Clohessy and others also were highly critical of both Weakland and his successor, Archbishop Timothy Dolan after Weakland testified that the two had never discussed any of the cases when Dolan took over in August 2002.
“It’s just painful to think of any bishop taking over a diocese and not even casually asking his predecessor, ‘Anything about sex abuse I should know? Any predator not publicly acknowledged yet? Any priest I should know about?”
Our Archdiocese responded.
Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for the archdiocese, said even before Dolan’s arrival, the archdiocese had compiled a list of all those who had been accused, credibly or otherwise. When the crisis began to break anew after revelations in Boston in January 2002, he said the Milwaukee Archdiocese “quickly acknowledged that we had six men in active ministry that we had already removed” from ministry. He said the diocese already had convened an independent commission headed by the dean of the Marquette University Law School.
All of the information compiled was available for Dolan from his first day on the job, said Topczewski. He said Dolan also initiated his own investigation of any priests who had any hint of allegations against them and consulted the vicar for clergy, who was most responsible for dealing with charges against priests.
What is meant by "compilations"? Did the compilers' work include editing or summarizing? If so, has anyone suggested to Archbishop Dolan that he read the full record, and, if so, has he? Has Archbishop Dolan read the compilations? Is there nothing Archbishop Weakland could tell Archbishop Dolan beyond what's in the compilations? Have Archbishop Weakland and Archbishop Dolan spoken privately on any other subject?
(via SNAP Network)