Cardinal Edward Egan died this past week,
remembered as Cardinal and Archbishop for New York.
His passing is important, as he represents
a dying vanguard of vengeful and bigoted thinking.
He angrily assailed the sanctity of gay marriage,
making Hollywood responsible for "desecrating" marriage
and destroying "something sacred and holy."
He presided over the publication of an unborn baby in the womb, comparing a woman’s right to choose to Adolf Hitler’s mass murder.
Most notably, he repeatedly denied any sexual abuse while he was leading the Bridgeport, Connecticut diocese.
Problem was, a Supreme Court ruling declared that wide ranging and deeply institutionalized sexual abuse was routine under his personal concealment: 12,600 pages of documents from 23 lawsuits against seven local priests.
He was never prosecuted for lying under oath.
In 2003 he snubbed a high-profile board appointed to oversee Roman Catholic child protection, refusing them Mass when they visited him in New York.
For awhile it appeared he had a change of heart.
But 10 years later in 2012 he retracted his apology in Connecticut magazine, saying:
“I never should have said that.” and
“I don’t think we did anything wrong.”
His personal motto was “In the holiness of truth.”
Roman Catholic Cardinal Edward Michael Egan was 82 years old.