Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Cardinal Egan Asks for Do-over on Apology

Ten years ago, When Edward M. Egan was Archbishop of New York, he did the right thing and offered an apology regarding how the Roman Catholic church handled sex-abuse cases in the states of New York and Connecticut. His post had previously been in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

In his 2002 apology, Egan said: “It is clear that today we have a much better understanding of this problem. 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.”

It was a bit weasel-worded with that “mistakes may have been made” nonsense, but still, it was an apology that needed to be made and was made.

Now, today, the New York Times reported that Cardinal Egan who is 79 and retired in 2009 has taken back his apology. In an interview in the February issue of the Connecticut magazine, Egan said, “I never should have said that, I don’t think we did anything wrong.” The NYT said Egan denied many things in the article that were facts. For instance he stated that  no sex abuse had occurred on his watch in Bridgeport. Egan told the Connecticut magazine “I never had one of these sex abuse cases. If you have another bishop in the United States who has the record I have, I’d be happy to know who he is.” In fact, Cindy L. Robinson, a lawyer whose firm represented Bridgeport abuse victims, said that more than 90 sex abuse accusations were made to authorities while Egan was Bishop in Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000.

I don’t believe this denial is due to senility on Egan’s part. Just as substituting lies for facts in political parties cannot be blamed on senility

What is happening is that members of elite groups are not aware they can no longer lie with impunity. They are not aware, for reasons of not wanting to be aware or for reasons of not being savvy regarding Internet technology, that lies and denials will be caught out and proved wrong in the blink of an eye.

Egan now looks like a idiot being manipulated by the Vatican. Which may or may not be true. But we will know shortly…within seconds, I have no doubt.

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