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Cardinal Dolan anticipates more negative publicity

February 24, 2014

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has warned the faithful of his New York archdiocese that he may be hit by some negative publicity soon.

In a letter issued last week, the cardinal said that the St. Louis archdiocese, where he once served as an auxiliary bishop, has complied with a court order to release documents about the handling of sex-abuse cases. When the documents become public, the cardinal said, “I would anticipate that my name will again be highlighted in the press.”

“I sure have nothing to hide, and am very much at peace with law enforcements officials reviewing the files,” Cardinal Dolan said. He explained that he was giving advance notice because he expected “a repeat of last year’s attempt by the same tort lawyers to muddy my name”—a reference to the criticism he encountered when documents were released by the Milwaukee archdiocese, where he was stationed before his appointment to New York.


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