Attorneys: Cardinal ordered memo on priests destroyed
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered a list of suspected abusive Catholic priests to be destroyed according to a 1994 memo.
February 25th, 2012
03:16 PM ET

Attorneys: Cardinal ordered memo on priests destroyed

(CNN) - A Philadelphia archdiocese official on trial for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of children has asked a court to throw out charges against him based on a 1994 memo showing Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered a list of suspected abusive Catholic priests to be destroyed.

Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn asked a Philadelphia court to dismiss charges of conspiracy and child endangerment based on documents that Lynn had informed his superiors - including the cardinal - that priests in the archdiocese were assaulting children.

"The recent unexpected and shocking discovery of a March, 1994 memorandum composed by Monsignor James Molloy, Monsignor Lynn's then-supervisor, on the topic of this review, clearly reveals that justice demands that all charges against Monsignor Lynn be dropped," Lynn's attorneys said in a filing.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Courts

soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Hongb Sturdnantw

    Wow, what a video it is! Really fastidious quality video, the lesson given in this video is really informative.

    July 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  2. danielwalldammit

    It is in moments like this that we can take comfort in the knowledge that faith in God is the source of sound moral judgement.

    April 22, 2012 at 12:31 am |
  3. AGuest9

    He didn't want the "blood" on his hands. It's funny. It seems to be all the same. He would have made a great "boss" Ordering a hit keeps the blood off your hands, but it makes "witnesses".

    March 21, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  4. William Demuth

    He deserves to burn in hell.

    Deviant child buggerer

    March 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  5. chief

    its sad and embarrassing for catholic people to come out on the blogs and make pathetic attempts to change the topic of the story..... for years they say, no cover up, isolated case... now its opening up, the new line its... look at teachers, boy scout leaders..... if the catholic people would get involved with this problem, it wouldnt be a problem, instead they are enablers

    February 29, 2012 at 9:39 am |
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