Our Archbishops Chief of Staff responded to criticism of payments to encourage priests who had sexually abused children to seek laicization, our Archdiocesan weekly reports.
SNAP calls these "payoffs". Mr. Topczewki cites Cardinal Dolan as calling them "charity". The latter might be more plausible if Mr. Topczewki had not already gone to such lengths to say our Archdiocese's motive was financial. Here on the secular side the word "buyouts" would be applied.
I have gotten the impression that part of SNAP's strategy is to make Church leaders and spokesmen sound rattled and defensive, desparately spinning at length as if they never had or else cannot keep a firm grasp of their objectives. Is laicizing a priest pretty much like firing any other employee, or is it utterly different because of the nature of the priesthood?* I assume circumstances put Mr. Topczewki in the unfortunate position that he seems to say both at different points in the article.
*Judy Block-Jones of SNAP posted a comment to the article saying "These child predators should have been fired, without pay... ."