Catholic Cardinal Authorized $20K To Pay Off Pedophile Priests, Then Railed Against ‘Immorality’ Of Gay Marriage

From Think Progress:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has led the charge against same-sex marriage, describing gay and lesbian unions as “unjust,” “immoral,” and unnatural. “This is a very violation of what we consider natural law that’s embedded in every man and woman and we’re really worried as Americans that it’s going to be detrimental to the common good,” Dolan said in a radio interview in June, as New York prepared to legalize marriage equality. “[W]e still worry about the detrimental effect upon society, upon culture, and certainly upon our individual churches.”

But church documents showing that Dolan paid off priests who had been accused of sexually abusing minors suggest that the prominent Catholic leader was willing to overlook these very same religious convictions to help colleagues accused of egregious wrong doing. The documents, obtained by the New York Times, also show that Dolan lied to reporters when he initially dismissed news of the payments as “false, preposterous and unjust”:

  • Bacopa

    Well giving them 20 thou to go away is better than what they usually did, transfer to another parish where the abuse could start over again.

    Of course, “Get out, and we will support any investigation against you if someone presses charges” would have been better still.

    I know that Scripture says the church is supposed to maintain its own internal discipline rather than resorting to secular law, but when you can’t or won’t do it , it’s time to render unto Caesar.

  • MichaelBertrand

    The Pope’s lap Dog, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, is deeply involved in the Pedophile ‘Conspiracy’ cover-up of the RCC……..This crooked man, who claims to set the morals for 5.6 million NY Catholics…. What a SCAM!!!!

  • BallBag

    When is the Catholic church going to be tried as the organized crime syndicate that it truly is?

  • BYoung

    It’s the consensual aspect that the catholics oppose.

  • Keiser Sowse

    Always wondered what they meant when they said that someone was “reared Catholic”.

  • carl mosconi

    “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest”
    –Denis Diderot