NY Cardinal’s Ulterior Motives

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by William Mahoney, Ph.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 20, 2021   

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A recently released document shows the cardinal of New York had ulterior motives in establishing a victims' compensation program. 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York set up a compensation program in 2016, supposedly to bring "peace and healing to those who have suffered abuse."

But ABC News obtained a transcript of a 2017 teleconference in which the compensation program's lawyer, appointed by Dolan, explains the cardinal was trying to stop the reopening of New York State's Child Victims Act or CVA.

Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer, said Dolan's thinking was along the lines of, "We are already doing this, why bother? Don't reopen the statute. We are taking care of our own problem."

At the time, the debate in Albany over reopening the CVA was ongoing.

The act lifts the statute of limitations for sex abuse for one year, allowing victims to sue during that window.

One of those victims, James Larney, was abused by his priest at the age of 13.

"He [the priest-abuser] put his hand behind my head. And I started to cry quietly, but he was not going to stop. ... I never thought that this moment would come where I would be able to legally seek justice," Larney said.

In the leaked transcript, Feinberg also reveals another aspect of Dolan's intentions was to save money.

He explained, "The whole point is to get the release, so we offer $10,000. In Buffalo, maybe $5,000. Get the release. We want to be able to show Albany that people are accepting this money and signing releases. You don't need to change the statute."

If Feinberg is correct, then Dolan says one thing officially and another behind closed doors.

Like Hillary Clinton, who unwittingly remarked in an exposed email, the cardinal seems to have a public and a private position on issues like clergy sex abuse.

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