SNAP Claims Cardinal Dolan Discussed Paying Molesting Priests to Leave Church

May 30, 2012

MILWAUKEE - On Wednesday, a group that supports victims of abuse by priests was to make new accusations against a former Milwaukee archbishop and current New York cardinal.

They were to talk about documents which they claim show that now-Cardinal Timothy Dolan was involved in plans to pay child molesters to quietly leave the priesthood.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says they have proof that shows Dolan took part in a 2003 finance council meeting where a plan to pay pedophile priests and child molesters $20,000 each to quietly leave was discussed.

Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba allegedly was also involved in that meeting.

SNAP claims that meeting minutes show Dolan began a series of financial maneuvers to place more than $100 million into newly-invented trusts.

SNAP is calling on Archbishop Jerome Listecki to make full financial disclosure and release of what they call "The Dolan Papers."

Dolan now leads the New York Archdiocese. He served as Milwaukee's archbishop from 2002-09.

SNAP was to make their claims public on the steps of the Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.


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