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Archdiocesan official, accused priests to face trial together in Philadelphia abuse case

July 29, 2011

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that a former official of the Philadelphia archdiocese, accused of shielding abusive priests from prosecution, should face trial along with four priests who are accused of sexual abuse.

Judge Lillian Ransom denied a plea by lawyers for Msgr. William Lynn, seeking a separate trial. Msgr. Lynn, who is charged with conspiracy and endangering children, could face a prison term of up to 28 years if he is convicted. He is the first official of a Catholic diocese in the US to face felony charges for the handling of sex-abuse complaints


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jul. 30, 2011 8:47 AM ET USA

    If they are innocent, they should vigorously defend themselves. If they are guilty, they should plead guilty and not force their victim(s) to have to live through these horrible events again in public. Please pray that each man will act in accordance with his conscience and his actions.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2011 11:02 PM ET USA

    This strikes me as a marvelous gift to the incoming Abp. When he begins, as he must, to do what is necessary to cleanse those Augean Stables of brotherly Love, who will now be able to undercut him? Hi Oh, Silver, Away! Except the new Lone Ranger is really an Indian, but what the heck.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jul. 29, 2011 9:04 PM ET USA

    Yes! Now shake the tree and dislodge the rest of the hierarchy hiding their misdeeds.