New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has been a name whispered about as a possible replacement for Pope Benedict XVI. He has also been deposed in connection to accusations of sexual abuse at his old stomping grounds, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling stated that “Today, Cardinal Dolan had the long-awaited opportunity to talk about his decision nine years ago in Milwaukee to publicize the names of priests who had abused children and how he responded to the tragedy of past clergy sexual abuse of minors, during the time he was privileged to serve as archbishop of Milwaukee.”
The archdiocese in Milwaukee is facing numerous lawsuits over how they handled the clerical sexual abuse scandal. In 2011, under likely guidance from Dolan, the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy.
Dolan is a long shot to be the next Pope, but then again, then-Cardinal Ratzinger was not exactly high on the list of likely Popes when he was chosen to succeed Pope John-Paul II. Any choice to succeed Benedict is likely to claim that gays are the reason for the scandal, not their own cover up.