The NY Times has a story about Cdl. Dolan providing what some call “financial incentives” and others call “payoffs” to pervy priests in order to get them to agree to leave the priesthood immediately rather than fight out a long drawn out process.
There is much dudgeon in the article. There is no dudgeon–none whatsoever–about the fact that exactly the same tactic is used to get rid of pervy public school teachers. This, and the lionization of the Right Sort of Roman makes me rather inclined to think this a specimen of the Times indulging in fake dudgeon because of Dolan’s leadership against the HHS mandate. In short, it’s a hit piece in the service of another agenda.
Ah, yes. Roman Polanski. His profile at the New York Times mentions his rape of a 13-year-old girl, but oh, they don’t call it rape. They call it “sex.”
Roman Polanski is an Oscar-winning director known for films that include “Knife in Water” and “The Pianist.” He is also known for having fled the United States more than 30 years ago on the eve of sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
This does not prevent the New York Times from continuing to write glowing stories about him. One month after Polanski’s arrest in Switzerland, the New York Times featured his “Milestones” as a film director.
Cardinal Dolan has not hurt any children. As Mark Shea noted, the payout is exactly the same thing that school districts have done to remove child molesting teachers in order to expedite their removal. This is in addition to what I noted earlier about the duties of the Church.
Michael Voris covered Hollywood’s defense of Roman Polanski in a video back in 2009 not long after the New York Times printed their “Milestones” piece on Polanski. It’s instructive to watch it again now, given this attack on Cardinal Dolan. As long as the New York Times promotes child molesters who happen to be Hollywood darlings, it seems rather hypocritical of them to attack Cardinal Dolan who was doing what he could to ensure the safety of children and to laicize, as quickly as possible, those priests who did not live up to their duties and abused children.