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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I hope by telling a part of my struggle dealing with my sexual abuse as a child, you can see how abhorrent and painful it is to a victim, when revealed Cardinal Dolan the leader of the Catholic Church in America actions as Archbishop of Milwaukee to gave cash payment of twenty thousand dollars to abusive priests to quietly leave the church and prevent them from any further embarrassment. I as an adult trying to deal with my abuse occurred as a child is thrown only crumbs by the church (co-payments on depression medication and co-pay on therapy) I understand fully why victims sue the church to find some form of justice, because the church helps out with as little as possible and wants the victims to just go away, at the same time Church leaders are paying the abusers money to go. Ironic isnât it?
Annette Nestler-SNAP Southern New Jersey