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Dolan Rips ‘Groundless’ Claims That He Authorized Payments to Abusive Priests

 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of New York, said on Sunday that reports he approved payments to priests facing sex abuse charges while he was archbishop of Milwaukee were “groundless and scurrilous.”

Speaking to reporters after mass at St. Patrick’s on Sunday, Dolan blasted the New York Times‘ coverage of “this issue” saying it was not fair or accurate. He also took aim at the organization behind the charges – specifically the abuse victims’ advocate group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, which recently made public a document from the archdiocese’s bankruptcy proceedings that references a proposal to pay up to $20,000 to priests accused of abuse who return to the laity.

“SNAP has no credibility whatsoever,” Dolan said. “To respond to charges like that that are groundless and scurrilous in my book is useless and counterproductive.”

The Times was among numerous media organizations that reported about the document made public by SNAP.

Dolan’s comments Sunday seemed to contradict a statement made to WNYC by a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York last week, which said that the cardinal “has read and supports the statement from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.”

A spokesman did not return request for clarification on Sunday. [more]

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8 Comments

  1. Dr. Sarah A. Dolan says:

    Re: Tom, if true, what is so bad about paying $20,000 each to remove 8 abusive priests,is that these priests can leave and go on to abuse other children. Have you thought of that? Catholic News USA Note: I have not made this comment before as you seem to think.

  2. Dr. Sarah A. Dolan says:

    Re: Tom, if true, what is so bad about paying $20,000 each to remove 8 abusive priests,is that these priests can leave and go on to abuse other children. Have you thought of that?

  3. Tom Wilson says:

    As Pilate said “What is truth?” The Cardinal and his former Diocese seem to have different views. Anyway, what’s so bad about paying to remove priests where JP II refused to speed and streamline the Canon Law process?

  4. joseph Francis says:

    Reports of payments to priests were “groundless and scurrilous” not fair or accurate, Dolan reports. This document from the bankrupcy proceedings that reference a “proposel” to pay up to $20,000 to priests accused of abuse to return to the laity. Dolan has now put “Snap” on the defensive. The issue in not going to be put under the rug. The issue has to be resolved one way or another or Dolan will be tarnished as the Bishop-Cardinal of New York and be inaffective as a moral Shepherd defending and fighting for the Catholic church. How terrably sad for the church that the Vatican, the Bishops and Cardinals collectivly didn’t “nip this cancer in the bud.” and stop this cancer from spreading as it did. Dolan is into “Damage Control.” Is it true or not? As long as this is not resolved, Dolan will not have the respet or support from the people of God. I will continue to pray for him and support him.

  5. Thomas Merton says:

    It is sad, Nancy, that you and your kind are still drinking the cool-aide. Snap is not hunting witches but abusive priests and the clergy that has covered it up, paid off victims and hidden documents from the public which they are supposed to serve. [See Diocese of Philly] It is people like you that have allowed this heinous behavior to survive all these years.

  6. Steve says:

    Apparently the minutes from meetings over which he presided are “groundless”? Now he’s moving into the realm of delusional. Sad.

  7. Yes, he does. SNAP is a bunch of witch-hunters.

  8. Tony says:

    Oh the Times and SNAP have no credibility whatsoever!,l,
    And the Cardinal does????

 
 

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