National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Cardinal Egan's Shamelessness

 |  NCR Today

The release of documents, under court order, from the Diocese of Bridgeport makes one literally sick to one’s stomach. The moral callousness displayed by then-Bishop Egan is so at odds with even the most basic standards of human, let alone Christian, decency, that everyone who reads them is understandably upset.

Well, almost everyone. Remember that while these documents are being seen by the public for the first time, they have been available to church officials all along. Why was Egan not removed from office? I know the Bible says, “You are a priest forever” but it doesn’t say anything about remaining as the cardinal-archbishop of New York when there is such bald evidence of moral turpitude.

I am not a survivor of sex abuse, so I cannot imagine the pain caused to them by these latest revelations. I am angry, but my anger is not their anger I am sure. I am not a priest, so I cannot imagine what they feel, they who have received the hostile and suspicious looks from people who once looked at them with trust and admiration. How do the clergy feel when they read this account of episcopal malfeasance that led to the entire priest corps being viewed with suspicion so that Egan’s career would not contain any hint of a stain?

screen-shot_FB-video-promo-8-15.jpgExplore our current edition. Watch the video here.

Perhaps the most damning thing about Cardinal Egan is something that has not been said in the past couple of days since the transcripts were released. No one has said they were surprised.

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

 

Feature-flag_GSR_start-reading.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

August 15-28, 2014

08-15-2014.jpg

Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.