Catholic Cardinal on abuse: “We did nothing wrong!”

In a new, rare and stunning just-published interview, former NYC Archbishop Edward Egan made shocking statements about the church’s on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis, including: 

  • I don’t think we did anything wrong.
  • I’m very proud of how this thing was handled.
  • I believe the sex abuse thing was incredibly good.
  • There really wasn’t much . . .  hidden.
  • I do think it’s time to get off this subject.
  • I don’t think I should be upset about that, or you should be, or anybody else.
  • I never had one of these sex abuse cases, either in Bridgeport or here (New York). And I believe that the cases I had were each handled just exactly as they should have been.
  • I did exactly what we were told to do. And as a result, not one of them (the accused priests) did a thing out of line.
  • I’m not the slightest bit surprised that, of course, the scandal was going to be fun in the news.
  • If you have another bishop in the United States who has the record I have, I’d be happy to know who he is.

(See full interview, in Connecticut Magazine, below)

Most bishops have a dreadfully skewed and self-serving view of the crisis. But most work very hard to conceal it. Most are carefully coached by top-notch public relations professionals to say all the right things publicly (while privately, they deal with wounded victims and abusive clerics in largely the same ways they always have).

Egan, however, is obviously unrepentant, self-absorbed and painfully dismissive of the abject suffering of tens of thousands of deeply wounded men, women and children who have been sexually violated by priests, nuns, bishops, brothers, seminarians and other Catholic officials. We can’t help but believe that many other prelates feel exactly as he does but are shrewd enough to avoid saying so outside of clerical circles. (Link to article detailing Egan's protection of abusers:

We urge US Catholic officials – especially in New York and Connecticut – to publicly rebuke Egan for these shockingly callous comments that will no doubt heap more pain onto millions of victims and Catholics who are still suffering because they have been assaulted by child molesting clerics or betrayed by corrupt church officials. We especially urge Egan’s successors, Archbishop Tim Dolan of New York and Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, to clearly denounce Egan. Mouthing vague platitudes and promises aren’t enough. At an absolute bare minimum, Catholics need and deserve explicit, public and repeated condemnations of Egan by his brother bishops.

And then, Dolan, Lori and others must show – by their actions – that they are what they will claim: different from Egan. They can start by posting on their websites the names, whereabouts and work histories of every proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting cleric in their dioceses (like 25 US bishops have done).

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  • June N
    commented 2012-02-03 20:14:24 -0600
    The smug and self-righteous comments of Egan betray his true character as an ungodly and unregenerate man, consistent with the condescending attitude and pharisee-like spirit routinely displayed by his colleagues, who are nothing more than bombastic religious imposters and con men, whose heads have become swollen with pride and arrogance under the weight of their pretentious pointed hats! Such callous disregard and insensitivity for the victims is contemptible and wholly incompatible with those of a Christlike spirit. The undeserved deference once accorded to them by the unquestioning fawning faithful has been replaced with the unqualified disdain expressed by those who have left their unhallowed halls in droves!

    The persistent denial of any wrongdoing by his “eminence” is a flat contradiction of the facts and of compelling evidence that testifies against him and the “holier than thou” organization with which he is aligned! Every member of the hierarchy must share in the guilt of the monstrous cover up to which they were all party.

    Once more we see the true face of the so-called “princes of the church” as the mask continues to slip revealing their true unapologetic and ungodly character. Once again we see the self-preservation tactics of the unrepentant RCC taking precedence over the “pastoral response” they committed to, exposing the disingenuous and feigned nature of their collective expressions of compassion and sympathy toward victims of clergy abuse across the globe. The spectacle of breathtaking and unprecedented cover up continues to be the modus operandi of choice in this criminal enterprise! That is the one thing that is abundantly TRANSPARENT to all who look on in horror!

    So long as the “church” continues to subject the victims and those who advocate for them to this type of ongoing harassment and persist in their abusive treatment of them, they can expect the massive exodus from their pews to persist.
    The ignoble course they have embarked upon will also ensure they continue to endure the universal contempt and scorn being meted out to them and reserved for those who commit and cover up the abominable act of child abuse!

    Many former Roman Catholics like myself have concluded long ago that the RCC is irreformable and have renounced the counterfeit religion of Rome to embrace wholeheartedly the religion of Christ!
    I trust this interview will arouse many Roman Catholics from their complacency to do likewise.
    So long as institutional loyalty takes precedence over the welfare and protection of children, the abuse will continue.
    Those truly “tethered to the truth” and guided by the Holy Spirit are compelled to leave.
    (John 14:16-17; 16:13) Those who remain and continue to Pay, Pray & Obey give their tacit approval of their ungodly works!

    Roman Catholicism is not Christ’s Church!
  • John Bijarney
    commented 2012-02-03 15:01:49 -0600
    I see the reverend cardinal is more involved with administering excrement than sacrament in his retirement.
  • Gloria Sullivan
    commented 2012-02-03 14:36:14 -0600
    Egan is an ego maniac..! He feels that his god has gifted him with powers beyond any diety.

    Sadly he is just like all the rest before him and all those that have come after him and the people in the pews love him, instead of the
    GOD who saved them from the people like this in the rcc. There is no difference , one from the other. If you do it right, it’s a" cushy job for life" with every thing provided. Makes me want to PUKE…after being in it for over 60 yrs. Left in 2001. Christ Jesus is OUR Savior and HE saved us from being involved in their CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY by saying to us…."GET OUT while you still have your souls " Amen , It’s been over 10 yrs. TBTG
  • Robert Karaffa
    commented 2012-02-03 12:10:26 -0600
    And they wonder why so many of us have left the Church…
  • David Clohessy
    followed this page 2012-02-03 10:36:07 -0600
  • John M Shuster
    commented 2012-02-03 10:35:47 -0600
    Most bishops, priests, and religious live in another world where the abuse of children and those who cannot fight back is an exercise of their imagined power. Now, the organization they belong to is attacking SNAP with the intention of crushing the voices and hopes of survivors for healing and justice. 99.9% of priests and religious tend to keep silent or say things like Egan. Their god is their lust. Don’t be fooled by their double lives. Stop giving them your money. Save your soul by helping survivors.
  • David Clohessy
    published this page in Official SNAP Media Statements 2012-02-03 08:13:00 -0600

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