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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.

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 2, 2013 12:04:04 PM


  2. CORRECTION: should read 'hide' not 'he' his assets.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 2, 2013 12:05:12 PM


  3. 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.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 2, 2013 12:17:08 PM


  4. 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.

    Posted by: RomanHans | Jul 2, 2013 1:41:02 PM


  5. PUKE

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 2, 2013 2:02:20 PM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: Penance, anyone? | Jul 2, 2013 2:26:58 PM


  7. dolan pls

    Posted by: Johnny | Jul 2, 2013 3:30:15 PM


  8. 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.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 2, 2013 3:44:44 PM


  9. Dolan is a pathetic and disgusting buffoon.

    Posted by: Kevin thor | Jul 2, 2013 5:11:10 PM


  10. After transferring the funds, they declared bankruptcy to avoid paying the victims.
    What a lowlife.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-dantonio/cardinal-dolan-documents_b_3528933.html

    Posted by: simon | Jul 2, 2013 7:00:38 PM


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

    Posted by: HA! | Jul 2, 2013 9:34:15 PM


  12. I"d bet a year's pay the ugliest parts of this have yet to come to light.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jul 2, 2013 10:23:04 PM


  13. HA!:
    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."

    Posted by: simon | Jul 2, 2013 10:35:33 PM


  14. 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...

    Posted by: millerbeach | Jul 3, 2013 5:28:56 AM


  15. 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.

    Posted by: Aldwyn McCuistion | Jul 3, 2013 9:49:30 AM


  16. Aldwyn:
    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.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 3, 2013 12:48:36 PM


  17. 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?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 3, 2013 1:30:46 PM


  18. @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.....

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 4, 2013 8:48:09 AM


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