Subject: Archbishop recants apology over sex abuse....i.e. the Vatican practices
pedophilia and wealth accumulation while preaching the opposite, nice deception
to hide one's dirt!
By Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog
Posted on February 8, 2012http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/?i ... g_wrong%22http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/?i ... g_wrong%22
Who's the worst person in the world? Right now I'd have to say it's this guy:
In 2002, at the height of the outcry over the sexual abuse of minors by Roman
Catholic priests, the Archbishop of New York, Edward M. Egan, issued a letter to
be read at Mass.
In it, he offered an apology about the church's handling of sex-abuse cases in
New York and in Bridgeport, Conn., where he was previously posted....
Now, 10 years later and in retirement, Cardinal Egan has taken back his apology.
In a interview with Connecticut magazine published on the magazine's Web site
last week, a surprisingly frank Cardinal Egan said of the apology,
"I never should have said that," and added, "I don't think we did anything
He said many more things in the interview, some of them seemingly at odds with
He repeatedly denied that any sex abuse had occurred on his watch in Bridgeport.
He said that even now, the church in Connecticut had no obligation to report
sexual abuse accusations to the authorities. (A law on the books since the 1970s
And he described the Bridgeport diocese's handling of sex-abuse cases as
"incredibly good." ...
That's from Andy Newman at The New York Times, who's clearly trying to find a
judicious, objective-sounding way of telling us that Cardinal Egan is a lying,
Go to the Connecticut magazine interview and you'll see that same point being
made by interviewer Tom Connor with no punches pulled:
Ten years ago this spring, the sexual abuse crisis involving hundreds of Roman
Catholic priests and thousands of young victims broke nationally in the media,
engulfing dioceses from Boston to Los Angeles but also the Diocese of
Bridgeport, where 23 lawsuits against seven local priests were working their way
through the courts.
Three years earlier, however, this magazine had reported on long-standing and
widespread abuses in the diocese ("Gods and Monsters,"May 1999; link opens a
.pdf of the original story), then under the leadership of Bishop Edward Egan.
In that article, Egan was portrayed as a wily, coldly-calculating defender of
the Church and abusive priests, more corporate lawyer than spiritual guardian.
The article revealed that he had let accused priests continue to work in local
parishes, authorized payments to victims in exchange for silence agreements, and
lied about those payments during a deposition....
And that indignation extends to the interview, as it appears on the site.
Here's the cardinal claiming he just cleaned up his predecessor's mess, and did
it so skillfully there were no further incidents -- which turns out not to be
EGAN: You know, I never had one of these sex abuse cases, either in Bridgeport
or here (New York). Not one.... I took care of them one by one. None of them did
anything wrong. One of them spent four years in treatment at the Institute of
Living in Hartford.
I investigated this and at the end I put him in a convent as an assistant
chaplain in Danbury. Only once did I not use the Institute of the Living -- I
used Johns Hopkins because the man was in Baltimore.
CT Magazine: You mean Laurence Brett (a serial molester who was cycled through
eight parishes in the diocese and a family of ten in California before
relocating to Maryland, where he was accused of abusing more boys.
He was still on the run from the FBI when he died in the Caribbean in 2010).
EGAN: Yep. I sent him to the most expensive place and 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....
The interview is all like that: Egan claiming nothing bad happened on his watch,
arrogantly denying any responsibility for suffering, whining about the fact that
people still ask him about this, and displaying not an ounce of compassion or
empathy for the victims.
Oh, and did I mention this?
Leslie Lothstein ... a psychologist at the Institute of Living, in Hartford, has
treated about 300 Roman Catholic priests, not only those with sexual problems,
but also those with alcoholism, depression and other mental illnesses....
He unwittingly found himself in the news almost 10 years ago, when it was
reported that the Catholic Church had sent priests to the Institute of Living
for treatment without always telling the doctors the full details of the
What's more, the Catholic hierarchy often ignored the institute's
recommendations about the priests' fitness for service.
"I found that they rarely followed our recommendations," Dr. Lothstein told The
Hartford Courant in 2002.
"They would put them back into work where they still had access to vulnerable
And these priests are the people who lecture us about morality because we
support abortion rights, or gay marriage, or full access to birth control.