MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the number of people who identify themselves as former Catholics is growing because they are "shocked, saddened and nauseated by the sinful behavior" of some of its members.
Dolan made his first appearance in Milwaukee since the archdiocese released the personnel files of 42 priests with allegations of child sexual abuse against them in July. He spoke to a sold-out crowd of 4,000 on Thursday, but did not mention that explicitly.
Dolan says the biggest pastoral problem facing the church is the growing number of former Catholics. He says one reason for that is they are dismayed by what Dolan calls "the sinful side of the church."
Dolan served as archbishop in Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009.
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