A federal judge has ruled that the creation of a cemetery trust fund in 2007 by then-Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – the subject of a lot of hysterical coverage a month ago in the New York Times – was a completely legitimate and warranted financial transfer.
"Because these funds were held in trust as prescribed by canon law, they were independent of the general assets and could only be used for their intended and pledged purpose – to care for the resting places of the departed as sacred places under canon law," according to the judge's statement published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
SNAP rejected – again
The judge's ruling roundly rejects claims from the anti-Catholic group SNAP and many in the media that the transfer was somehow an illegal and diabolical plot to keep money out of the hands of people who have accused priests of abusing them many decades ago.
Peter Isely, the bleary-eyed "Midwest Director" at SNAP, had even gone as far as to write a letter last month to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Milwaukee asking that it criminally investigate Dolan for the creation of the trust. With the judge's ruling, it can be said that Isely essentially filed a bogus report.
And after the ruling, SNAP's nasty National Director David Clohessy, issued what can only be described as a dishonest and vile media statement which recklessly smeared Cardinal Dolan by falsely accusing him of "misusing donations" and "fighting dirty."
Of course, Clohessy is flat-out lying, as Dolan created the trust for the explicit purpose of protecting donors' donations and having them used as they were intended – for the care of over 100 Catholic cemeteries in the archdiocese.
Clohessy also went on to accuse both the judge and Cardinal Dolan of "misusing" and "misinterpreting" the nation's First Amendment.
Clohessy's statement is grossly dishonest, and the time is long overdue for the media to call out Clohessy as the bigot that he truly is.
Where are you, New York Times?
Last month, the New York Times fell over themselves to portray the transfer by Dolan in the most sinister and mean-spirited light by publishing no less than three articles about the transfer.
For example, a Times editorial declared that the routine and rational transfer of funds by Dolan was somehow "shocking."
Yet the Times has reported absolutely nothing about the judge's recent ruling vindicating Cardinal Dolan and his transfer. Nothing.
The Times' willful decision to not report the story about the judge's ruling again illustrates that the Times sets the gold standard for anti-Catholicism.