June 22nd, 2012
03:04 PM ET

High-ranking priest guilty on one count in child sex abuse case

From Susan Candiotti and Sarah Hoye, CNN

(CNN) - Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric accused of imperiling children by helping cover up sexual abuse, was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment.

He was found not guilty on a second count of endangerment and a conspiracy charge to protect a priest accused of abuse.

The jury was unable to bring a verdict against his co-defendant, the Rev. James Brennan, who was charged with attempted rape of a 14-year-old altar boy and endangering the welfare of a child.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pennsylvania • United States

soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. countdowntimer

    Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favourite reason seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to remember of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed whilst other folks think about issues that they just don't recognise about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as neatly as outlined out the entire thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

    August 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  2. SoldierOfConscience

    The church made a big mistake.

    When the first alegation for any so-called priest came out, they should have followed this procedure

    1. investigate with 'Priest'.
    2. if allegation is true, then
    2a. Ask priest why he did this. he will tell that he did it coz he is secretly g@y
    2b. Publicly defrock said 'Priest' and publicize his orientation. This will serve as public notice of what happens when you allow deviants.
    2c. Allow crimminial system to charge deviant.

    Then they would have been fine.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Justin

      Check out this funny song about mormons


      July 19, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  3. SoldierOfConscience

    10 in last 2 months. 2 of the 10 by purple haired people

    July 9, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  4. SoldierOfConscience

    When scientists leak emails in which they say there is no proof for global warming, er. climate change. So we should fabricate. Immediately it is swept under the rug ...

    why am I not surprised?

    June 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Prrof? Or is this just another random assertion.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      June 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      What a crappy soldier, can't even defend his random assertions.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Hawaii, I dont live on CNN. have a life. read this article:

      http COLON SLASH SLASH goo DOT gl SLASH nXlp1

      June 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Kevin Trenberth stated, "The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t" This is about global warming.

      June 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      the short story is : the "climate change" scientists were caught with their pants down, writing emails to each other that "we need to rig data" (see the 'nature' graphing technique), "I dont like the kind of papers coming out of that journal so i'm going to get that editor", and most importantly "I dont have proof for this. very frustrating".

      June 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience


      June 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      looks like Hawaii cannot counter me so is quiet. typical.

      July 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • wow

      Yup, because tens of thousands of scientists all get together on a regular basis to conspire against the public in an attempt to control the world.

      Or maybe your tinfoil hat is screwed on too tight. Congratulations on being able to read an over-sensationalized and overblown account of a VERY small amount of scientists talking about data. Good for you on keeping your head buried in teh sand and being ignorant – willfully or otherwise – of the ACTUAL science. Kudos. Maybe pick up an actual scientific journal for once. Or, since you have access to the same data every other scientist has access to, go and prove them wrong. That's how science works, genius. It's not like others haven't tried.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      'wow' is doing damage control.

      July 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      The first article (goo DOT gl) is in the respected newspaper "the telegraph" from across the pond. just saying.

      July 9, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  5. SoldierOfConscience

    witch hunt again... not surprising.

    June 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Yea justice and accountability is just so full of persecution isn't it.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The only thing that's surprising is that you actually LEARNED how to spell "soldier" correctly.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  6. Fufu

    Atheist must believe in the innocence, or at least lack of guilt, of Jerry Sandusky. There is no way to prove scientifically that he is guilty, only witness testimony. The existence of God has millions more witnesses than the accusers of Jerry Sandusky. I assume all you atheist think Sandusky is not guilty.....

    June 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Fufu' presents both false claims and a false analogy, and further, contains an instance of the ad populum fallacy plus non sequitur elements.


      June 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    June 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!.`

      June 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  8. Hypatia

    What a lovely bunch of people here. Reminds me of the curia....

    June 24, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  9. WOT

    Let us not forget that God make all people. Do not be so quick to point a finger. What wires do you have that are crossed!

    June 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Answer

      No. It's your fantasy to think that all people are. We have science which debunks your junk.

      June 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  10. oop


    June 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  11. Keith

    This h0m0 qu.eer priest is no better than the h0m0 qu.eer predator, Jerry Sandusky. These animals will rot in hell for their crimes. Though for each one like these, 100's if not 1,000's escape-or so it seems. But God sees. Their actions, and ours, both good and bad are recorded in books as a testimony for or against us.
    The h0m0s^xual qu.eer predators should all recieve the death penalty-after all, did they not destroy the lives of their innocent victims? Hetero criminals should recieve the same penalty. But let's expose the h0m0's for what they are: NAMBLA-any sick sob even belonging to this organization deserves the death penalty. And our president declares June "gay pride" month? Proud? Of what? Destroying childrens' lives?

    June 23, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • Keith

      Isa 5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
      Sounds like a gay pride parade. I welcome the Lord's JUDGMENT on this evil.

      June 23, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • Keith

      Isa 5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
      Sounds like a gay pride parade. I welcome the Lord's JUDGMENT on this evil....as I'm sure the young innocent child victims will, too.

