Damning Cardinal Dolan letter is released; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Monday, July 1
A letter released today proves that Cardinal Timothy Dolan deliberately and deceptively shifted millions of dollars into a fund so it would be protected from clergy sex abuse lawsuits and settlements.
In 2007, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Dolan wrote that moving $57 million in church funds will provide "improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.
The Dolan letter, sent to the Vatican, is one of roughly 5,000 pages of long hidden church records that are being made public today as part of a bankruptcy proceeding. A month after Dolan’s request, Vatican officials approved the shuffling of funds.
Vatican officials move at a glacial pace, if at all, to protect kids from predator priests. But they move with lightning speed to protect church officials from criticism and church money from victims.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
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