Vatican TAKES BACK 10-year-old Apology to Sexual Abuse Victims of Catholic Priests
The former Archbishop of New York, now Cardinal Edward M. Egan is one of the highest ranking members of the Catholic Church in America, and as such operates as a spokesperson for the Vatican when called upon.
Like say, in 2002 after thousands of victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests began to shed their decades of institutionalized shame and tell the world about the crimes that had been committed against them as children.
Egan offered an apology on behalf of the Catholic Church at that time, saying, ““It is clear that today we have a much better understanding of this problem,” he wrote. “If in hindsight we also discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry.”
But what a difference ten years can make. Yesterday Cardinal Egan announced that he was taking back his apology to the victims of pedophile priests. He’s no longer sorry, and he no longer believes that the priests who molested, beat, raped, and ruined all of those children’s lives even did anything wrong.
Egan evens goes so far as to say, “They can talk about sex abuse or talk about their concern about finance—that’s alright. I believe the sex abuse thing was incredibly good.”
He said many more things in the interview, some of them seemingly at odds with the facts. 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 says otherwise.) And he described the Bridgeport diocese’s handling of sex-abuse cases as “incredibly good.”
The entire interview is straight up required reading. Get your butt over to Connecticutmag.com right this second and read the entire twisted thing.
How about, ON WHAT PLANET IS IT ACCEPTABLE TO TAKE BACK YOUR APOLOGY FOR RAPING CHILDREN?