Target: Robert Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Goal: Conduct a federal investigation of Cardinal Timothy Dolan for hiding millions of dollars in church funds meant to compensate victims of sexual abuse
In a recently released letter from 2007, Cardinal Timothy Dolan asked the Vatican permission to move $57 million into a trust as an attempt to conceal compensation from sexual abuse victims. This kind of outrageous corruption cannot be tolerated. Please demand that the FBI investigate Dolan to the fullest extent of the law.
Cardinal Dolan, now the Archbishop of New York, has been exposed for appealing to the Vatican to allocate millions of funds to a trust designated to maintain cemeteries during his time as Archbishop of Milwaukee. In the incriminating letter, Dolan justifies his appeal by writing, “I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” Five weeks later the Vatican approved the transfer.
The Survivor’s Network for Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is an advocacy group that has come out with a statement calling for a federal investigation of Cardinal Dolan on the grounds that he committed fraudulent conveyance, since he moved these funds with knowledge that the Milwaukee Archdiocese was going bankrupt. SNAP’s statement also charges Dolan with paying off at least nine pedophile clergymen to leave quietly, allowing them to potentially settle in another unsuspecting community, a claim also supported by the newly released documentation. By committing this fraud, Cardinal Dolan has shown that his priorities lie in safeguarding assets and not in protecting victims and survivors of sexual abuse. Demand that Dolan be federally investigated for fraud against those he should have been protecting.
Dear FBI Director Mueller,
In light of the newly released documents from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee concerning the efforts of Cardinal Dolan to conceal millions of dollars from clergy sexual abuse victims, I am writing to ask that you investigate Cardinal Dolan for his alleged crimes.
I am appalled that Cardinal Dolan would take such measures to swindle victims who have been sexually abused by the clergy. Behavior like this exposes just how uncommitted some of the most powerful members of the Catholic Church are to paying retribution to innocent victims. Adding insult to injury, Cardinal Dolan has shown that not only does he not care for survivors of sexual abuse, but has gone to great premeditated lengths to virtually steal from them.
I understand that the Catholic Church has suffered great financial damage in the aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal, but that is nothing compared to the suffering of those who have been abused at the hands of the clergy. Cardinal Dolan was in a position where he could have and should have helped restore faith in the good that the Catholic Church is supposed to do, but instead he inflicted even more damage upon those who deserve the most recompense. Please investigate Cardinal Dolan for these egregious alleged crimes.
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