From the unbelievably dense episcopal files is retired New York Archbishop Egan self-congratulatory statement about his handling of sex abuse case. He actually rescinds an apology he made before in regards to sex abuse. Well in response I am also rescinding the little respect I had for him in the first place.
Mark Shea links to s Michael Brendan Dougherty documented post on the subject.
“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.
Bishop Egan ran a diocese that was notoriously dangerous for children. Contrary to his claim, during his twelve-year enthronement at Bridgeport, Egan repeatedly failed to investigate priests where there were obvious signs of abuse, according to The Hartford Courant. His diocese had to settle the cases and awarded victims some $12-15 million in damages.
Here is just one incredible case of negligence. According to the Hartford Courant, in 1990, Egan received a memo about “a developing pattern of accusations” that Rev. Charles Carr of Norwalk had fondled young boys. Egan kept Carr working for another five years, only suspending him after a lawsuit was filed, and then in 1999 making him a chaplain at Danbury’s hospital.
How about another? The Connecticut Post also reported that early in his reign, dozens of people came forward to accuse Rev. Raymond Pcolka of Greenwich of sexual abuse and violence against children. Egan claimed that the accusers were never “proved” to be telling the truth. Well, Egan never even bothered to interview them and kept Pcolka in ministry.
First you have to wonder if he realizes he says this in public. Even if your own ego is through the roof you might just evaluate how something you say is going to be tossed about by the media. The Cardinal instead proves why we had the abuse crisis in the first place.
“If you have another bishop in the United States who has the record I have …”
Unfortunately I can point to many examples of bishops with the same record and they also had to pay out millions of dollars in damages to victims.
When the Cardinal says “I never had one of these sex abuse cases.” I guess he is correct since he had more than “one” of these cases.
There have been some great Cardinals for the Archdiocese of New York and Cardinal Egan has been the exception to prove the rule.