SNAP FACT SHEET: Catholic wrongdoers are praised, not punished

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Name of wrongdoer: now retired Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia

What he’s accused of: Prosecutors say he concealed dozens of cases of clergy abuse and kept dozens of predators in parishes just a few years ago.

How’s he’s being honored: He is a featured speaker at the Catholic Men Servant Leaders annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky. Even after harsh grand jury reports blasting him and his colleagues, Pope Benedict sent Rigali to eastern Europe to represent the Vatican and church events.


Where he is now: Retired and living in Knoxville Tennessee

Name of wrongdoer: now retired Cardinal Edward Egan of New York City

What he’s accused of: Egan has been accused of refusing to remove priests accused of sexual abuse when he was bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000.

How’s he’s being honored: He was recently invited to celebrate mass at the Pueri Cantores Children’s Choir Festival, held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan.


Where he is now: Retired

Name of wrongdoer: Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles

What he’s accused of: Roughly 23,000 pages maintained by the archdiocese and various religious orders regarding sex abuse were ordered to be made public. The documents, which he fought in court for years, reveal that his concerns were more about the scandal that would derail the church and his agenda rather than the protection of children.


How’s he’s being honored: He appeared publicly with and met privately with Pope Francis in Rome in January. He also spoke at a recent Religious Education Congress in California.

Where he is now: Retired in California.

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