Archbishop Dolan Buries the Cash

… and to top it off, he’s a Yankee’s fan!

According to a report from Reuters, newly released documents from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee show that Archbishop Timothy Dolan – then of Milwaukee, now of New York – shuffled pedophile priest around the country while he hid money to protect the church finances from lawsuits:

The documents include letters and deposition testimony from Cardinal and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan who, during his time as archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, appealed to Vatican on numerous occasions to help address the ongoing fallout from the scandal.

The 6,000 pages of documents related to eight decades of abuse cases showed in great detail the Milwaukee archdiocese regularly reassigned priests who were accused of sexual molestation to new parishes and Dolan himself asking the Vatican permission to transfer $57 million to a trust fund to protect it against court action.

Appropriately, the money was transferred to a cemetery trust fund.

The presentation of Dolan is mixed. On one hand, he tried to get alleged pedophiles removed, sometimes paying them off and sending them away if necessary. On the other, he kept the lid of secrecy down tight and tried to shield church assets. It’s clear that his primary concern was protecting the Church. From the NYT:

Cardinal Dolan has been regarded by many Catholics as part of the solution. In public appearances, he has expressed personal outrage at the harm done to children, apologized profusely and pledged to help the church and the victims heal.

But the documents lift the curtain on his role as a workaday church functionary concerned with safeguarding assets, persuading abusive priests to leave voluntarily in exchange for continued stipends and benefits, and complying with Rome’s sluggish canonical procedures for dismissing uncooperative priests who he had long concluded were remorseless and a serious risk to children. In one case, the Vatican took five years to remove a convicted sex offender from the priesthood.

If any other institution had done this, we’d burn it to the ground.

  • evodevo

    It’s a corporate mindset – you would find these strategies in any large corporation boardroom/CEO’s office today. If there isn’t any “higher power” to bring them to justice, nothing gets done. Love Canal/consumer fraud situations would have been unremedied, save for the FedGov that the corporate world hates. And since the higher power the Church “answers” to is imaginary, the situation can be manipulated any way that suits them. It’s only in the last few years that public indignation and the court system has begun to bring them to account. In their sociopathic minds, the whole thing is “blown out of proportion” or “exaggerated” or whatever. It will continue to be handled in this way as long as there is a reactionary church hierarchy in control.

    • JohnMWhite

      ‘Blown out of proportion’ was a phrase I heard many times when being raised Catholic. It is striking how utterly unmoved not only the hierarchy, but the rank and file Catholics remain. Nothing the church or its agents do is ever really that bad, but a teacher who suggests that there’s nothing wrong with being gay is leading kids straight to the eternal fires of hell.

  • trj

    At this point I wonder if even the most ardent Catholics are in any way surprised at such a turn of events.

    Hey Catholics, why do you continue to support a church which is so obviously rotten to the core? This is not just “a few bad apples”, this is the highest levels of leadership that again and again demonstrate they don’t give a crap about the victims of the abundant abuse done by the church. Hypocrites who talk about the importance of protecting children, while at the same time covering up the crimes and enabling further abuse.

    Why the fuck do you regular Catholics continue to put up with this and make excuses for them? It’s been decades now, and the church officials continue to do nothing except cover up, counteract investigations, deflect responsibility, and lie their asses off.

    Do you think God would want these men to speak for him?

    • Artor

      On another thread, I just had a long argument with a pro-Catholic nutjob who insisted the pedophilia scandal stopped 20 years ago, and anyone complaining today is just an anti-Catholic bigot. It didn’t matter how many articles I linked to outlining the current ongoing crimes perpetrated by Church officials; it was all lies to make the church look bad. And what about all the good the Church has done? After inspiring so much amazing art & culture, don’t they get a pass on raping a few thousand kids? Why is everyone so unfair?!?!

      • trj

        There’ll always be people like that who refuse to face the truth no matter how obvious it is. What I find frustrating are the ordinary Catholics who know very well what their church is guilty of, yet choose to turn the blind eye, making lame excuses á la “I’m sure it’s not that bad”, “It doesn’t happen in my district”, “We just need to give them a chance to make things right”, etc.

        It’s been pretty clear for a long time that things are extremely bad, things continue to be bad, and that the church is way more concerned with its own image than in making amends. Like vorjack said, if any other institution had done anything remotely as bad as this we’d all (Catholics included) straight away be condemning and boycotting it, and we wouldn’t be satisfied until the people responsible were put in jail to rot. But when the RC Church does it, the faithful defend and forgive and explain away its crimes.

        Catholics, you are defending an institution that has proven itself to be morally bankrupt with no intention of mending its ways. In so doing, you become yourselves morally bankrupt. Your defense and your inaction are shameful, and they benefit noone.

        • Nox

          No limit to what you can get people to go along with once you convince them you hold the keys to heaven.


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