Documents Show Cardinal Dolan Moved Millions in Church Assets to Hide Them from Sexual Abuse Victims

NYC's Cardinal Timothy Dolan moved millions in funds to protect them from sexual abuse victims seeking claims against the Catholic Church, according to newly-revealed documents:

DolanFiles 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.

Cardinal Dolan, now the archbishop of New York, has emphatically denied seeking to shield church funds as the archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009. He reiterated in a statement Monday that these were “old and discredited attacks.”

However, the files contain a 2007 letter to the Vatican in which he explains that by transferring the assets, “I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” The Vatican approved the request in five weeks, the files show.

UPDATE: David Mixner weighs in.

Cardinal Dolan has long ago lost the ability to understand the concept of 'truth'.He should immediately resigned from being Cardinal. The 'truth' demands it.


  1. Strepsi says

    I hope NYPD take a page from Quebec’s anti-corruption squad and start arresting public figures. Timothy Dolan is a p.o.s. who should have the book thrown at him.

  2. Curt says

    Surprise Surprise, but they still are considered a not for profit, tax free entity and people still actually give them money…Amazing.

  3. Fahd says

    Thank you Towleroad for continuing to publicize the flagrant mendacity and hypocrisy of the corrupt leadership of the godforsaken and crumbling Roman Catholic Church.

  4. Matt26 says

    Just saw awarded document about abuse in Catholic church, oh dear, deaf children were used for decades, chuch knew it, the Vatican did very little or nothing. Disgusting.
    The document was Alex Gibney’s Silence in the House of God.

  5. Hey Darlin' says

    So the Vatican actually transfered the funds through Dolan. The source who has sooo much to say on how gays and lesbians should live their lives, isn’t holding up to their own morals and expectations of how they should conduct business? They have been found to hold the church’s self-interest above what’s right according to scripture? I think I’ll listen to another source as my moral compass. Thanks anyhow.

  6. kit says

    He is a foul piece of human garbage. Throw the book at him. A nice long prison sentence for corruption wouldn’t even begin to do him the justice he deserves.

  7. arch says

    The linked article from the NY Times states that the cardinal deposed to the issue of church funds in february this year.

    if that is the case and the disclosed documents now show he was misleading in his deposed evidence then one suspects he may have some explaining to do to the judge in the case.

    or perhaps yet again the RC church does not consider itself bound by the laws, courts and judges of the various countries it operates in?

    just a thought.

  8. PeteNsfo says

    Let’s hope that his “Excellency” will no longer be welcome as a pundit on national TV.

    He’s a scumbag and she should be treated as such.

  9. simon says

    David Mixer demands his resignation. The fact is Pope Benedick condoned it. We will see what Pope Francis will do. May be fire both Dolan and the ex-Pope.

  10. Dearcomrade says

    I hear they are discussing new legislation. It will be called “Dolan’s Law”. Whenever a Catholic church moves into the neighborhood they have to alert the local residents.

    Papist Swine.

  11. sam says

    @ Jack M

    it’s pretty easy after serving a couple of alter boys with Kool-Aid & Rohypnol….

  12. jomicur says

    What does it say–how sad is it–that I am no longer even mildly surprised by any villainy committed by this mega-crime family?

  13. says

    If anyone who wasn’t in the clergy did this they’d throw them in jail for contempt. Watch as once again the court ignores the law and continues its criminal activities without consequences.

  14. Geoff says

    Since all religion is a huge lie anyway, lying about others things is easy…and natural. Couple of Hail Marys and he’ll be fine.

  15. Uneasy Lies The Head says

    Haven’t even seen the most disgusting part mentioned here:

    Dolan and the Vatican were PAYING hush money to the priests/sex abusers to get them to quietly leave the church;

    while simultaneously HIDING money from victims who might make successful claims against the church.

