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N.Y. Cardinal Cleared of Sex Abuse Claims

January 04, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Cardinal Edward Egan of New York has been cleared of sex abuse accusations raised when an unidentified man said Egan molested him when the cleric was a priest in Chicago in 1969.

Egan's spokesman, Joseph Zwilling, said the cardinal was relieved that the case had been dismissed by the state's attorney's office in Chicago and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Egan was ordained a priest in Chicago in 1957 and worked there from 1958 to 1960 and from 1964 to 1971.

He was appointed archbishop of New York in 2000.

In a letter to Egan, Chicago Cardinal Francis George said his office had concluded there is "no evidence" to support the charge and said he was "deeply sorry for the personal anguish this false accusation has caused you."

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