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Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Knock, Co Mayo

Who’s for another wounded healer?

RTÉ journalist Joe Little spoke with Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan – who was in Knock for the National Novena – on yesterday’s This Week on RTÉ Radio One.

Mr Little started the interview by asking Cardinal Dolan about Ireland’s gay marriage referendum.

They then spoke about how, in 2007, Cardinal Dolan, when he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee, sought permission from the Vatican to transfer $57 million into a cemetery trust fund in Milwaukee – out of the reach of victims of abuse in the archdiocese.

In the letter, he wrote: ‘I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.’

This month the Archdiocese of Milwaukee reached a $21 million settlement with 330 victims of sexual abuse by clergy – ending four years of bankruptcy proceedings.

From yesterday’s interview…

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: [on the marriage referendum]”I’d be no scholar on events in Ireland but I do know in the United States it would, of course, cause us some consternation because we worry about, when I say ‘we’ I mean pastors, leaders, and the [Catholic] Church, because we worry about anything that we fear may dilute the noble purpose of marriage as between a man and woman in lifelong, life-giving faithful union. And anything, as you know, if you follow, if you follow the activities of the Church, anything , anything anywhere that would dilute the noble purpose of marriage, we worry about – whether that be adultery, whether that be fornication, whether that be co-habitation, whether that be polygamy, whether that be frivolous divorce. You know the statistic among Catholics in the United States? Only half of our young people approaches the sacrament of marriage – they’re not getting married. Now that causes us bishops at home to wring our hands and to fall to our knees in prayer because our young people don’t feel the call to lifelong, live-giving, faithful, loving marriage.”

Joe Little: “An issue which has discredited the Church in the eyes, especially of the young, is the issue of the Church’s handling and response to allegations and complaints of clerical child sexual abuse. Your record on this is questioned very, very strongly by many and specifically your action in putting aside most of the estate of the Milwaukee diocese, $57million worth, into a cemetery trust, and in your own acknowledgement in a letter to the Vatican, in order to protect that money from legal suits, what’s you response to those criticisms?”

Dolan: “Sure, there’s been a reconciliation and settlement in the Archdiocese in Milwaukee, that Joe, you would, you would not be surprised that I would be defensive on that issue and I often say this falls into the rubric of no good deed going unpublish-…unpunished. What happened when I got to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, we were in trouble there as you know, that was in 2002 my predecessor had resigned in scandal and had also paid off close to half a million dollars to a man with whom he had had an immoral and promiscuous relationship, an adult man. So the diocese was in turmoil. I counted heavily on the counsel of qualified lay people in the archdiocese.
I said, ‘Boy, if we’re going to regain our credibility and our sense of purpose, I”m going to have to trust the people because the people have been singed terribly. So we had a very good finance counsel in the archdiocese, these were about 10 women and men of professional financial and legal background to whom I said, ‘You need to reassure me that the finances of the archdiocese that were whistle clean’. And so they said to me, they said, ‘We have a couple of problems, things that we could fix. We have one problem, one big one that you need to do something about immediately, you’ve got $55million in a trust fund to protect the cemeteries’. Now every cemetery has that, you know for perpetual care, it’s a huge, a huge patrimony. They said, ‘Ours is under the archdiocese, this isn’t our money, this isn’t diocesan money. This is a patrimony that people have entrusted for the perpetual care and by State law, by Wisconsin’s state law, this has to be segregated from the funds of the archdiocese’.”

Little: “Well why did you write to the Vatican, after this was done, saying ‘you foresee an improved protection from any claim and liability on foot of the movement of that money, out of the road, so that the alleged victims couldn’t get any compensation from that fund?

Dolan: “Well if you you let me finish what I said at the beginning, and I’ll try to respond to that. So I listened to our lay counsel who said, ‘Archbishop Dolan, we gotta obey the law. This has to be set aside’. So I did. OK and I thought well, thanks be to god, they’re telling us to obey the law, they’re telling us to listen to lay advisors and we’ve done that. Later, you are right, Joe, I wrote to the Holy See and you’ll notice though that’s one line in the letter. Up above, if you read the whole letter [Below] you see I told the Holy See, the congregation for clergy, here’s why I did this, eminences, because state law in Wisconsin requires it and because, my lay finance counsel said it. Later on I said a side benefit of this would be if the Church is ever sued, now it’s not our money.”

Little: “That’s the law, what about justice? I mean you came here on a Vatican visitation to see how justly the Church in Ireland had dealt with victims of abuse but you explicitly acknowledge to the Vatican that a benefit of putting money into a cemetery trust – $57million – most of Milwaukee’s diocesans say was that it protected the money from litigants.”

Dolan: “So what about justice?”

