Abuse victims and church members hoped that Cardinal Timothy Dolan would be the new face of a more compassionate church but the New York Times reports that he was hiding assets from victims of clergy sexual abuse:
Files 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.”
But the documents lift the curtain on his role as a workaday church functionary concerned with safeguarding assets, convincing abusive priests to leave voluntarily in exchange for continued stipends and benefits, and complying with Rome’s sluggish canonical procedures for dismissing uncooperative priests whom he had long concluded were remorseless and a serious risk to children. In one case, it took the Vatican five years to remove a convicted sex offender from the priesthood.