Cardinal Dolan deposed about Milwaukee clergy sex abuse


by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE --  Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, formerly Milwaukee, answered questions Wednesday about clergy sex crimes while under oath.

Dolan is being deposed by lawyers representing hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

The New York Archdiocese issued this statement on the proceedings:

"Today Cardinal Dolan had the long-awaited opportunity to talk about his decision nine years ago in Milwaukee to publicize the names of priests who had abused children and how he responded to the tragedy of past clergy sexual abuse of minors, during the time he was privileged to serve as Archbishop of Milwaukee.  He has indicated over the past two years that he was eager to cooperate in whatever way he could, and he was looking forward to talking about the good work  and progress that took place to ensure the protection of children and pastoral outreach to victims."

Cardinal Dolan is one of two American cardinals who are being deposed about sexual abuse lawsuits this week.

The Milwaukee Archdiocese have had 575 claims of abuse filed against them over the past few decades. The New York Times reports 70 of those victims were victims of Reverend Lawrence Murphy, who admitted to molesting deaf students.

SNAP, or the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests also issued a statement Wednesday. It said in part: "Since the bankruptcy filing and following the blueprint and blessing lefty by Dolan, church attorneys have launched an unprecedented legal attack on victims, attempting over the last two years to do little else than throw out every single case..."

"It is absolutely essential that Dolan's deposition is not placed under court seal at the request of church lawyers. In fact, Dolan himself should insist that the testimony be made public. Dolan, while in Milwaukee, did a lot of creative maneuvering of priest sex offenders and creative accounting of church money."



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