Philly priest gets 3 to 6 years in abuse case
Catholic Monsignor William Lynn received a sentence slightly shorter than the maximum he faced.
July 24th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

Philly priest gets 3 to 6 years in abuse case

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Philadelphia (CNN) - The highest-ranking Catholic Church cleric charged and convicted in the landmark Philadelphia child sexual abuse trial was sentenced to three to six years in prison Tuesday.

Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was found guilty in June of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a charge.

He was given just under the maximum sentence he faced, which was three-and-a-half to seven years in prison for his conviction on the third-degree felony.

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  1. chief

    whats pathetic .... this clown gets time while others get nothing that defend ped priests

    August 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  2. Edwin Sandy

    When I was a kid I really did believe in God, and anyone who talked about him in a good way..... But not anymore. I started learning about the Residential Schools, you know what I mean. I'm talking about the 50,000,00 Native children that those Preists and Nuns killed. Who's ever reading this check out Kevin Annetts work. It's under hinden from history. It's sick. These people don't believe in God. What I mean is " They don't follow Jesus Christ teachings, They're following someone elses " They're being protected by their partners. Check out that sight you'll understand what I'm talking about.

    July 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  3. Mickey1313

    Soa child abuser gets 3_6, but probibly not in the general population? Must be nice to be a priest. They should get the max sentence, after all they are trusted by there flock. We must expose the lies of christianity at every possible turn.

    July 27, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does 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!|

      July 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  5. OOPs

    "call no man father." Especially when he's chasing your poopchute down the pew isle. So the wars on religions continue. More priests will be "found out" in the near future. It's one of the ways to finally destroy religion to implement the new one world religion... "The lucifer doctrine brought into public view" as Masonic writer, Albert Pike stated. Islam has been under the same attack since 9-11, before then most Americans didn't even know what Islam is. But if their precious TV tells them that they are terrorists of course the average brain dead, beer drinking, sports watching idiot will concur with that assessment. Way to go people! When you lose the right to bare arms, protest peacefully, free speech online or off, genetically modified food with no labels etc you have only your cowardice self to blame. How your Masonic forefathers must be so proud of the "men" today...

    July 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  6. Just call me Lucifer

    So they only gave him 3-6 years? Wait'll you see what I'm gonna give him.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  7. ronvan

    hawaiiguest: HARD CORE ATHEIST!! OR are you just playing? While I respect your view, you loose it, for me, in the way you present those views. IF you cannot speak without all the swearing then you must have a LIMITED vocabulary. Make your point YES, but do it respectfully. And YES, I swear, but have learned you can make a point without it! That said: For me, this comes down to FAITH! the BIBLE is the book that the vast majority have FAITH in and beleive in. HOWEVER, lets not forget that the bible was written by humans! DID Jesus turn water into wine? Part the sea? OR, are these stories exagerrartions, embelishments, made by those that wrote them? WHY is it that we even argue over these matters? Those that BELEIVE, have FAITH, that they are accurate, will tell you, in detail, how THEY can prove it. Those that do not can argue why it is not! It winds up, again, about FAITH! NO ONE has the saviors EAR that can PROVE or DISPROVE! It is FAITH that makes you beleive or not! NOW, as to the main point of this article: This priest FAILED in what he beleives in!
    Folr me, he has FAILED with his God and savior! The catholic church has continually denied, avoided, covered up these cases, so again, for me, they have FAILED, not only in what they preach, but have FAILED with God!k Are they the only ones? Maybe, but I doubt it. EVERYONE, that commits a crime, especially against children, MUST be punished. Just because you are a "holy" person does not mean you are OK. Crimes, abuse, are done by humans, and the last time I looked ALL members of ANY religion are human! Once again, it comes down to BELEIFS and FAITH There is not ONE person on this planet that can say they are "IN PERSONAL CONTACT, OR GOD SPEAKS THROUGH ME" that I would beleive or have faith in!! IF GOD or my savior wants to say something, HE will appear and tell ALL of us!

    July 26, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • gerald

      The scriptures tell us what to expect from perverse men.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • sam stone

      Perhaps the scriptures were WRITTEN by perverse men

      July 26, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • gerald

      "the will call good evil and evil good".

      July 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Funny how your pedophile priests just have to ask your christ for forgiveness and they can molest
      as many children as they want and STILL go to heaven. Your faith is a lie. Deal with it.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • sam stone

      Oooh, gerald....a QUOTE. Nosireee, bob, you don't get much more convincing than a quote

      July 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • gerald

      Sam, if I were trying to convince you I wouldn't have bothered.

      July 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • chief

      it isnt just the ped preists... its those who defend them too that have a place in hell

      July 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • gerald

      I'll see you then chief (if that is really what God judges me to have done, but I doubt that very much), since those who bear false witness go to hell also. Then we can settle the score on this bull c r a p.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • chief

      hey gerald .... if i end up in hell, it wont be because i defended men and an organization that have committed attrocities to children for many many years..... does the name larson mean anything to you?

      July 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
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