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Philadelphia court hears evidence archdiocese wanted abuse claims concealed

Catholic World News - May 16, 2012

As the trial of Msgr. William Lynn continues in Philadelphia, the court heard testimony that a former archdiocesan official instructed Msgr. Lynn to conceal evidence of previous complaints against priests accused of sexual abuse.

“Never admit to victims that there are other cases,” wrote Father James Molloy, the assistant vicar for administration, in a memo to Msgr. Lynn that was introduced into evidence. Defense attorneys have argued that in withholding evidence of sexual abuse, Msgr. Lynn was following a policy established by the leadership of the archdiocese.

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