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Timothy Dolan, cardinal of New York and head of the Catholic Conference of Bishops, had his prime-time career launched by the pedophile priest scandal. Now, despite efforts to distance himself, his role in pedophile protection may come back to bite him.

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Kit B (276)
Friday June 1, 2012, 9:10 am
Timothy Dolan. (Photo: Cy White / Flickr)

Timothy Dolan, cardinal of New York and head of the Catholic Conference of Bishops, had his prime-time career launched by the pedophile priest scandal. Now, despite efforts to distance himself, his role in pedophile protection may come back to bite him. Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee admitted that, during Dolan's tenure, pedophiles were paid to simply disappear.

In June of 2002, Dolan was appointed archbishop of Milwaukee after his predecessor, Rembert G. Weakland, admitted a confidential settlement of $450,000 to a man who accused Weakland of sexually assaulting him in 1979. In contrast to Weakland, Dolan was a known theological conservative with the trust of the Vatican and, despite questionable management of sexual abuse scandals in his previous position in Saint Louis, he was tasked with cleaning up the mess.

From the start, Dolan positioned himself as a victim's advocate: "... [i]t is impossible to exaggerate the gravity of the situation, and the suffering that victims feel, because I've spent the last four months being with them, crying with them, having them express their anger to me." His response to those tears and anger, however, foreshadowed events of this winter, when Dolan had consistently argued that the church is above the law.
By Valerie Tarico, Truthout | News Analysis

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Sue H (7)
Friday June 1, 2012, 9:18 am
He needs to be De-Frocked! The Vatican needs a Clean Sweep.

Kit B (276)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:16 am

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Ben O (171)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:27 am
Those freaking pedophiles makes me furious! In fact I am ambivalent when it comes to death penalty for the sick bastards...

Kit B (276)
Friday June 1, 2012, 10:52 am

I wonder if anyone really believes this began in the 1950's or 60's? This is probably as old as the Church itself. Too much power over the children and far too much faith placed in church leaders, for to longer the pleas of children were ignored or children were punished for the audacity of speaking up. This Bishop, not unlike the Pope, has used power to protect the Church at the expensive of children being harmed.

John B (185)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:10 am
Kit, thanks for posting the article. Read and noted. This issue, among others just as bad, is why I am a recovering RC and an atheist/humanist.

Jean M (143)
Friday June 1, 2012, 1:19 pm
Sadly this has been going on for much longer that the church will admit. We know someone who was in a Catholic Orphanage and is now much older, this person could tell you some horror stories about the things that went on there. The stories he tells would make you sick on your stomach. I don't understand why this is allowed to go on and on with very little prosecution. It is an outrage.

pam w (139)
Friday June 1, 2012, 6:13 pm
"Come back to bite him." Well, if there's ANY justice...we know where those teeth marks should be!

Antonia Windham (6)
Friday June 1, 2012, 8:25 pm
Parsons are supposed to aspire to better things. With revelation after revelation about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, you'd think it would be so damned shame-making they'd do a really thorough housecleaning. Starting with the head parson himself, who has been accused of once upon a time being in on threatning victims with excommunication unless they shut up about it. Not nice.

Stan B (123)
Friday June 1, 2012, 11:21 pm
Disgusting though not surprising.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 4:46 am
The catholic church will never ever be able to live down the scandals that have arisen over the past few years. Trying to cover up acts of gross indecency committed by members of the priesthood and lay members makes the whole institution culpable.

Mary S (1)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 5:17 am
Took ages but Ireland finally broke ties with the Vatican over this issue and how the church had covered up decades of abuse.

Pat B (356)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 7:00 am
ALL of these men, and the ones who 'hid' this information, while children and altar boys, and others, were being abused and violated need to go the prison for life. They can repent in jail for all I care. Paying pedophiles to leave? The victims are the ones who need help, NOT the abusers! Let's not forget the Nuns either. Being an old school Catholic gal myself, abuse was rampant, inflicted almost daily by the nuns. I can totally relate to Jean's comment, I hope her friend got the help he needed. Thanks, Kit for this one.

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 7:25 am

Maybe it is time for a house cleaning from the Vatican down.

Vivien Green (153)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 8:43 am
What an arrogant self satisfied person. "Dolan had consistently argued that the church is above the law."
Organized religion is a haven for all kinds of abuses,especially if they think think they are above the law.
Thank you Kit.

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 11:14 am
Whole communities of native children were destroyed by Priests that abused the children. They went from brother, to brother within families and onto their sisters. The pain that these children experienced, the shame as none dared speak of it, then the anger at themselves, in particular the older children, who felt that they had not protected their younger siblings from the same thing by not speaking out.

