This doesn't surprise me. Cardinal Egan was just unfortunately showing his ignorance, especially in saying that the glorification of the martyred Tsar was a mistake, in a word. As others have pointed out, the man was a terrible administrator but that doesn't mean he was a bad person. By all accounts, by the end of his life he was a very devout and pious Christian who did his best to serve God within the confines of his status. Many people, especially Americans, fail to realize that even autocrats like the Russian Tsar were not and could not be true despots; the bureaucracy that surrounded them exerted far more power in decision making than people want to believe. But, of course, it's far easier, especially after the demonization of cultures and heads of state during World War One, to believe in a simplistic understanding of monarchy as it was practiced at the beginning of the 20th century than to try to attempt to comprehend the incredibly complex world monarchs found themselves in at that time.