600+ Le Moyne students sign petition to remove Cardinal Dolan as commencement speaker
05/11/2015 12:01 AM, Syracuse (WSYR-TV), localsyr.com
Some students at Le Moyne College are angry that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York will be speaking at graduation next weekend.
There are allegations, that while Dolan was Archbishop of Milwaukee, he moved money into a fund to protect priests involved in sexual abuse scandals.
The cardinal has denied these claims, but Le Moyne students say he's not fit to be their speaker.
"It's just because there's so many questions dealing with this. And we had so many different cases of sexual assault being addressed on our campus. I felt it was a bit hypocritical . . .
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