As I write this, Cardinal Timothy Dolan is putting himself
forth as a reformer; as one of the few bishops who is willing
and able to do what it takes to address the Catholic church's
sexual abuse crisis.
As one of the good guys.
And it's working.
Dolan is being heralded for his leadership and his
willingness to report abuse by bishops.
Which terrifies me, given what I know about the real Timothy
- Cardinal Dolan knew of -- he SAW with his own eyes --
Fr. LeRoy Valentine's inappropriate behavior with boys at
the Church of the Immacolata in Richmond Heights, MO, a
suburb of St. Louis. And he did nothing. He just turned a
blind eye to what Fr. Valentine was doing to us.
- Cardinal Dolan
Gaslighted me in early March 2002,
when I went to him for help,
telling me nothing happened.
- When Fr. Valentine resigned a couple weeks later due to
multiple allegations -- something I was unaware of until
2018 -- Cardinal Dolan never contacted me to let me know
that Fr. Valentine had resigned and that my memories might
indeed mean something.
- As I learned in
May 2011, and as was confirmed by Bishop Rick Stika in
2018, Cardinal Dolan hid the existence of my conversations
with him, and my conversation with a woman who I believe was
Nancy Brown, from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. I assume he
did so in an effort to protect himself and to hide his
involvement in the scandal of Fr. Valentine.
In sum, Cardinal Dolan isn't part of the solution.
He's part of the problem.
If the Catholic church is to -- actually and finally, and for
once -- address the sexual abuse crisis, Cardinal Dolan and the
other bishops like him MUST NOT be allowed to influence, much
less make and implement, church policy on abuse going forward.
Otherwise, it will be Dallas 2002 all over again.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan
I've known Timothy Cardinal Dolan since I was in the 3rd
grade at The Church of the Immacolata in Richmond Heights, MO, a
suburb of St. Louis.
In fact, my first memory of a priest is of then Father Dolan
talking to us about the story told in
Mark 8:22-26 about Jesus healing a blind man in two steps. I
remember this lesson because Fr. Dolan had two of us act out the
lesson, and he chose me to play the role of Jesus Christ.
Sadly, that favorite memory of mine has been tainted by
Bishop and then Cardinal Dolan's actions first in 1977 when I
was an altar boy and then when I went to him for help in
In April 2018, I was contacted by another survivor who told me a
story that was very similar to my own memories.
Hello Chris my name is R_____, I graduated from
Immacolata in 198_, was a alter boy and had to get “hair
cuts” from Fr. Valentine in his bedroom, so I unfortunately
know too. What angers me as much is several times leaving
Valentines bedroom, fr. Timothy Dolan, now Cardinal Dolan
lived in the room next door & would be standing right there
& never did anything.
The parallels of his story with mine include Fr. Valentine's
fixation/obsession with our hair and the presence -- and inaction
of then Father and now Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
In March of 2002, the
New York Times published a piece that laid out a series of
allegations against Fr. Leroy Valentine. As part of the
response to that piece, then-Bishop now Cardinal Timothy
Dolan was asked by Archbishop Justin Rigali to lead an
investigation and determine if there were other incidents and
victims of Fr. Valentine. As part of that effort, through the
media the archdiocese asked people who had any information about
Fr. Valentine to come forward.
I was one of the people who did so.
In March of 2002, I contacted the archdiocese due to my
having been close to Fr. Valentine.
I was one of his favorites.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan called me back and introduced himself as "Tim
Dolan" since we knew each other from his time at Immacolata.
came to Immacolata I believe right out of the seminary and while
I was in 3rd and 4th grade.
In fact, one of my memories from my school days involves a
lesson Cardinal Dolan taught us during a 3rd grade religion
I told Cardinal Dolan about a number of memories I had about
interactions I had with Fr. Valentine, interactions that were
good memories at the time. I asked him if he thought there was
anything to what I had told him, and he said no. I then asked
him for his opinion of the allegations against Fr. Valentine
that had been made by others.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
told me, in no uncertain terms, and I quote...
I know Fr. Valentine well.
We were at the seminary together.
We lived and worked together at Immacolata.
I know Leroy Valentine didn't do any of the things he's being accused of.
I know he would never do anything to hurt a child.
In other words, nothing happened.
Cardinal Dolan then said...
However, if you still want to talk to someone, I can
I took Cardinal Dolan up on his offer and talked to an 60ish
female psychologist -- I don't remember her name, but I suspect
she was Nancy Brown -- who had an office in Clayton.
After I told her the same story I told Cardinal Dolan, she
told me I was just misinterpreting Fr. Valentine's intentions.
That he was just overly-enthusiastic.
That nothing happened.
How do I prove I talked to Cardinal Timothy Dolan
if, as Bishop Rick Stika said, Dolan removed any trace
of my conversations with him and Nancy Brown?
First, there's this August 20, 2018 tweet by @BishopStika.
"your report preceded me and resurfaced after I
left and I was no longer in St. Louis."
August 20, 2018 14:37pm
I also have in my possession a document that
shows that Dolan was being
notified by "Genevieve" whenever people called the hotline ArchStL
had set up. The bigger piece of proof is what's NOT
While Cardinal Dolan covered his tracks, in my
May 2011 meeting with a Review Team, I informed them
of my conversations with Cardinal Dolan and Nancy
However, that information didn't make it into the
matrix ArchStL produced in January 2014 under court
As I discuss in my piece on
Gaslighting, the strangest thing about my interactions with Cardinal Dolan
is that the Archdiocese of St. Louis -- or at least the Investigatory
Team I met with -- has no record of them.
