Monsignor William Lynn supervised more than 800 priests as the secretary for clergy in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004. He’s the first U.S. church official ever charged over his handling of abuse complaints.
Prosecutors charge that he kept dangerous priests in parish work around children to protect the church’s reputation and avoid scandal.
The AP article has a lot of detail, and is well worth the read, if you’ve got the stomach for it. One bit of good news: a co-defendant pleaded guilty, and will be serving 2-1/2 to 5 years. This is good news because any attempt to blame the victims now has to recognize that one priest already has admitted to the abuse.
I was going to quote some more, but the bits I thought about quoting… I don’t want that on my blog. It makes me sick to my stomach. So I’ll just close with this:
Lynn could get up to 28 years in prison if convicted of two counts each of conspiracy and child endangerment.