Posts Tagged ‘Monsignor William Lynn’

Church official convicted of abuse cover-up

June 22nd, 2012 - Comments Off

Monsignor William Lynn

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — A report states a 61-year-old Roman Catholic monsignor has been made the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up abuse claims after being convicted of child endangerment, but acquitted of conspiracy Friday during a landmark clergy-abuse trial.

Prosecutors said Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches.

Lynn served as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, mostly under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

Divided jury returns in Philadelphia priest case

June 20th, 2012 - Comments Off

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — A report states a divided jury will have a day off to think on clergy abuse charges pending against two Roman Catholic priests before returning for a 13th day of talks Friday.

Jurors reportedly deliberated for additional hours Wednesday after telling a Philadelphia judge they were at a deadlock on four of the case’s five charges. The judge said the panel won’t meet Thursday because a juror has a family conflict.

Jurors are weighing criminal charges against the Rev. James Brennan, who is charged with trying to rape a 14-year-old boy, and Monsignor William Lynn, who is charged with conspiracy and child endangerment for allegedly helping the church cover up abuse complaints within the Philadelphia archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.

Judge bars access to archdiocesan transcripts

July 26th, 2011 - Comments Off

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Three days after the Prosecutors filed Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua’s secret testimony from 2003 on how he handled sex abuse complaints in Philadelphia which is one thousand two hundred pages long was halted by a judge Monday, according to the reports.

The Inquirer had obtained copies of the testimony and was able to publish it on Sunday. When reporters and the public went to the courthouse Monday to read the documents, court clerks denied the access and said that they were only following instructions.