Cardinal Edward Egan Just Withdrew His Apology For The Catholic Sex-Abuse Scandal

From Business Insider:

In an interview this week with Connecticut Magazine, Cardinal Edward Egan, withdrew his 2002 apology for the Church’s handling of the sex-abuse scandal, which was once read in all New York parishes.

A decade after that letter, the former archbishop of New York, and former bishop of Bridgeport, now describes the handling of the priest-abuse crisis under his watch as “incredibly good.” He said of the letter, “I never should have said that,” and added, “I don’t think we did anything wrong.”

“I never had one of these sex abuse cases.” he said, before adding pompously, “If you have another bishop in the United States who has the record I have, I’d be happy to know who he is.” He also claimed that the Church had no obligation to report abuse to the civil authorities.

These are lies, strutting around with pride.

The Church is required to report abuse, according to laws on the books since the 1970s.

  • Ninabi

    For shame. The focus is all on show and sham, never mind that children suffered.

    I read a three part series in the Kansas City Star about what effect the abuse had on the children. One of the saddest stories I’ve read.

    Church leaders should be falling all over themselves attempting to make amends for the horror.

  • dang

    I was going to ask how anyone could be so self-centered and self-righteous. But then I remembered his profession.

  • Bacopa

    I knew about this when I was a teen back in the eighties. There was a situation at a residence center for teen runaways called Covenant House. It’s still around, and been clean for decades. But back in the day an abusing priest was transfered to work there.

    Runaway teens in East Texas tend to end up in Montrose in Houston. They put a priest with a record on the staff there. Many of the kids were sexually abused at home and relived that abuse by soliciting to chickenhawks.

    Not saying this because I’m a Catholic, since I’m not, but plenty of similar weird stuff goes on in Protestant churches. Weirder crap than this went on in the psych hospitals during the late eighties Satanic Panic.