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Lawyers say testimony of ailing cardinal should be excluded

Catholic World News - December 09, 2011

Defense lawyers in a Pennsylvania sex-abuse case are arguing that testimony from Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua should not be allowed at trial, because the cardinal—who is reportedly suffering from dementia—showed obvious lapses of memory.

After a judge ruled him competent to testify, Cardinal Bevilacqua gave a deposition for the trial of his former aide, Msgr. William Lynn. Lawyer said that the cardinal struggled “to the point of tears” to remember facts and answer questions, and did not recognize Msgr. Lynn.

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  • Posted by: cincinnatus - Dec. 10, 2011 11:20 AM ET USA

    A response to "mamatoo85337": Sympathy's not the question. In a criminal trial context (which is what the DA chose) it's the rule of law that counts. History shows that people who jump on the "sympathy" bandwagon (built and decorated by the Grand Jury in this case) find that sooner or later it takes them--and others!--to kangaroo courts.

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Dec. 10, 2011 8:54 AM ET USA

    I'm unable to feel any sympathy for the Cardinal. Sure have plenty for the little boys.

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