      June 23, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Be

      90% of pedophiles are men and 98% of them are heteros. Why are you only interested in the 2%?

      June 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience


      read about 'conditional probability'

      First of all your stats are wrong. 98% hvent beenproven to be heters. I think its more like 66-33.

      Back to conditional probability, given an event X (person is g@y) and event Z (person will m0l3st kids) what we want is
      Prob(Z given X) = prob(Z) / prob(X)

      July 9, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      To put it differently, if I am a shopkeeper and there has been a rash of thefts

      July 9, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      say, 10 in the last two months

      July 9, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      of the ten, two by purple haired people

      July 9, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      The P.C. thing to do is to say 8 out of 10 by othes etc etc.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      But If I am the shopkeeper and am human, when a purple haired customer comes in, I will follow him around to make sure he doesnt steal! Coz such a small percentage of people committed twenty oercent of thefts.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • wow

      The Epic Fail in your argument, soldier, is that more than 2% of the population is gay. Thus, your analogy doesn't work because you assume that a higher percentage purple haired people are stealing from you. But this isn't the case. A better analogy.

      Let's say that, our of 1,000 customers, 100 people are going to steal from you – a full 10%. Of these, two of those people will have purple hair. However, at least 50 of your customer's have purple hair. So now you have 950 customers with normal hair and 98 of those people are going to steal from you. Still around 10%. But only about 4% of purple haired people are going to steal from you.

      Feel free to be paranoid and follow those purple haired people around the store. The rest of us, however, are going to see you for what you really are – an ignorant bigot.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Kudos, wow. That was excellent.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience


      we can throw numbers around all day

      there was a survey done wherein a full third of p3d0ph1les identified themselves as g@y or b1s3xual. OP says 2%. what number is it?

      July 9, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      If my number is right, then a small percentage commits a third of the ... , then my original purple haired analogy holds and yours does not.

      July 9, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      Also, the incidence of p3d0 incidents is more like my number 10 out of {how many customers} in a month rather than 10% of the popylation. In your analogy, I would close the shop and open it in a better area 🙂 Similarly. with that many sick people, any society is scr3w3d. We know that's not the case.

      Your numbers just dont make sense.

      July 9, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 23, 2012 at 5:30 am |
    • Slurms McKenzie

      Were was God when the children being rap.ed by these priests were praying for the almighty to make it stop? Guess your God was out of the office that day.
      Prayer changes things...it makes you delusional.

      June 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • please show the prayer

      or admit that you are a liar

      June 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Where's your Nobel prize?

      If you think you've got evidence of that, you should go claim your Nobel prize, that is, of course, unless you're completely full of beans!

      June 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  13. WOT

    Now that tell all is in effect, no one will ever go to confession anymore! What about those who told him to not tell. and the beat go on and on.

    June 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  14. TineG

    Finally, one sick fcuk is done. Thousands to go.

    June 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  15. Actual Comment by Bill Donahue, Head Psychotic of the Catholic League

    "The witch hunt has come to an end, and those who have been clamoring for blood lost big time."

    There is a strain of Catholicism that is very very VERY sick.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • junior

      Not so. Those are the words of a man who has been at the epicenter of every anti-Catholic gesture, act, statement. He is a warrior, not perfect but committed. My hat's off to you Bill.

      June 23, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  16. Praying is not healthy for a sound mind

    God Bless him for trying his best to protect the r ap ist. God Bless catholics for supporting a church that promoted child r ap e and protected the r a p ist. God Bless every one of them.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      These priests belong to your camp ... wolves in sheep's clothing as Jesus Christ told us they would ... crept in unnoticed ...

      June 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Okey Dokey

      Ooooooooooooooooh!!!!!!!!!!! Sneaky hordes of atheist anarchist communist libtards are oozing into the priesthood to wreck the Church and fondle buttocks . . . and they hatched from pods and afterwards became killer clowns from outer space.

      Yeah, you busted us. That's what we do. All true.

      June 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  17. bubbles

    Let them go and god bless them! Religious people are the best.

    June 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  18. Molestation is not healthy for children and other living things

    Brainwashing turns logical people into terrorists

    June 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Raj

      * The Australian Childhood Foundation did a very realistic and prcivoatvoe campaign called “Invisible”. * Child Rights Information Network promotes children’s rights and spearheads the continuous

      July 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  19. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  20. johnfrichardson

    One count is all it takes!

    June 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Praying is not healthy for a sound mind

      OOOOneeeeeeeeeeee uh uh uh uh uh uh

      June 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Yes, Darwin claims you to be slimmy slugs, that crawled on your bellies from the ocean depths ... got fried in the sun, brain dead, no food to eat, no water, except salt water ... crawling your way miles to the nearest shaded tree. Yes, makes perfect sense to fools as Jesus Christ, claims you are.

      June 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • johnfrichardson

      HS – You are a certifiably dolt. There are interesting controversies within biology and evolutionary theory, but the bible bangers have been left behind.

      June 23, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      heaven sent...your understanding of evolution is a rich as your understanding of the word truth.

      June 24, 2012 at 12:20 am |
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