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By Peter O'Dwyer
As the Fr. Miqueli scandal broke, the girlfriend of Miqueli's gay-for-pay prostitute, Tatyana, wrote to the New York archdiocese offering proof of the priest's misdeeds, including the embezzlement and the sexual activity.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, When confronted by reporters asking why nothing was made of this, claimed that the archdiocese had tried to set up a meeting with Tatyana but that she had simply "never showed."
But Cdl. Dolan leaves out key facts that change the entire story, and the truth is considerably more complex than what he presented.
Tatyana had initially agreed to the meeting, and had asked that a parishioner-friend go with her because he was an eyewitness and because of the gravity of the evidence. The archdiocese had agreed.
But according to parishioners and Tatyana herself, the archdiocese abruptly backtracked and demanded that she come alone the next day. Even more, they demanded that she hand over all the evidence.
Fearing that the archdiocese would not be acting in good faith, and concerned it would simply ignore or cover up the evidence she would be handing over, Tatyana refused to attend the meeting.
But Cdl. Dolan left out these facts in his public response, making Tatyana appear unreliable and lacking in credibility. Meanwhile, all the parishioners supported Tatyana's decision not to show up alone to the meeting with the archdiocese; they believed it was a smart decision.
For an in-depth analysis of this developing story, watch the entire episode of "Mic'd Up—Must See: Alleged Cover-Up in NYC."