Judge orders Catholic cleric to remain in jail for now
Monsignor William Lynn was responsible for investigating reports of sexual abuse by priests in Philadelphia.
June 26th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

Judge orders Catholic cleric to remain in jail for now

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Philadelphia (CNN) - The highest-ranking Catholic church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark child sexual abuse trial will remain in jail for the time being, a Philadelphia judge ordered Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge.

The trial marked the first time U.S. prosecutors have charged not just the priests who allegedly committed abuses but church leaders for failing to stop them. Lynn is the highest-ranking cleric accused of imperiling children by helping cover up sexual abuse.

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

Lynn's defense team argued during the trial that their client repeatedly told higher-ups about the alleged abuse and, under strict orders from the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, had no authority to remove priests from the ministry.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Courts • Crime

soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. SoldierOfConscience

    two words



    June 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Two words: Dumb azz.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • chief

      2 words ... . ped protector,,, go ahead join the ranks of gerald, catholic clown, cath eng..... all accompliceses to the ped problem

      June 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 28, 2012 at 1:05 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 3:24 pm |


    June 28, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • gerald

      And we wonder how men like stalin and pol pot and mao come to be and if there could be more like them. Freedom is okay for you as long as you have yours. You don't deserve freedom if you can't tolerate those who are not like you and will impose tyranny and imprisonment on them.

      June 28, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • chief

      re gerald the priest... well done spoken just like one who would rather see us burn for having an oposing opinion.

      June 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • gerald

      Oh no chief, I hope you make it to heaven. My hope is that you are ignorant when you are bearing false witness. In fact I know you are.

      June 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • chief

      like the catholics were tolerant of those that werent? HA

      June 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • merridee

      You'd put every single American Catholic, clergy OR lay person in prison for the crimes of the pedophile priests? But since you've only chosen Catholics to imprison, does that mean the pedophile clery of other religions get a free pass? That's some finely tuned critical reasoning you're practicing there!!! (Last sentence IS meant to be sarcastic in case you think it's a compliment.)

      June 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • SoldierOfConscience

      See. the war against christians is alive and well.

      June 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • chief

      re soldier of conscience....... this isnt a war on christians..... its a war on peds and on those that protect them like certain people have for many years in the catholic church.... dont confuse christianity with catholism....

      July 1, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  4. Jack

    Good evening. Everyone is invited to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    June 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  5. *frank*

    This typical priest deserves to be tied to a stake in Times Square and eaten alive by sewer rats.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • sam stone

      i don't know that i would refer to this man as a typical priest

      June 28, 2012 at 4:57 am |
    • gerald

      98% of preists have not committed these crimes. Why do you condemn them all? Child abuse is more rampant in the general public so by your logic all people should be eaten by rats.

      June 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • chief

      re gerald .... its time for your re-entry into club ped.... your pathetic attempts to redirect the 10,000 cases doesnt fool anyone except the bead counting bone collecting idol woshiping dress wearing ped protecting leaders and blind sheep.... anyone that defends or redirects comments away from the topic should themselves stay away from kids.... right priest

      June 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • gerald

      Of course cheif has no problem with anyone who broad brushes all priests as peds. Bearing false witness is no problem for you hey chief.

      June 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • chief

      snappy comeback priests..... here is a broad brush comment... priests have been molesting kids for many years while tha almighty church and its blind flock and those who dont care like yourself ignore the cries of kids, brush off the claims, ignore the screams,..... and pretend it doesnt happen because worship a religion and not God....

      June 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
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