Report: Former Bridgeport Bishop Broke Law, Was ‘outright Hostile’ to Abuse Victims

By Daniel Tepfer
Bridgeport Post
October 1, 2019

Bishops Walter Curtis and Edward Egan failed to comply with the state law mandating priests report allegations of child abuse to law enforcement, according to a report on sex abuse in the Bridgeport diocese disclosed Tuesday.

Egan, who would later be elevated to cardinal of New York, was outright hostile to abuse victims, the report states.

The report notes the existence of sexual abuse by certain priests of this diocese, particularly abuse of children, was known to the diocesan leadership at least as early as 1953. A total of 281 individuals have been identified as having been abused during the diocese’s approximately 66-year history, nearly all when they were minors, by 71 priests. The 71 priests constitute 4.7 percent of the approximately 1,500 priests who have served the diocese since 1953, the report states.








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