New York, NY
On March 5th Retired Cardinal Egan went into cardiac arrest and died. His funeral was attended by the New York City Mayor, Governor and countless other public officials. He received much praise as the "comforter-in-chief" while in his role as the Archbishop of New York during 9/11 and is credited for reducing the Archdiocese of Bridgeport's debt during his role as Archbishop from 1988-2000.
What the Public officials and general media have failed to remember (or chosen to forget) is Egan's direct involvement with the sexual abuse scandal, his brash redaction of an "apology" to victims and outright statement that the church had done nothing wrong.
While Archbishop of Bridgeport no less than 36 allegations of abuse were reported to the diocese, yet Egan has stated there was not "even one known case of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest throughout my tenure". Church documents show Egan not only knew of allegations, but also did not report abuse claims to police and moved offending priests around the diocese.
In 2002 Egan wrote parishioners the following apology: "if in hindsight we discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry."
Ten years later in 2012 after the abuse scandal grew from a national to international scandal Egan retracted the apology and went on to praise the church record regarding sexual abuse In an interview with Connecticut Magazine he said;
"First of all I should never have said that," Egan responded, according to the magazine. "I did say if we did anything wrong, I'm sorry, but I don't think we did anything wrong."
"I sound very defensive and I don't want to because I'm very proud of how this thing was handled,"
At another point, Egan said, "I believe the sex abuse thing was incredibly good." Asked if he meant because it resulted in positive changes, he responded, "Good that ... the record, I think, is an excellent record."
In 2012 Egan felt that the church had an excellent record regarding sexual abuse. He is calling an evil, corrupt and abusive organization good.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Matthew 7:17-18 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Egan is an evil, unclean and hateful bird. Those who praise him are praising a wicked priest who is contrary to God. Get away from all unclean cardinals!
Revelation 18:2 Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of demons, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.