My mama just loved the old saying, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!" Too bad New York Catholic Cardinal Timothy F. Dolan didn't meet my mama. She could have given him some great advice this past week.
In short, how dare Dolan lecture the nation on marriage equality when it is now revealed that he has the morality of a money launderer, the inability to tell the truth and is a first rate cover-up artist.
When Dolan was Archbishop of Milwaukee some of the worst cases of child abuse by church clergy in the country were uncovered by church officials. In one case, Father Lawrence Murphy molested over two hundreds young men. That is just one case. Another Priest molested over three dozens young men in his time in Milwaukee.
What was the church response? To turn these men into the police?
When Dolan was Archbishop they continued the Catholic Church policy of offering stipends and benefits to child molesting priests if they would leave the church quietly. As the New York Times reported today, "In one case, the Vatican took five years to remove a convicted sex offender from the priesthood.
The paper also said that twenty-two priests were simply reassigned to other parishes and eight of them became repeat offenders! Over 500 cases have been filed against the Catholic Church in Dolan's former Archdiocese.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has repeated said he did not transfer funds so that the victims of child molestation by Priests could be justifiably compensated. That turns out to be nothing more than an outright lie. He has lied to the press, to his faithful flock and to the victims of this horror.
Documents released yesterday in a Milwaukee court case show that the Cardinal asked and received Vatican permission to move over $50 million dollars to a "Cemetery Trust Fund' to protect those funds from lawsuits by the victims of this widespread molestation in the Milwaukee diocese.
The victims of abuse in Milwaukee are now calling for a federal investigation in Cardinal Dolan's role in the cover-up and transfer of funds.
When the DOMA decision came down from the Supreme Court came down last week, Cardinal Dolan said:
"The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California's Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence."
Cardinal Dolan has long ago lost the ability to understand the concept of 'truth'. He should immediately resigned from being Cardinal. The 'truth' demands it.