advocate it, but let’s just say someone was a victim of child abuse at the hands of one of the Cardinal’s employees and the Cardinal was explaining why that victim would not be receiving due compensation and why the employee had been transferred and covered up for instead of fired and prosecuted. I think that person would be showing admirable restraint if they spit in the Cardinal’s face.

    • Guest

      And I will be looking forward to reading about the assault trial when you do.


    • Erik Wise

      HI Matt! :D

  • Dave The Sandman

    I wrote a blog about Dolan two years or so ago based on the same sort of material reported by the Courant, a local paper covering the scandals.
    I say the same now as I said then – it is down to you US citizens to write to your AG and ask why the hell Dolan has not been charged with crimes like perversion of the course of justice, financial fraud, conspiracy, etc. and demand official replies.
    Then you copy in whatever media you can to get the story in circulation.
    You should also write to the White House and demand that Dolan does not get to have a star seat at future events, or deliver any more official benedictions. Again demand an official reply and circulate it.
    It is only when you get motivated and active that rats like Dolan are driven out

  • Coolred

    I’m sort of stuck on the $57 million…it has that much money yet Catholics (hell, people in general) are starving, unclothed, can’t afford basics etc….yet the church is rolling in the green….but preaches about helping your fellow man blah blah blah. That is so goddamn wrong.

    • baal

      My mother worked in a RCC church’s office. The higher ups had more or less a quota for that branch to pay on up. They took in more than they spent on the priest and upkeep of the building. Extra special needs fund drives to help this and that special cause always showed up one month after each time they didn’t make quota (though I’m sure that was unrelated and that they don’t call it a quota).

  • Jason Hinchliffe

    Just for shits and giggles (I’m an insurance broker) I’m going to call up a special lines carrier, and see how much they would charge for an abuse policy for a house of worship.

  • ant-eye-christ

    Tim Dolan’s contact info. found at archdiocese of milwaukee website. note: email address is shared.

    Contact Information:

    Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan

    Archbishop of New York


  • randomfactor

    Seems to me that if a private individual tried to shelter assets in this way to keep them away from a judgement, that would be a separate and additional violation of the law…