Priest given 6-12 sentence in controversial Philadelphia sex-abuse case
Catholic World News - June 12, 2013
A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced a Catholic priest to a 6-to-12 year prison terms after his conviction in a sex-abuse case.
Father Charles Engelhardt was convicted in January along with a schoolteacher, Bernard Shero. Both men continue to insist that they are innocent of the charges. The case against them led to the indictment and eventual conviction of Msgr. William Lynn, an official of the Philadelphia archdiocese who was charged with endangering children by his failure to take action on sex-abuse complaints.
Ralph Cipriano, a veteran reporter who once helped expose misconduct within the Philadelphia archdiocese while writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has become convinced that Father Engelhardt and Shero were wrongly convicted. He has produced a series of provocative articles showing flaws in the prosecution’s case and evidence of corruption in the Pennsylvania court system.
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Posted by: FredC -
Jun. 17, 2013 10:55 AM ET USA
Rage does not justify injustice. The court system is corrupt, as such bias shows, including the bias of the judge. See http://www.catholicleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Philly-Inquirer-Ad.pdf for an excellent summary of the injustice.
Posted by: hartwood01 -
Jun. 13, 2013 2:05 PM ET USA
People want someone to pay for the years of coverup of clergy abuse and this priest was caught in the net. Innocent or not,years of coverup of other abusers engender a lot of rage against the Catholic Church.