Little: “Well, what are your credentials to participate in the visitation here about how the Irish Church dealt with victims.”

Dolan: “First of all, the visitation here was not to see how the Irish Church dealt with victims…”

Little: “Well that was one part of the terms of reference.”

Dolan: “No. My visitation here was to see how the seminaries were doing.”

Little: “Yeah but the overall terms of reference for the visitation was, partly, to examine how the Irish Church was dealing with survivors of abuse…”

Dolan: “With the other bishops. With me, my mandate was to see how the seminaries were doing and since I’d been rector of two seminaries, I guess they thought I had some credentials. And I don’t know, I didn’t say I had credentials, the Holy See said you’ve got credentials here, so…”

Little: “Well let me put it this way: Could seminarians who were being formed as future leaders of the Catholic Church, could they credibly take advice from you given that you told the Vatican that a benefit of moving $57million was to put it out of reach of litigants who had been abused, some of whom had been abused by priests?

Dolan: “I hope so, especially if people knew that, in Milwaukee, I had already entered, at the suggestion of volunteers, a voluntary mediation programme that over 300 victims had benefited from.”

Listen back in full here

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Previously: Timothy Dolan on Broadsheet

(Mark Stedman/RollingNews)

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Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, third from left, with colleagues at Knock earlier this week and a poster for the Knock Novena

A NINE-day national novena begins today at 3pm in Knock, led by controversial (see link below) Rosary-cheeked Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan (top second right with clerical pals at a pre-Novena session last night).

Good, publicly pious times.

Massive crowds due at Knock Novena which begins this week (Mayo News)

Pics: Knock Shrine

Previously: Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Broadsheet

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Patsy McGarry reports in the Irish Times:

“About 200 people are expected to accompany Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on the first chartered pilgrimage from that archdiocese to Knock shrine this month. Cardinal Dolan will open this year’s national novena at Knock on August 14th. It continues until August 22nd.”

You’ll recall Cardinal Timothy Dolan 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 2012 the New York Times reported Dolan authorised payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests – when he 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 crimes of one of those men, Fr Lawrence Murphy, who abused hundreds of deaf children.

You may also recall how the Survivors Network Of Those Abused By Priests reported on October 23, 2013 how:

[US District Court] Judge Rudolph Randa [yesterday] 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 [Cardinal Timothy] 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.”

First chartered pilgrimage flight set for Knock Airport (Patsy McGarry, Irish Times)

Previously: And Well He Might Yawn

This Is The Guy Who Investigated Abuse In The Irish Church

Pic: Sacerdotus

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They see him Dolan.

Etc.

Maureen O‘Dowd writes:

The largest parade in the Western world, as Niall O’Dowd, the founder of IrishCentral and The Irish Voice, calls it, is no longer run by the A.O.H [Ancient Order of Hibernians]., but by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, seven volunteers in the Bronx…

But?

…the power behind the parade is Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Not DOLAN!

Cardinal Dolan is essentially the arbiter,” O’Dowd says. “Every grand marshal is checked with him. The parade chairman always seeks the approval of the cardinal for who marches in the parade.” O’Dowd concedes that the organisers are “equal opportunity offenders. They also used to refuse to allow kids in wheelchairs into the parade.
“The big issue they face today is: Are they Irish or are they Catholic? If it was just an Irish parade, these people would have the power to let gays march. But the real power is with the Catholic Church.”

Alternatively?

…..a special guest at the St. Patrick’s Day “parade for all” in Queens — which, unlike Manhattan, allows gay marchers to carry banners and signs — will be renowned Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss, whose real name is Rory O’Neill. He told me that in the “glittery, nutty” Dublin parade, “there’s no problem being absolutely as gay as anyone wants..a heterosexual parade seems to me an organised walk in the traffic lane.

Yay.

Previously: Secret Behind Who Really Runs The NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade (Niall O’Dowd, Irish Central)

Parade Marches Backward (Maureen Dowd, New York Times)

Meanwhile:

Picture-223[The New York St Patrick’s Day Parade Guidelines, 2012]

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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

 

You remember?

The Apostolic Visitation.

He was the lead ‘investigator’.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan (above) of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.

Questioned at the time about the news that one particularly notorious pedophile cleric had been given a “payoff” to leave the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan, then the archbishop, responded that such an inference was “false, preposterous and unjust.”

But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll.

Fancy.

Three months ago:

The apostolic visitation led by the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, noted that there had been some “progressive steps” towards reforming church structures and in particular the handling of allegations of child abuse. Several Irish judicial inquiries found the Catholic hierarchy had covered up allegations of abuse, often by moving accused priests to other dioceses or even out of the country.

 

Wonder if he’s going to the Eucharistic Congress?

In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers (Laurie Goodstein, New York Times)