Diocese press conference starts at 51:00 mark.
A report released by the Diocese of Bridgeport, prepared by retired Superior Court Judge Robert Holzberg, details the cover-up handling of abuse by past leadership including former Bishop Edward Egan’s “unsympathetic, inadequate and inflammatory” response to victims.
From the report:
Bishop Egan’s response was profoundly unsympathetic, inadequate, and
inflammatory. He openly acknowledged to his staff, and signaled to the public
through his behavior, that he believed his principal responsibility was to preserve
the assets and reputation of the diocese rather than to work for the well-being of
survivors and secure justice for them. His indifference, if not outright hostility, to
the suffering of victims resulted in a host of operational failures, including, most
gravely, the reassignment of known abusive priests to locations and duties in
which their abusive behavior continued. He deliberately concealed the reasons for
those reassignments, failed to take seriously “red flags” of abuse, placed undue
reliance on psychological evaluations, rather than personnel action, to prevent
abuse, and showed more interest in whether offending priests were homosexual
than in their abusive behavior. He also followed a scorched-earth litigation policy
that re-victimized survivor plaintiffs, dissipated valuable diocesan assets in bad faith procedural maneuvers, and alienated large segments of the laity, the clergy,
and the wider public.
Read letter from Bishop Caggiano here.
Read Holzberg report here.