Paper: Egan supported admitted abusive priest


Paper: Egan supported admitted abusive priest

May 12, 2002|By Dean E. Murphy, New York Times News Service

From the link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2002-05-12/news/0205120247_1_abusive-priest-sexual-abuse-frank-martinelli

A videotaped deposition by Cardinal Edward Egan, which was played for a jury five years ago in a sexual abuse lawsuit against the diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., and included a statement by the New York cardinal that he had encouraged an abusive priest to keep working, is receiving renewed scrutiny.

The deposition, reported Saturday in The Washington Post, originally was broadcast in a federal courtroom in Connecticut on Aug. 15, 1997.

Egan’s remarks about the abusive priest, Rev. Laurence Brett, are being re-examined because of questions raised in recent months about his handling of sexually abusive priests during his 12 years as the bishop of Bridgeport. He became archbishop of New York in 2000.

The spokesman for the cardinal expressed irritation Saturday with what he characterized as the “continued rehashing of the past” by the news media.

Excerpts from sealed documents in other lawsuits against the Bridgeport diocese also indicated that Egan had allowed abusive priests to continue to work.

The videotaped testimony in 1997, which was given in a lawsuit brought against the diocese by a Milwaukee man, Frank Martinelli, indicated a similar pattern in the case of Brett. Martinelli said he was molested by Brett in the early 1960s in Stamford, Conn.

According to the Post, when a lawyer for Martinelli asked Egan about Brett, the cardinal read into the record a memo he had written after he met the priest for the first time in 1990, long after Brett had admitted to sexual abuse. In the memo, the cardinal said, “I’ll be inclined to write a letter encouraging him [Brett] to go on with his work,” the newspaper reported.

In 1993, with allegations of previous abuse by Brett brought to his attention, Egan suspended the priest. The same year, Martinelli filed his lawsuit.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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