The few children that did speak out, some ended up even being killed by their own parents, for in native ways, a Holy person would never disgrace himself or the Nation by doing such a thing, if he did, he'd kill himself first. Parents who were raised under the former traditional ways, felt that their children disgraced themselves and their family, as they could not possibly believe that a Holy person, the Priest would ever do such a thing. It had to be the lies of their own child, a child obviously sick beyond words, and some children were sent away from their homes or even killed from parent rage.

After watching a brother or cousin be killed or sent away after speaking up for themselves, who else would dare come forward. Indians that were pushed onto lands far away from the rest of society, Indians that only had themselves to speak to, everyone knew everyone and what happened. It didn't take long for all children to know what happened to the child that spoke out.

The feelings of anger, shame, and failure to protect their siblings, and the parents who learned the truth later and failed to protect their children, has led to high alcoholism rates, depression, and suicide. Then when the Indians are found drunk, stumbling around, they are laughed at, called names, and made fun of, told they are the sinful ones. Most of Dominent Culture has no clue to what all has taken place to these first people who lived in North America before the colonizers came.

Not all who practice their religions are like this, but too many in positions have been, and what they did is just as destructive as what the ones with the guns in their hands did. This preditory energy leaves no one out of the circle, they do it to their own race, as we all know, but it was far easier to do it to others that truly had no place to run and were of a people that Dominent Culture labeled as savages, who would believe them? That is why one must question authority.....all authority!

Rosary G (3)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 1:32 pm
why has he not been excommunicated and made to stand trial? one more sick pervert!!

Florence Eaise (132)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 3:48 pm
DISGUSTING!!!! Sure pay the pedophile to go away so your kids are safe, but what about the kids that are where he goes next? SHAME ON YOU!!!!

Vallee R (280)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 4:17 pm
Why am I not surprised???

Jim P (3257)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 4:25 pm
No church is above the law.

Dolan should be in prison for paying off those pediophiles to "disappear"...

The catholic church should clean house starting with the pope first.

The catholic religion is one of the worst in the world... There are others just as bad...

Ty, Kit.

Kit B (276)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 5:07 pm

I dunno, Val. Maybe because we want the idea of religion to be something it can not be, because of all the places children should safe it should be a church.

marie C (163)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 5:27 pm
Noted thanks Kit

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 6:05 pm
Not surprising to me

Ed G (1)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 6:41 pm
I expect the Catholic church will sit still for say 25 years hoping the story will die down and then (assuming there aren't any major new outbreaks) will conveniently forget that this happen and it will be buried somewhere in the Vatican. Just like the ties to nazi's and the other past "lapses" of the church.

This one is unlike the nazi's as the Church knows that it is still occurring and will continue forever as long as the church choses to look the other way.

I hope every last catholic remind the church that this type of abuse has to stop and to weed every last priest out of the priesthood and get back to the original of idea of helping people out that need help.

Terri Hughes (416)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 8:05 pm
Thanks Kit.................this is a DISGRACE!!!!!!!!!!!

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 2, 2012, 8:45 pm
Thanks for posting this, Kit. Some think the Catholic church got rid of its pedophile problem awhile back and need to know the truth. I don't think the church ever really wants to deal with it....the usual smoke and mirrors. Maybe seeing their flock diminishing and the donations from the people drying up will make a difference, but I doubt it.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 12:44 am
Thanks Kit--interesting post and comments.

Linda h (86)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 8:31 am
"Since moving to New York and taking over leadership of the Catholic Council of Bishops, Dolan has leveraged his position to advance a set of priorities based on conservative theology, anti-reproductive rights and anti-gay rights in particular. He has been a vocal and visible opponent of comprehensive health care access and marriage equality, arguing, essentially, that religious freedom operates at the level of institutions and trumps civil rights law. His position as cardinal gains him not only the ear of the Catholic laity, but of the White House. Last November, for example, a meeting between Dolan and Obama was described as "one among many meetings with officials from the Catholic Church and the administration."
In this fight, Dolan has had a strong ally in Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. Like Dolan, Donohue appears more concerned with protecting the Catholic church than past and future abuse victims. In March, Donohue said that the Catholic church had been too easy on victims, "too quick to write a check," and should instead "fight them one by one." In 2011, Dolan thanked Donohue for a press release that, among other things, called SNAP a "phony victims group." In January, he scorned a gathering of victims and advocates in Boston as "the professional victims lobby" and "a pitiful bunch of malcontents."
I think for those of us in NY these paragraphs tell us why this man was made Cardinal. I hope he resigns before he causes any more grief. To be honest I think he should go to jail for not calling the police.I say this as a person married to a Catholic and raised among them. I say this also as a person with a child molester in our family who ruined many lives and never paid for his crimes.

