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Catholic America's "top dog",
Cardinal Timothy Dolan

In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI made Timothy Dolan the Archbishop of New York, the top of the Roman Catholic totem pole in the U.S.A., and made him a Cardinal. in 2012. In 2011, Dolan was also selected by his 200+ fellow U.S. bishops to be the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, The only way the church could honor this man any more is to make him either a saint or pope.
        Here's an article that shows what a rock star Dolan was| when he was in Rome to pick up his red hat, including talk of his being viewed as a possible future pope.


What made this clergyman worthy of such honors?

Dolan was made the "auxiliary" bishop of St. Louis, Mo, in 2001, and after a single year in that position as "bishop in training", he was made the archbishop of the very important Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2002, where he served until in promotion to N.Y. in 2009.

Maybe it was the book Dolan published n 2005, " Called to Be Holy",. which earned a perfect 5 star rating on Amazon (by a total of 9 reviewers, (as of 02 / 12 / 12 )..

To see how unusual Dolan's rise to power, consider the careers of two liberal churchmen who spent their entire episcopal careers as "auxiliary bishops", Tom Gumbleton in Detroit Michigan and Bishop Geoffrey of Sydney, Australia.

It couldn't have been the way he managed the many cases of pedophilia by priests under his supervision. His diocese published a list of 44 different pedophile priests in 2004, claiming that was the entire group of offenders. The diocese has also been accused of hiding $120 million in assets to reduce the amount of amount available to compensate victims of sexual abuse at the hands of its priests. Although the diocese just barely avoided bankruptcy under Archbishop Dolan's tenure, it is not expected to avoid it much longer as court proceedings are bringing more and more scandals to light.

Sealed documents filed in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy identify at least 8,000 instances of child sexual abuse and 100 alleged offenders – 75 of them priests – who have not previously been named by the archdiocese. The Archdiocese has now filed for bankruptcy in an effort to avoid paying the 8,000 victims they’ve been purposefully hiding from police. The church is now arguing that the statute of limitations has passed for bringing fraud charges, even though the church has deliberately hidden incriminating information from police and victims for the past decade (when Dolan was in charge).


In his role in New York, Dolan has faced criticism from SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The organization has called him the "Teflon prelate."

"He's charming and affable but as bad or worse than most bishops when it comes to clergy sex crimes and coverups," David Clohessy, the executive director of SNAP, said in an e-mail after Dolan was installed in New York. "His deceitful and secretive moves to help a serial predator priest quietly resign in August are particularly upsetting."

The group claimed Dolan allowed a prominent priest to resign, despite claims from at least nine men who have accused him of molesting them when they were boys, the group said.

In 2008, Dolan's predecessor found the allegations credible and suspended the priest, the group said.

At the time, Dolan's office declined to respond to CNN's questions about the priest.

But Dolan has responded to allegations of sexual abuse in the broader church and from the pulpit at St Patrick's Cathedral. He has said the church and the pope deserve a critical examination. "All we ask is that it be fair and the church not be singled out for a horror that has cursed every culture, religious organization, institution and family in the world," he said.

  • Then Archbishop Timothy Dolan, has elicited outrage after telling a national news show that the "greatest culprits" in the sexual abuse of children are not celibate priests, but married men.
  • In 2011, then Archbishop Timothy Dolan fought a losing battle to prevent New York state from embracing marriage equality for gays.
  • In 2011, then Archbishop Timothy Dolan said on national TV: “When you think of what happened, both that a man who proposes to act in the name of God would’ve abused an innocent young person, and that some bishops would have in a way, countenanced that by reassigning abusers,” Dolan said, “that’s nothing less than hideous. That’s nothing less than nauseating.”

Dolan became Archbishop of N.Y. after Cardinal Egan had been required to step aside after reaching age 75. Not long after Dolan said the above, Cardinal Egan reflected on the R.C. pedophilia scandals in general and on his own record in New York, and in the diocese of Bridgeport, CT, which he had headed before being promoted to the New York Archdiocese:

  • "I don’t think we did anything wrong."
  • "I’m very proud of how this thing was handled. "
  • "I believe the sex abuse thing was incredibly good. There really wasn’t much . . . hidden."
  • " I do think it’s time to get off this subject."
  • "I don’t think I should be upset about that, or you should be, or anybody else. "
  • "I never had one of these sex abuse cases, either in Bridgeport or here (New York)."
  • "And I believe that the cases I had were each handled just exactly as they should have been."
  • " I did exactly what we were told to do. And as a result, not one of them (the accused priests) did a thing out of line. "

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