Connecticut Report Revisits Egan's Role in Settling Abuse Cases

March 18, 2002


New York Times

For more than half of his 12 years as bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese in Bridgeport, Conn., Edward M. Egan was beset by a series of very public lawsuits charging some of his priests with child sexual abuse. The suits accused him and his predecessor of covering up the abuse and allowing the priests to continue to work.

Cardinal Egan left Bridgeport to become the archbishop of New York in 2000, and in March of last year, a multimillion-dollar settlement of the lawsuits was reached. The Bridgeport diocese acknowledged abuse had happened, apologized and said it hoped to move on.

But any notion that Cardinal Egan had put the lawsuits behind him was removed yesterday when The Hartford Courant published excerpts from some of the sealed court records, including the tran>