. (0)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 9:46 am
Clearly, this money is a payoff. To actually say, $10,000 was given to this priest to cover medical insurance is only a one year payment. I have no doubt, these men were paid off, AND their insurance will still be paid for them.

DORIS L (61)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 12:08 pm
I would hope that "paying off" or "providing financial incentive" to leave the priesthood would be unnecessry in the case of a pedaphile.....the act alone SHOULD be enough to tell him goodbye.

. (0)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 12:09 pm
The Catholic Church needs to act quickly and publicly if it is to save any thread of its' reputation - I was also taught that I could trust our priest, and I could, but then again I am a member of the Church of England and not a Catholic.

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 1:03 pm
Let me get this straight. This Cardinal is OK with Paying Off Pedophiles, but thinks it is a sin for Women To Use Birth Controls? It is OK for him to Really Ignore The Suffering of Abused Boys by the Clergy, but Believes that Catholic Charities should not offer support to homeless LGBT youth? Hasn't he also tried reigning in the Nuns and the work they do? WOW! It seems as if someone needs to recalibrate his priorities.

Robert Hardy (68)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 3:27 pm
And these are the same jerks that are bringing you the war against women and gays..... go Church go

valda p (13)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 5:08 pm
Strange religion ,men are called -father-who will never be a father-legally,the women are called -mother ,who will never be a mother -and they tell their members they cannot use contraception ,religion is all about -control and money-the catholic church is very wealthy ,why doesn't it help some of the poor in countries in which it is predominate,?it creates the problem of their priests becoming -pedaphiles as it denies them what is natural -sex,I am not condoning what these evil men do -it is -wrong ,but it is a situation the church -creates.

Linda h (86)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 6:19 pm
This thread is amazingly RWNJ troll free. I wonder why?

Kate Kenner (215)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 6:23 pm
If you could see my face you would see the total lack of surprise. The Catholic Church has for too long gotten away with things. When it all came out in Boston the Cardinal was just sent to Rome. he was never reprimanded or suffered any sort of repercussions.
I apologize to those who are Catholic but the Catholic Church to me is an abomination. They are too big and have too much power. Really, they have their own damned city (and it is does seem damned). IT is time the stat realizing they are part of the real world and not special like they think they are. It is time they paid for the sins which they say other people are committing and condemning them for.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 7:16 pm
I'm catholic and if the truth hurts,, THEN THEY NEED TO FIX THE PROBLEM.
So tired of all the hypocrisy from my own religion

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 7:17 pm
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Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 7:28 pm
Fly-specked frauds like Dolan and Bernard Law are prime examples of why I'll never consider Catholic Christianity my faith. That Ratzinger fellow had a nice start with a record of going AWOL from Hitlerjungen, but he fumbled the ball in his response to rampant - well, about 5% or less of the priesthood was doing it, but many others helped in the coverup - pædophilia in the Catholic clergy. I'll stay with the pagan community, thanks to this lack of 'Christian ideals' in too many Christian factions.

Gloria H (88)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 9:58 pm
paid vacation with leave? Get to go to the Bahamas and hire a few cabana boys to "convert".What a deal!

Susanne R (235)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 11:09 pm
I was a member of the Catholic Church and attended Catholic schools through 12th grade. I guess I should consider myself fortunate that the only physical abuse I received came in the form of beatings at the hands of the nuns. What priests have done to children is unforgivable, and what their superiors did to protect them is just as bad. As good Catholic parishioners, we were all violated because a good portion of the money we supplied to our churches paid for the cover-up of the abuse of our fellow Catholics. We were unknowingly complicit in this abuse because our contributions kept the abuse quiet, which bought more time for it to continue.

In spite of all the brainwashing I was subjected to in school and all the guilt laid upon me, I'm no longer Catholic. I haven't lost my faith in God, just in those who misrepresent Him.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 4, 2012, 12:07 am
A dreadful affair that shows yet again that organised religion is corrupt and big business.

Kamila A (141)
Monday June 4, 2012, 12:31 am
even if the castles you build are beautiful, if their foundations are faulty, they shall fall with the big storms coming...

Robert B (60)
Monday June 4, 2012, 7:07 am
Any authority that is not fully transparent needs to be questioned and if the answers are deceptive then that authority needs to be changed.

