EGAN DECRIES SEXUAL ABUSE (Urges victims of clergy to tell cops)

Cardinal Edward Egan broke his silence on the growing sex abuse scandal in the Catholic priesthood, denouncing pedophilia yesterday as an abomination and promised to encourage victims to bring their accusations to civil authorities.  While he said the Archdiocese of New York would thoroughly investigate allegations, he pointedly added that it would also continue to respect the rights of the accused priests as well as the accusers.

(New York)