Cardinal Dolan: NY Times Does Not Have Reputation of Fair & Accurate Reporting Regarding the Church

Cardinal Timothy Dolan lashed out at The New York Times after mass on Sunday. The former New York archbishop told reporters that was no “payoff” to pedophile priests as the Old Gray Lady reported.
The New York Post reported:

Timothy Cardinal Dolan yesterday blasted a report that he authorized payments to pedophile priests — and said no such payments are being made to New York clerics.

Dolan, while serving as Milwaukee archbishop in 2003, agreed to pay multiple accused pedophile priests $20,000 in exchange for their agreeing to leave the priesthood, according to documents cited by The New York Times.

Joseph Zwilling, Dolan’s New York Archdiocese spokesman, told The Post last week that there was no “payoff” to pedophile priests — only “charity.”

“The New York Times does not have a reputation for fair and accurate reporting when it comes to this issue,” Dolan said yesterday after Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown. “So, to respond to charges like that — that are groundless and scurrilous — in my book it’s useless and counterproductive.”

Yesterday, Dolan denied that similar payments were being made in the New York Archdiocese, which includes about 400 parishes in Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island, and seven suburban counties.

“No, thank God. Cardinal Egan did a splendid job — that’s all taken care of,” said Dolan, referring to his predecessor, Edward Cardinal Egan.

Dolan didn’t say whether similar payments to abusive Archdiocese of New York priests were made in the past.

Of course, anyone who’s paying attention understands the latest attack by the NY Times on the Catholic Church is payback for their suit against the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate.
It’s not like they’re fooling anyone.

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  • J. Knight

    Uh, hate to break the news to you, Cardinal, but the NYTs doesn’t have a reputation of fair and accurate reporting on anything. It’s not just the Church.

  • mg4us

    #1 J. Knight

    Couldn’t agree more. . .

    NYT. . not reporters but repeaters. . repeating the WH talking points and leftist agenda. . .

    Plus, there is a lot of “news” that they refuse to print or cover. . .

    That is why their readership is declining as is the net worth of their company.

  • BurmaShave

    I nominate this for the understatement of the year.

  • Fuquay Steve

    NYT reporters and editors are pompous, intolerant, arrogant and that is being mild.

  • Jeff

    There is no lie. Documents clearly state the payments were intended for priests accused of pedophilia to leave the priesthood. Calling it “charity” does not change the intent of the action. The spokesperson for the archdiocese CONFIRMED THIS IS TRUE.

    Read the report yourself and then ask yourself why you would want to take the word of a man that helped disguise decades of sex abuse and provided verifiable payments to make rapists ‘go away’.

  • kathteach

    Our former Milwaukee Wisconsin Cardinal Dolan now speaks for all of us – a true rock star.

    The next Pope – an American guy with Midwestern roots like Dolan? He comes from St. Louis – Jim should love that :-)

    He is definitely a guy to watch – a true American hero. And I mean totally American.

  • Jeff

    Here is the website for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to respond to inaccurate statements made in news reports:

    If the following quote from the NY Times article confirming the payouts is not true, why wouldn’t the archdiocese have published a statement saying they were misquoted or the reporter lied?

    ***“It was a way to provide an incentive to go the voluntary route and make it happen quickly, and ultimately cost less,” said Jerry Topczewski, the spokesman for the archdiocese. “Their cooperation made the process a lot more expeditious.”****

    No retraction from the archdiocese on this statement.

    It’s a sad reality but Cardinal Dolan is clearly lying and, perhaps more unfortunately, he’s trying to use conservative anger at the NY Times to cover up what he’s done. He’s trying to take advantage of all of you and you shouldn’t let him.

  • Paul

    So, if I understand this correctly, Jeff is upset because the Archdiocese of Milwaukee did everything they could to get these guys out of the priesthood as quickly as possible? Cardinal, then Archbishop, Dolan was handed an ugly problem created by his predecessor, and he cleaned it up as quickly as possible. Of course, the NYT is much gentler with the Cardinal’s predecessor.

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  • MT Geoff

    H’m. The Roman Catholic Church, especially in America, has kneaded its own communion wafers and now they must find a way to swallow them.
    The Church has supported nearly all left-wing ideas that look at all like charity or “social justice”. The Church has been pleased to see “charity” compelled by law (historically, this is a continuation of the Church’s right to claim tithes, or at least comparable to it). The Church has liked Medicare and Medicaid as funding sources for the Church’s genuinely compassionate health-care missions. The Church likes the idea of public funding finding a path to Church schools, which are excellent schools. The Church has, tacitly at least, embraced the idea that the government can stand in for God in the concept of all we have being a gift from others.
    Now the Church fnds out there’s a lot more to the package. When the Church becomes the partner of the state, they often interfere with each other and citizens are often the real losers. And when the Church pushes back against the soft tyranny the leaders have helped to form, they find another of the soft tyranny’s agents acting against them.
    The NY Times operates on its agenda and its agenda is only sometimes compatible with that of the Roman Catholic Church. That said, there’s some truth to Jeff’s comment at #5: the settlements have an air of expedition, not charity, about them. I like the Roman Catholic Church much better than I like the NY Times but I’ve got a few bones to pick with each of them about how they encourage meddling by the government in things that are best left to individuals.

  • ahem

    Rights once lost are almost impossible to re-gain. If you believe in the First Amendment, stand with the Catholic Church. Let the Obama regime know you don’t want the Left to criminalize Christianity and establish a state religion!

    Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally on Friday, June 8 at noon local time.


  • J. Knight

    Jeff, you are rightly upset, but the point is about the sorry state of journalism at the NYTs. That the Catholic Church is finally learning what we conservatives know is progress of a sort. The Church has plenty to atone for, that’s for sure.

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  • Rachelle

    Is the New York Times still being published?

    Who knew?

    Can’t last long.

  • bg


    surely he doth jest.. /s/

    scroll thread for much more..

    this thread for much more as well..

    thank you..


  • Noovuss

    I guess the very progressive Catholic Church has fallen out of love with Obungle and the NYT.
    But don’t fear, as soon as this little lovers spat is over the church will return to backing every hair brained communist program that comes down the road. Just like they have for the last 50 years.
    Move along, nothing to see here.

  • Noovuss


    So let me get this right.
    I’m to stand up for the church so they don’t lose any rights, because those rights are almost impossible to get back? Hahahahahahahahahaha….
    I wonder if they will help me get back my property rights, you know redistribution to the poor.
    The progressive church worked very hard to remove those rights from me with the help of communist politicians that they supported for election. I’m thinking of sitting this one out to teach the progressive Catholic Church a badly needed lesson. They are sort of late to the dance on all of this, nothing cries better than a crocodile.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    The one thing I’m curious about is if Cardinal Dolan at one time thought that the Catholic church and the NYT were members of the same team…

  • American Woman

    That’s ok, Cardinal, sad to say the NY Times doesn’t Have a Reputation of fair & accurate reporting about anything. (Who buys this rag?)