Kristen H (25)
Monday June 4, 2012, 8:47 am
Kicking them out of the priesthood is not enough. Prosecute them and jail them for their crimes. Only then will they stop feeding off the innocence of young children.

Jim P (3257)
Monday June 4, 2012, 10:26 am
War on Women


June 1, 2012
Posted by Amy Davidson of the New Yorker

American nuns are sending two leaders of their main organization to Rome—on a mission, not a pilgrimage. Sister Pat Farrell, the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Sister Janet Mock, the group’s executive director, want to meet with a cardinal and an archbishop to ask why their group is being disciplined as the result of a harsh “assessment” by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and, more extraordinarily, to object to the Vatican’s findings.

The assessment had talked darkly about “radical feminist” influences and “a distorted ecclesiological vision,” by which the Vatican seemed to mean, mostly, that the nuns were not listening enough to bishops. Strikingly, the problem wasn’t just the things that they were saying, but what they weren’t saying—that they weren’t fervent enough advocates for the bishops’ positions on issues like gay marriage and contraception. (See Margaret Talbot’s Daily Comment for an example.) It was, as I wrote when it was issued a month and a half ago, part of a broader war on nuns on the part of the Church in America, or rather on the part of the Church’s leadership; the women, it turned out, had a great deal of sympathy within local parishes, where people held prayer vigils and told the nuns that they were on their side.

But it was hard to tell what that support was worth: Where are you left when the Church to which you have given your life says that your work isn’t good—that its whole direction is wrong? Their position is a vulnerable one, to say the least. For many of the nuns, the past few weeks seem to have been a hard time, and even a lonely one. When the board of the L.C.W.R. finally met this week in Washington, Sister Pat Farrell said, in an interview today with the National Catholic Reporter, “There was an overall mood of really serious, prayerful reflection, I would say—a gamut of emotions of ups and downs. But I would say that the major thing is that it was a real consolation for all of us to finally be together in one place and to be able to process some of the feelings around this … to finally be able to talk about that face to face.”

The statement the L.C.W.R. arrived at was strong, and also brave:

Board members concluded that the assessment was based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency. Moreover, the sanctions imposed were disproportionate to the concerns raised and could compromise their ability to fulfill their mission. The report has furthermore caused scandal and pain throughout the church community, and created greater polarization.
One of the sanctions was essentially to place the L.C.W.R. into receivership, with an archbishop and a couple of bishops vetting what it did and published, and asked to speak at its meetings. Laurie Goodstein, at the Times, talked to Sister Christine Schenk, the executive director of a Church reform group, about why that was a particular blow:

“Here you see women, very competent, highly educated, doctorates in theology, masters in ministry, C.E.O.’s of hospitals, heads of school systems, being treated as if they were children,” [Sister Schenk] said. “That in itself goes to the issue of where are the women in the decision-making structures in Rome.”
“I think the inference that many people could draw from the publication of the Vatican document is that we are unfaithful,” Sister Pat Farrell told the National Catholic Reporter. “We really do not see ourselves in that way.” She added that speaking up was “a sign of our deepest faithfulness to the church,” because there were “questions that the people of God need to raise, that we need to talk about together in a climate of genuine dialog.”

Is that a conversation the Vatican is ready to have? Two women are going to Rome to find out.

Photograph: Cardinal William Levada, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with whom the nuns will meet at the Vatican. Yana Paskova/The New York Times/Redux.

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Dee C (229)
Monday June 4, 2012, 2:57 pm
Sickening..absolutely sickening..Church should not be above the law//not ever..yet they are..and they will continue to be so..Something should be done to punish those who turned their back on every child who had to endure and suffer at the hands of these pedophiles..and those who kept silent in it to protect these scuzz buckets..

Thanks Kit..seriously something needs to be done in this..


Brenda Towers (0)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 10:10 am
Absolutely shameful and un -Christian!

M B (62)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 1:23 pm
I could imagine that the faith is alright, but not the people who represent it. No church should be above the law. The abuse of altar boys goes on worldwide. It must be stopped, the victims are still suffering. Especially those jerks in high positions must be hold accountable, just like any "common" abuser. The church kept quiet for too long, not only here in Belgium. It's time to make marriage legal, as in the protestant church.

cynthia l (207)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 9:59 pm
they need to be locked up for turning a deaf ear and blind eye to the abuse of the children. This certainaly is reason to not beleive The Catholic church is bullt on a foundation of perversty and lies

Janet G (0)
Monday June 11, 2012, 1:31 pm
When will the coverup end!
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