Update: Cardinal sought to protect church from sex abuse claims

July 2, 2013

An article by Laurie Goldstein, New York Times reporter, showed that Cardinal Timothy F. Dolan sought to protect church assets from victims of sex abuse by moving $57 million into a cemetery trust fund. Cardinal Dolan has previously expressed outrage against the abuse of children.

The revelation came as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee released a number of documents detailing the sex abuse cases.

The release of more than 6,000 pages of documents on Monday was hailed by victims and their advocates as a vindication and a historic step toward transparency and accountability. They were well aware that the archives would bring unusually intense scrutiny to the country’s most high-profile prelate, Cardinal Dolan, who as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the archbishop of New York has sought to help the church turn the corner on the era of scandal.

Cardinal Dolan has been regarded by many Catholics as part of the solution. In public appearances, he has expressed personal outrage at the harm done to children, apologized profusely and pledged to help the church and the victims heal.


Image from Seth Wenig, The Associated Press.

In Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Alex Gibney’s in-depth portrait of sex abuse within the Catholic church, Goldstein provided key details in the case of Father Murphy’s sex abuse allegations in Wisconsin.