Skip to comments.Testimony Begins in Pa. Trial of Catholic Priests
Posted on 03/27/2012 7:04:52 AM PDT by marshmallow
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After nine years and two grand jury reports, prosecutors have brought a landmark case to trial that explores how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia dealt with child sex-abuse complaints against scores of Roman Catholic priests.
Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever charged over his handling of abuse complaints. He supervised more than 800 priests as the secretary for clergy in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.
Prosecutors charge that Lynn kept dangerous priests in parish work around children to protect the church's reputation and avoid scandal. They say the church kept secret files dating to 1948 that show a long-standing conspiracy to doubt sex abuse victims and protect priests.
Assistant District Attorney Jacqueline Coelho called the case "a battle between right and wrong within the archdiocese and the office of secretary for clergy."
But defense lawyer Thomas Bergstrom said Monday that Lynn had the "ugly job" of overseeing sex abuse complaints but that Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua alone determined priest assignments and transfers.
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It certainly is amazing that it took this long to bring this mess before the courts.Let’s hope that Justice prevails and if these people are found guilty they get their just penalties.
Shame on the Hierarchy for not having the moral courage and backbone to rid the church of these miscreants years ago.
To continue to allow this filth to fester is more than sinful.
Government is a religion these days, after all.