  16. ratbastard says

    He did what corporation and individuals do every day. He his assets. Rich people hide their assets from the IRS and state DORs, ‘poor’ people will often hide their true assets from various social service agencies when applying for assistance. And of course corporations play shell games. The church is basically a corporation, in the case of the RC Church, a mega multinational corporation.

    Are they [church officials like Dolan] hypocrites? Absolutely. So are many other ‘pillars of the community’ types….of all political and ideological persuasions. Following the letter of the law and being forthright are for chumps in our society.

  17. says

    And in his Catholic Catechism this pig calls me “intrinsically disordered”.

    As Alice says: “What a lovely poem, but what does it mean ?”

    This clown/pig has no interest whatever in true spirituality; yes, the church is a Corporation to him…….and he doesn’t give a $hit about the victims of his megalomania.

  18. says

    Could someone please explain the NY Daily News’ position on Dolan? Here’s a quote from their article today:

    “By transferring [$57 million] to the trust, I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability,” Dolan wrote.

    Critics have said the move was intended to hide cash from claimants.

    Is there a difference between the first line and the second? Is it okay if he just moved the cash so molested kids couldn’t get it, rather than “hiding” the cash?

    Regardless, their coverage is ridiculous. The entire point of today’s article is to say the Vatican moved quick to move this money but didn’t move quick to protect kids, with Dolan looking like a hero for trying to protect them.

  19. Penance, anyone? says

    So, he’s not as dopey as he looks!

    Christians have an unending capacity to forgive themselves. Even when their noses are rubbed in it they say a little prayer and it’s off to the races again.

    First Bishop: You forgive me and I’ll forgive you.
    Second Bishop: OK, but you’ll have to say five Hail Mary’s.
    First Bishop: That’s too much, make it two Our Father’s.
    Second Bishop: Oh, alright, two it is then. See you in Heaven.

  20. anon says

    Normally I’m not fond of federal criminal law, as it’s a horror show of vagueness and often badly written, but his actions do fall directly in line with RICO. So, will the feds start and investigation here? or is he too politically powerful?

    To understand the implications, RICO is designed to cast a wide net when crimes are covered up by what amounts to asset laundering. The only issue here is if they can connect the child abuse to the cash somehow. However, it’s a perfect RICO case otherwise.

  21. HA! says

    So much hate and vitriol. Where does it come from? How much money did the “victims” receive vs. the lawyers? just askin……

  22. DannyEastVillage says

    I”d bet a year’s pay the ugliest parts of this have yet to come to light.

  23. simon says

    Even Dolan himself admitted that some if not all the claims were credible.
    He mentioned it in some of the documents.
    “Others show the bishop’s frustration with Vatican officials and their slow-moving response to his requests that men who were credibly accused be dismissed from the priesthood.”

  24. millerbeach says

    Utterly disgusting. He is even MORE guilty than the pedophiles he was protecting. He is a liar and responsible for the destruction of many childrens’ lives. Awful, hideous and heinous. That about sums up this human POS. Arrest him and charge him accordingly, then prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Just wait until God gets ahold of him…

  25. Aldwyn McCuistion says

    Oh!, Come on people. We all know, as shown so very clearly in the past and present, that nothing will be done to this criminal. The church has been doing stuff like this for close too a thousand years and the governments and people of this world have just set back and said,”How shameful”, and done nothing more. They will do nothing to this man or the church, except print more stories and complain. Until people take clear steps to remove these creatures from their lives nothing will change.

  26. simon says

    What you said may be true for the US. Both parties even invited this criminal to say prayers in their conventions.
    The prime minister of Ireland, supposedly a Catholic country, angrily attacked the Vatican, after publication of a government report exposing the problem of child abuse in the Church.

  27. jamal49 says

    OK. Last time I checked this was called “money laundering” and is a major FBI no-no. So, when can we expect the grand jury indictment of Cardinal Fatso?

  28. jamal49 says

    @DannyEastVillage: you are right. The ugliest parts of this have yet to be revealed. And, they will be ugly! They may just bring down the American Catholic Church…..