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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.
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 )..
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."
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:
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