DISINVITE CARDINAL EGAN

NSAC JOINS SNAP’s CALL to DISINVITE CARDINAL EGAN

For immediate release: Wednesday,   March 12, 2014   Two more   groups want Cardinal uninvited   Controversial prelate to preside at special   mass   Concerned Catholics feel that “sends   the wrong message   “It encourages future cover ups &   hurts victims,” they say   Two more organizations   are urging New York Archbishop Tim Dolan to stop his predecessor from   presiding this weekend at a special mass featuring children’s   choirs.   This Saturday, retired New York   Cardinal Edward Egan is to preside over a children’s choir mass featuring 200   youngsters at St. Ignatius Loyola parish in Manhattan. Long secret church   records show that Egan hid clergy sex crimes during his long tenure in the   Bridgeport diocese and he is accused of doing the same in the New York   archdiocese.   Because of that, leaders of the   National Survivor Advocate Coalition and the Bridgeport chapter of Voice of   the Faithful want Cardinal Timothy Dolan to oust Egan from the upcoming event.   Leaders of a victims group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused   by Priests, made the same request yesterday.   http://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_retired_cardinal_to_preside_at_special_mass_snap_responds   http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140311/abuse-survivors-group-wants-egan-mass-for-youths-canceled   This sends the wrong message and   hurts already suffering victims and betrayed Catholics,” said Jamie   Dance (jamie.dance@sbcglobal.net,   203-801-9532) who heads the Bridgeport chapter of Voice of the Faithful   (VOTF). “It encourages future cover ups by saying ‘no matter how much you   endanger children you can still be rewarded.”   “Retired Cardinals should have a lot   of time to think. We think Cardinal Egan should think about what he can do to   end the crisis not add to it,” said Kristine Ward (kristineward@hotmail.com, 937 272 0308),   who chairs the National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC). How about Cardinal Dolan invite   Archbishop Diamund Martin from Dublin to say this Mass? At least, he’s   tried to cast out the snakes of sexual abuse instead of whitewash it. It   would be a far better St. Patrick’s Day message for these young people   than honoring Egan would. ”   In 2009, the New York Times reported   that “In one case, then-Bishop Egan kept an accused abuser working for five   years after receiving a warning and did not suspend him until after a lawsuit   was filed. In another, the diocese did not report potential allegations of   statutory rape of a teenager impregnated by a priest.”   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/opinion/his-eminence-in-denial.html?action=click&module=Search&region=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry183%23%2F%2522cardinal%2Bedward%2Began%2522%2F&_r=0   In 2002, the Hartford Courant   reported that “Secret court documents reveal that New York Cardinal Edward   Egan, while serving as bishop of the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocese,   allowed several priests facing multiple accusations of sexual abuse to   continue working for years. Egan failed   to investigate aggressively some abuse allegations, did not refer complaints   to criminal authorities and, during closing testimony in 1999, suggested that   a dozen people who made complaints of rape, molestation and beatings against   the same priest may all have been lying, the documents show.”   http://www.snapnetwork.org/news/otherstates/NY_Egan_Under_Fire.htm   http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2009/11_12/2009_12_01_Altimari_CardinalEdward.htm   As recently as 2012, discussing the   abuse and cover up crisis, Egan said “I don’t think we did anything wrong,”   “I’m very proud of how this thing was handled,” “I believe the sex abuse thing   was incredibly good,” “There really wasn’t much . . .  hidden” and “I do   think it’s time to get off this subject.”   http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/Web-Exclusive-Content/February-2012/Egan-Ten-Years-After/   The event will be at Church of St.   Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue at 84th Street (212-288-3588,www.stignatiusloyola.org).        Here is the exact wording and website   link from last Sunday’s parish bulletin:   Welcome Cardinal Egan! On Saturday,   March 15th, the St. Ignatius Loyola Children’s Choir will be hosting the Pueri   Cantores Children’s Choir Festival for 200+ choristers from the Tri-state   area. The day’s festivities will culminate in singing at the 5:30 PM Mass.   Edward Cardinal Egan will preside. The prelude, featuring participating   choirs, begins at 5:00 PM.   http://www.stignatiusloyola.org/pdf/bulletins/1314/03092014SIL.pdf    The St. Ignatius pastor is Father   George Witt (wittg@stignatiusloyola.org). The   associate pastors are Fr. William Bergen (bergenw@saintignatiusloyola.org),   Fr. Thomas Feely (feelyt@saintignatiusloyola.org)   and Fr. Ugo Nacciarone (nacciaroneu@saintignatiusloyola.org) (SNAP,   the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and   largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years   and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we   have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations,   including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is   SNAPnetwork.org) Contact:

David   Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,

 

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