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On the one hand:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is slamming a report suggesting he authorized payments to priests accused of sexual abuse in exchange for them leaving the church.

The New York Times last week cited documents showing that when Dolan was Archbishop of Milwaukee in 2003 he agreed to pay several alleged pedophile priests $20,000 if they left the church…

While speaking to reporters Sunday, Dolan claimed the payments were “charity.”

On the other hand:

In a spirited retort to the Vatican, a group of Roman Catholic nuns is planning a bus trip across nine states this month, stopping at homeless shelters, food pantries, schools and health care facilities run by nuns to highlight their work with the nation’s poor and disenfranchised…

The sisters plan to use the tour also to protest cuts in programs for the poor and working families in the federal budget that was passed by the House of Representatives and proposed by Representative Paul D. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who cited his Catholic faith to justify the cuts.

“We’re doing this because these are life issues,” said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a liberal social justice lobby in Washington.

But I bet we can guess between Cardinal “Charity for Pedophiles” Dolan and Sister “Liberal” Campbell who will get feted on the Sunday Chat Shows and be routinely quoted on reproductive issues henceforth.

Good job ‘Dancin’ Dave‘ and the rest of you.