Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan has been considered to be a possible candidate for Pope. Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will resign on Feb. 28. But now “the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, will be deposed on Wednesday afternoon by lawyers representing hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which Cardinal Dolan led before his appointment to New York in 2009”, the New York Times reports.
Cardinal Dolan is one of two American cardinals who are being deposed in sexual abuse lawsuits this week.
The other American is Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles. He is expected to be deposed on Saturday in Los Angeles, and he has been under fire since the court-ordered release last month of 12,000 pages of internal church files revealing his role in shielding accused priests from the law.
But since coming to New York, he has been dogged from time to time by the legal cases in Milwaukee. His successor, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, opted to have the archdiocese declare bankruptcy in 2011, saying that it would be the best way to compensate all the victims, and for the church to move forward. Milwaukee was the eighth Catholic diocese in the United States to seek bankruptcy protection because of abuse lawsuits.
In the Milwaukee Archdiocese, 575 people filed claims saying that they were abused, over many decades, by Catholic clergymen. About 70 said they were victims of the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, who, church records show, admitted that he had molested deaf students at a boarding school outside of Milwaukee, according to Jeff Anderson, a lawyer in St. Paul who represents 350 of the 575 plaintiffs.
The Catholic Church has been embedded with child abuse cases while protecting the perpetrators – the priests complicit in these crimes against children.