Meanwhile, In New York



Cardinal Timothy Dolan, above, archbishop of New York was the man sent to Ireland in March 2010 by Pope Benedict to lead the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland and examine the country’s four archdioceses in the wake of the sex abuse scandals.

In May of last year the New York Times reported that Dolan authorised payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests – when was the archbishop of Milwaukee – as an incentive for them to agree to be dismissed from the priesthood.

The documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of Good documented the  the crimes of one of those men,  Fr Lawrence Murphy, who abused hundreds of deaf children.

Today, the Survivors Network Of Those Abused By Priests reports:

Late yesterday, Judge Rudolph Randa ruled that a deaf survivor of  Fr. Lawrence Murphy is bound by an agreement he reached with church officials even though he was deceived in order to secure that agreement.The agreement was reached in an archdiocesan program designed by Dolan in 2003. We believe the purpose of that program was to quickly and quietly settle with victims while deliberately misleading them about the archdiocese’s prior knowledge of the criminal history of abusers. At the same time, it induced victims to accept nominal restitution in exchange for waving all future legal rights. If the victim would later discover they had been deceived by Dolan and the archdiocese, as we now know they were, they would have no legal recourse.”

“For instance, long-secret church documents – released by court order – show that Dolan and the archdiocese misled victims and the public about when and how much church officials knew of Murphy’s history of assaulting deaf children.”
“Dozens of the 570 victims who filed cases in the bankruptcy entered into fraudulently induced agreements with the archdiocese, with the direction and approval of Dolan.”
“blockquote>In an earlier decision similarly shielding the court from investigating Dolan’s possible fraudulent conduct, Randa supported Dolan’s transfer of $57 million of archdiocesan funds into a “cemetery trust”, thus eliminating it as an asset prior to the bankruptcy filing

.  Overturning a decision issued earlier by bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley, Randa said Dolan’s transfer could not be examined or investigated by the court because, even if fraudulent under US law, if the archdiocese says it was legal under Catholic “canon law” it is protected by the 1st amendment of the US Constitution and the free exercise of religion.  Church documents obtained since the transfer, including correspondence between Dolan and the Vatican, show that Dolan created the trust to keep US courts from compensating victims.”

“Both of Randa’s decisions are being appealed.”


Previously: “An Old, Old Problem”

And Well He Might Yawn

This Is The Guy Who Investigated Abuse In The Irish Church

Pic: Sacerdotus


29 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In New York

  1. indeed

    Why o’ why does freedom of religion supersede civil law?

    ” even if fraudulent under US law, if the archdiocese says it was legal under Catholic “canon law” it is protected by the 1st amendment of the US Constitution and the free exercise of religion”

    1. realPolithicks

      This is nonsense and is bound to be overturned on appeal. If you follow the logic of what he is saying, then anything the church chooses to do is allowed as long as it is bound by canon law. Crazy!

    1. Itchysays

      Is that a letter from the fruitcake that goes around trying to get run over at F1 gran prix and disrupted a runner during the Olympic mens marathon ?
      ….`cos if its not it must be a relation of his !

  2. Sido

    This new pope really knows how to get stuff done, for a start he sent us Bat Bishop. And he’s so humble he pays his own hotel bills.

  3. Continuity Jay-Z

    Look as distasteful as thier behaviour is at least it shows that the church is just another corrupt monolith that is led by the whims of very mortal, very venal and very, very corrupt men. They are Enron, Lehman Bros or whoever. Your spiritual well being is safe should you choose to ignore their blather.

    1. Sam

      You’re right. It’s nothing to do with his position of power, influence and the choices he made in dealing with the abuse of children.
      When it boils down to it, obviously we hate him for his position on transubstantiation.

    2. Shelmus

      And then, as night fell he turned and said to his followers,
      “Behold,One good churn deserves another”

    3. Clampers Outside!

      How can it be bigotry when most of us on here (going by country stats for Ireland) were born and raised Catholics. No bigotry there ABM, that’s a good lad.

      With St Anthony’s relic in town and all, you should maybe turn the other cheek… oh no wait, they only have one, sorry… maybe they lost the other.

  4. thewatchers

    Sure yer man there looks like the divil himself, all be it with after consuming too many pies (isn’t greed one of the deadly sins also)

  5. Tasha

    I thought this was going to be an article about how Cardinal Timothy Dolan was planning to usurp Ben Affleck as the next Batman. He’d be great!

Comments are closed.