Msgr Lynn convicted of child endangerment

Philadelphia Catholic official convicted of child endangerment
Jun 22, 2012 8:25 PM GDT
Source: The Wall Street Journal

PHILADELPHIA — A former senior Roman Catholic Church official accused of failing to protect children from alleged molestation by priests was convicted of one count of child endangerment and acquitted of two other charges.

Amid the priest sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church over the past decade, Monsignor William Lynn is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the US to go on trial on charges related to cover up allegations. He served as secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a job that included handling allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

The monsignor was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children and with conspiracy with another priest to endanger the welfare of children. Lynn wasn’t accused of sexual abuse. The jury wasn’t able to reach a verdict in the case of another priest who was overseen by Lynn and also on trial, James Brennan. He faced charges of attempted rape and endangering the welfare of a child, in connection with allegations that he abused a teenage boy at his apartment in suburban Philadelphia in 1996.

The trial opened a window on how one of the nation’s largest Catholic dioceses grappled with the scandal as it shook the broader church in the US and elsewhere. The case has underscored both the success and the shortcomings of the church’s handling of abuse allegations. The Philadelphia district attorney’s office credited the diocese with referring some of the allegations at issue in the trial to prosecutors, under strengthened reporting policies the diocese adopted in the past decade. But a grand jury report last year blasted the diocese for allowing 37 priests to remain in active ministry despite having “credible” abuse allegations lodged against them.

The diocese later placed a majority of the priests on leave as it investigated the allegations, and recently deemed some of them unsuitable for ministry. Lynn also was placed on leave from his post as a parish pastor after he was charged last year.

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3 comments on “Msgr Lynn convicted of child endangerment

  1. Donohue’s got SNAP pegged, but he’s cheering too soon. To my mind, this conviction is great news. Too bad they didn’t get Msgr. “just following orders” Lynn’s boss, Cdl. Drinkwater. They should extradite Cdl. Law and put him away for 100 years. Maybe bring back C. Levada, too. There are at least a dozen more who should serve time. The homo-sympathizer bishops and priests need a wakeup call that it’s time to clean the queers out.

  2. Many Bishops could be inplicated in this, but this is sexual scandal’s the other scandal’s nobody talks about is the heresies all these bishop’s allowed over the last 60 years, they will answer to God not a grand jury for that.

    • Agreed. But while no action is forthcoming re heresy, Our Lord can use the civil authority to punish their hideous crimes. Even beyond the pederasty, the crimes are treason and sabotage, such as with infiltrator Cdl. Law. I have a photo of Comrade Law with Gorby and Raisa, all huggy and smiley, from the cover of the diocesan rag. Law toured Cuba and reported that they have religious freedom. While the state can’t punish him for being a fake Catholic commie, they could at least get him for pimping pederasts. He single-handedly destroyed the faith of many thousands of folks here and left the diocese decimated. Man. Don’t get me going or I might say what I really think about that viper!

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