When I met with the
Investigatory Team on
May 9, 2011 and told them of my prior conversations with
Cardinal Dolan and a psychologist, they acted like they had no
idea what I was talking about.
The fact of my interactions with Cardinal Dolan also never
made it into the Matrix the Archdiocese of St. Louis released in
January 2014 as a result of a lawsuit. I find that surprising
because, since nothing happened, why wouldn't the Archdiocese
want to include me in the Matrix if only to say, "See. Here's
(yet) another unsubstantiated allegation."
There's also the matter of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
failing to comply with a court order.
Or does it feel it's above law?
Or is it that the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and the Catholic
Church, doesn't want people to know about Cardinal Timothy
Dolan's direct connection to the sexual abuse scandal?
Why The Secrecy?
One of the things that caused the scandal to go on as long as
it did was that Church's habit of secrecy. What I can tell is
that, as of May 9, 2011, secrecy was still a problem. Cardinal Timothy
Dolan had conversations with me that never made it into my file
or The Matrix.
You have to wonder if Cardinal Dolan wanted to cover up his
direct, and to my knowledge previously unknown or at least
un-mentioned, connection to the sexual abuse scandal.
2002 March 2
New York Times piece runs and discusses
claims by 3 Scorfina brothers by Fr. LeRoy Valentine.
2002 Early March
In response, I call Jennifer Joyce
(prosecutor) office as long with ArchStL. A day or so later,
Cardinal Timothy Dolan calls me back. He tells me nothing
happened. That my memories don't mean anything.
Per the matrix ArchStL produced per court order
in 2014, someone else comes forward with an allegation that Fr.
Valentine abused them in 1983.
This allegation may be the one discussed in this book and
that was made on or before March 6, 2002 (see the attached
Curiously this report is recorded as having been made to
Nancy Brown and not Cardinal Dolan. However, I believe Dolan was
still running ArchStL's abuse response efforts at that time.
Nancy Brown was portrayed to me by Dolan as someone who helps
ArchStL with these kinds of situations. And Dolan was the one
who called me back after I left a message.
2002 Mid March
Cardinal Dolan sets up a meeting with a
woman who I believe was Nancy Brown. She tells me I was just
"misinterpreting" the actions of Fr. Valentine. Since both
Cardinal Dolan and Nancy Brown told me nothing happened, I just
went on with my life, thinking I had judged a bullet.
2002 End of March
This is the one that REALLY hurts. At
the end of March 2002, maybe over a weekend, a meeting was held
between some ArchStL officials and Fr. Valentine. As a result,
Fr. Valentine resigns.
At no point subsequent to this meeting was I contacted by
ArchStL. There was no "I know we said nothing happened but
someone else came forward so maybe something happened. Let's
help you." That didn't happen. Nothing. And I didn't know to
object because I had put it behind me.
Cardinal Dolan wasn't NAMED archbishop of Milwaukee until
June 25, 2002 and wasn't INSTALLED until August 28, 2002. So
it's safe to assume that, as of the end of March 2002, Cardinal
Dolan was still in charge of ArchStL's response to the abuse
crisis and Bishop Stika hadn't yet taken over for Dolan. It
seems Stika had taken over by early May 2002.
2002 March 6
page 271 of "No Longer on Pedestals" Carol A.
A March 6, 2002, memo to Bishop Dolan at his
archdiocesan office revealed a woman had called on behalf of
her husband, stating, "He has a problem with a priest and
was told to call you. He was told to call before 4:00 p.m.,
which is impossible for him... He's not home from work
before 4:30 or 4:45 p.m!" The woman asked "that you please
call her husband... after 4:30." Notations were made on the
memo in pen that indicated he'd called the woman's husband
and had submitted a report.
Why was this report recorded in the
matrix as having been made to Nancy Brown?
What do I mean when I say
Timothy Cardinal Dolan is involved in my story?
He went to Immacolata after
graduating from the seminary, and I remember him giving
us a lesson when I was in 3rd grade.
When Fr. LeRoy Valentine
came to Immacolata in 1977, it was quickly obvious that
there was something off about him.
That he was REALLY
interested in the altar boys.
And would, on occasion,
bring them up to his room.
Which was right next to
Cardinal Dolan's room.
While I don't remember this,
I know of at least one other person who has told me Fr.
Dolan knew and saw Fr. Valentine bring him up to his
In my case, my main memory
of Cardinal Dolan is from 2002 when he was an auxiliary
bishop and handled allegations of abuse by priests.
I called the Archdiocese of
St. Louis and Cardinal Dolan called me back. While he
listened to what I had to say and immediately told me
nothing happened, he did arrange for me to see a
psychologist who I believe was Nancy Brown. She told me
the same thing; that I was just "misinterpreting" his
What's weird is...
Fr. Valentine resigned
at the end of March 2002 due to multiple
allegations, presumably including mine. However, I
was never contacted by Cardinal Dolan with an offer
to help me.
Cardinal Dolan erased
all evidence of our conversations from the file of
I notified ArchStL of my
conversations with Cardinal Dolan during a May 2011
meeting, but my allegations STILL didn't make it
into the matrix ArchStL produced under court order
in January 2014.
It's almost as if Cardinal Dolan and then ArchStL were
trying to hide my existence from the world.