In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers

In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.

Questioned at the time about the news that one particularly notorious pedophile cleric had been given a “payoff” to leave the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan, then the archbishop, responded that such an inference was “false, preposterous and unjust.”

But a document unearthed during bankruptcy proceedings for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and made public by victims’ advocates reveals that the archdiocese did make such payments to multiple accused priests to encourage them to seek dismissal, thereby allowing the church to remove them from the payroll.

A spokesman for the archdiocese confirmed on Wednesday that payments of as much as $20,000 were made to “a handful” of accused priests “as a motivation” not to contest being defrocked. The process, known as “laicization,” is a formal church juridical proc...

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  • commented 2012-06-07 13:17:29 -0500
    David, I am so very sorry that so much evil has happened to you but thank you for sharing your story. Betrayal is the worst, but what these men have done (the enablers) is the worst of all. There is no justification whatsoever for their behavior on any level. You are brave to have come forward, it’s no easy to do. Be well, my friend, and know that you are not alone.
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