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Catholic abuse scandal: one ex-priest faces jail; another insults victims

IN THE same week that that Alexander Bede Walsh – a former Roman Catholic priest from Staffordshire – was warned that he faces jail after being convicted of 21 counts of child abuse, retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan caused outrage by retracting an apology he made in 2002 to victims of sexual abuse carried out by priests in his then diocese of Bridgeport.

Retired cardinal Edward Egan

According to this report, Egan – in the interview with Connecticut Magazine –  said:

I don’t think we did anything wrong.

He said he had not been obligated to report abuse claims and maintained he inherited the cases from his predecessor, and did not have any cases on his watch.

Egan, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2007, was Bridgeport bishop from 1988 to 2000. The Bridgeport diocese has paid out nearly $38 million to settle abuse claims over the years involving allegations by more than 60 people who said they had been molested by Catholic priests.

In court documents unsealed in 2009, Egan expressed scepticism over sexual abuse allegations and said he found it “marvelous” that so few priests had been accused over the years.

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.

Meanwhile, Walsh, of Church Lane, Abbots Bromley, was warned by Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to expect a long sentence for the attacks carried out while he worked at children’s homes and churches between the 1970s and 1990s.

Disgraced priest Alexander Bede Walsh

During the 10-day trial, the jury heard Walsh already had a previous conviction for possessing indecent images of children.

Det Con Tim Bailey, from Staffordshire Police, said after the hearing:

He is supposed to be a man of the cloth but he has shown no compassion, no integrity and no humanity. He has forced grown men to come to court and relive childhood experiences of sexual abuse.

Mr Bailey said he believed there could be further victims who had yet to come forward.

Speaking after the trial, the Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley apologised to the victims for the “horrendous crimes” and the “deep betrayal of trust” they had experienced.

Hat tip (Walsh report): Angie RS and BarrieJohn

 

18 Responses to “Catholic abuse scandal: one ex-priest faces jail; another insults victims”

  1. Broga says:

    These paedophiles really don’t seem to see themselves as having done anything wrong. I wonder why? Has their absence of shame and with no feelings of guilt anything to do with the milieu within which they have so long been protected? Is there a tacit, or spoken, acceptance within the priesthood that they are so special that they may behave in this perverted way? The efforts by the Vatican to shuffle them around parishes to avoid prosecution would certainly encourage that. Any apologies or admissions of guilt have to be dragged out of the hierarchy.

  2. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    He is supposed to be a man of the cloth but he has shown no compassion, no integrity and no humanity.

    Pretty much an accurate description of a clergyman.

    Just how many more cases do we have to hear before people realise that being religious does not stop people from being criminals, it is not an automatic gold standard that puts these people on pedestals.

    As for Mr Egan, words fail me!

  3. fester60613 says:

    I don’t have enough vile epithets to hurl at Cardinal Egan. “Pompous ass” creeps into my mind behind the host of other less genial terms.
    I don’t know what is more reprehensible: apologizing because it was expedient and expected, or retracting it now.
    But he’s done a fabulous job of exposing himself as morally bankrupt and lacking in any sort of decency.
    It is not a far stretch to imagine that his fellow cardinals are equally corrupt.
    * * * *
    As for Walsh, I sincerely hope that he’ll get some ‘jailhouse justice’ of the type he handed out as abuse to all those children. Child abusers have an extremely difficult life in prison – and deserve it.
    I’m glad that his victims are seeing some justice – even though the damage will never fully heal.

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  5. Alan C says:

    Every bloody day there is another scandal featuring the cult of Catholicism, if it’s not child rape it’s money laundering, but still the apologists fill up the collection plates on Sunday, they are all guilty by association.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Money laundering, Alan? Surely not!

    http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/roman-notebook-yet-another-vatican-financial-scandal

    Edward Egan: Aged wander

  7. barriejohn says:

    Edward Egan: Aged wander

  8. AgentCormac says:

    And still veteran apologist and despicable little papal-arse-kisser Bill Donohue continues to insist that all that inconvenient and, quite frankly, fictional twaddle people have the temerity to bring up about priestly abuse was actually something that went on back in Medieval times, and as such has nothing whatsoever to do with the modern Catholic Church or anybody who (glory be upon them) serves its now wholly pure and entirely humane aims.

    You can get your fill of Bill’s truly disgraceful take on abuse right here where, true to character, he demands the removal of one Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who just happened to comment that, “Anybody that doesn’t think there is widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is living on another planet.”

    Way to go, Judge. And go fuck yourself, Bill.

  9. northern light says:

    For Broga

    “These paedophiles really don’t seem to see themselves as having done anything wrong. I wonder why?”

    It is because they have done mental gymnastics that centre on their belief that their god ultimately forgives all sins ….including the most despicable involving children.
    Of course when they go to confession and relate their crimes the punishment is 100 hail Mary’s…..and poof just like that you crime is washed away.
    The catholic religion is designed to permit repeated crime, then forgiveness…then crime, then forgiveness…..etc.

    They simply do not see the ugliness of their faith ….as they are too close to see clearly.

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  12. The Woggler says:

    If a face could paint a thousand words, your photo of Egan certainly would. None of them at all nice.

  13. Angela_K says:

    ” Egan said …….he found it “marvelous” that so few priests had been accused over the years.” Yes, the terror and guilt forced into their victims to keep quiet is working.

  14. Trevor blake says:

    The evidence that the Roman Carholic Church sheltered rapist clergy has been public for nearly a decade. Even as ignorant and isolated a person as myself has known. Exposure to the truth alone doesn’t change minds. That’s why I like The Freethinker – we offer scorn and mockery as well as truth. That addresses the emotional needs of a believer shifting to a doubter.

  15. barriejohn says:

    And yet another one is sent down:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-16980209

  16. Thoreau says:

    Broga wrote ‘Is there a tacit, or spoken, acceptance within the priesthood that they are so special that they may behave in this perverted way?’

    Look at the outfits they wear. Nobody could take themselves seriously wearing such a preposterous fucking costume but these guys get erections.

    I’ve been through two graduation ceremonies and found myself ridiculous, standing there in the ‘special hat of clever-clever’.

    People that seek out ‘I’m such a big deal that I have a big important hat’ status are suspect to the core. So yeah, I think they accept that they’re entitled to live beyond normal rules and have no doubt many of them are open about this, within trusted circles.

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