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Retired Cardinal Edward Egan Faces Criticism For Taking Back Abuse Apology

Via: Huffington Post

Retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan  (see above) is facing criticism from representatives of clergy sexual abuse victims for a recent interview in which he said he regretted apologizing for the priest abuse scandal in 2002 when he was bishop of Bridgeport.

In the interview with Connecticut Magazine, Egan said “I don’t think we did anything wrong” in handling abuse cases. He said he was not obligated to report abuse claims and maintained he inherited the cases from his predecessor and did not have any cases on his watch, according to the magazine.

Clergy in Connecticut have been REQUIRED to report abuse claims to authorities since the early 1970s, according to attorneys who represented numerous abuse victims.

“Egan never did so and his failure to do so constitutes a violation of the law,” said the attorneys, Jason Tremont, Cindy Robinson and Douglas Mahoney.

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The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests called Egan “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.”

SNAP urged other American Catholic officials, especially in New York and Connecticut, to publicly rebuke Egan.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/cardinal-egan-child-abuse_n_1260367.html

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February 8, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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