(Rebecca Fishbein) Cardinal Timothy Dolan has denied allegations in the past that he paid off pedophile priests and/or tried to shield church funds while serving as Archbishop of Milwaukee. However, new files released by his former archdiocese reveal that Catholic Church officials did protect church funds from potential lawsuits by alleged sex abuse victims, with Dolan moving $57 million into a trust in 2007.

Among the 6,000 pages of documents released by the Milwaukee archdiocese yesterday was a letter from Dolan to the Vatican requesting the funds be transferred, with the then-Archbishop noting, “I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” The files also revealed the archdiocese had reassigned priests who were accused of sexual molestation, and an attorney representing victims who claim abuse by the Church says the transferred funds were meant to "pay off some of the offenders to quietly go away."

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