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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  • Kay Goodnow
    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.
  • Annette Kissell Nestler
    commented 2012-06-07 12:42:34 -0500
    Thank you so much for sharing your story Dave. We have suffered gravely at the ills of these evil men that care more about their power and money. It is perfectly acceptable to them to sacrifice the children/vunerable adults of their flock. What kind of spiritual leaders do this? They are not spiritual leaders, they are human sickness at it’s worst.

    Annette Nestler
  • David O'Regan
    commented 2012-06-07 08:27:24 -0500
    As a childhood victim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest at a Catholic summer camp beginning at age ten I had repressed memories as a protection mechanism growing up and as an adult. That all changed forty two years later in 2002 when the clergy sex scandal erupted in Boston the archdiocese my abused occurred in. The betrayal of the Catholic Church, sacrificing children to protect the church’s name by not reporting abusive clergy to police, and transferring these despicable men, never mind ordained priest in many cases only to re-offend innocent children, was more than I could take, I was forced to deal my own sexual abuse that I protecting myself from by never allowing my mind to revisit the abuse that was too painful to revisit. The broken little boy within me never had a chance to heal from the trauma and pain of sexual abuse by a Catholic Priest. Forty two years later the memories I was running away from were triggered by the knowledge unfolding in Boston before my eyes, the Catholic Church was complicit and allowed children to be sexually violated by cleric in their custody to protect the church’s reputation, while knowingly sacrificing children to the perverted sick men by reassigning them. The little boy within me now needed to comprehend how the incomparable could happen. The memories from the abuse slowly began to return. I was overwhelmed by the shame, the guilt, and the humiliation, passed on to me from my perpetrator. This caused me to fall into a very deep depression that required medical attention, first antidepressant medication and then therapy. My physical health was severely compromised, I was unable to go to work for weeks at a time, my sick leave was soon used up and no money was coming in, groceries were bought with credit cards so the family could eat, and soon we were deeply in dept. I had a federal job and the only reason I was not fired for my absence was the family medical leave act which protected me from losing it. I developed pneumonia and asthma which required expensive medication of extended period of treatment. My co-payment for an inhaler I was prescribed was sixty dollars a month. I did do as an adult what I could not do as a child, I went to the church and reported my abuser, the church wanted to help with my recovery from sexual abuse, and told me they would pay the co-payment on my depression medication, and also the co-pay for therapy. There was no offer to pay for the time missed at work. I did ask them to pick up the co-pays for my inhaler as I could not afford the sixty dollar co-pay. I was turned down, being told the diocese could not possibly pay for it. They denied my request stating my other health problems could not linked to my abuse.
    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 isn’t it?
  • Annette Kissell Nestler
    commented 2012-05-31 16:08:29 -0500
    This is horrifying to read. Pay them off and let them quietly slip away, into someones neighborhood, where an unsuspecting families child/children can be molested and all their lives destroyed. What is wrong with this picture. The rest of the population would be subject to Megan’s law and, hopefully, be put on the sex offender registry. Not the RCC heirarchy, they are above the rest of us. They can pay problem people to go away and who cares who else they hurt, so long as, they remain in power and control. NO MORE!!! I’m horrified that I was offered the same amount for counseling after being orphaned by their sickness. If they want me to shup up and slip away quietly, forget it. I’m hear to tell the story.

    Annette Nestler-SNAP Southern New Jersey
  • Nancy Mayer
    commented 2012-05-31 11:59:24 -0500
    In corporate North America it is common place to offer money for people to “go away”. This is more proof that the Roman Catholic Church is operating like any other for profit organization. So they should be taxed like one.
  • Kay Goodnow
    commented 2012-05-31 11:22:26 -0500
    He is a bottom pond sucking scum.
  • John M Shuster
    commented 2012-05-31 10:42:36 -0500
    Instead of calling the police, Dolan offered big money to child rapist priests. Notice that he has not offered money to survivors to help with their desperate situations and need for medication and counseling. More disgusting revelations from the feculent underbelly of the Roman Catholic priesthood…

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