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Defense argues Philadelphia official was following orders from archdiocesan superiors

May 23, 2012

In the trial of Msgr. William Lynn—the former Philadelphia archdiocesan official who is charged with endangering children—the defense has brought forth witnesses to testify that Msgr. Lynn was following policies set by his superiors.

As secretary for clergy under the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Msgr. Lynn allegedly failed to follow up adequately on reports of sexual abuse by archdiocesan clergy, and to remove priests who were guilty of abuse. His lawyers have argued that he lacked the authority to discipline priests, and was following orders from above.


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