Defense Fights Charges In Philadelphia Priest Abuse Case

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — A defense request for a preliminary hearing to challenge charges several Philadelphia Archdiocesan priests sexually assaulted boys, and covered it up is delayed, in part, because the prosecution has added a new charge, conspiracy.

Prosecutor Evangelia Manos says the conspiracy charge is based on powerful evidence that up and down the Archdiocese’s chain of command, the paramount goal was to avoid and prevent scandal.

Monsignor William Lynn appeared in court Monday.

Lynn is charged with endangering children by transferring predator priests without warning to unsuspecting parishes. Two veteran criminal lawyers defending him say the archdiocese is paying them.

Two fellow priests, a former priest and teacher also appeared.

Prosecutors say three of them raped the same boy.

The Rev. James Brennan’s lawyer says he will seek reimbursement from the archdiocese if Brennan is acquitted of raping a 14-year-old boy.

All the defendants, Monsignor William Lynn, three priests and a lay teacher maintain their innocence.

The judge refused to step down from the case but delayed other rulings until a March 25 hearing.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio

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  • Estadieu

    Bishops Law , Lynn, Mahony and Vlazny should go to jail in Siberia or Pakistan .

  • PM

    Let the legal process play out. Once lawyers get involved the truth on both sides evaporates. We do not respect life at any stage, so why would you jump to the conclusion that children are safe in our society from sexual predators. The church has owned up to its mistakes. Any fool who thinks that the church has lost its moral authority should head down to South Philly and talk to some of it’s Sicilian residents, see what they have to tell you. Pray for healing justice, instead of spewing hatred.

  • Kevin R. Consolo

    The Catholic Church NEVER learns! Not going to win any fans by attacking the character of the accuser. Earth to The Priest that molested ” suck it up take a deal and go away quite” Your Little white collar isn’t a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD! Disgusting perverts covering as Priest who are men of the cloth and sons of GOD. You make it hard to believe in the Catholic Religion at all!

  • Tom

    Got to love this line: The archdiocese is paying for Lynn’s criminal lawyers.
    LOL no they are not it is the stupid Catholics usung their Sunday envelopes that are paying for this, well not me brother! I send mine back to the Rectory!

  • Tom

    Hopefully those fine men of the cloth will get what this fine man of the cloth Father John Geoghan got when he went to jail!

  • jp

    hang them all!

  • buchanan-lite

    Actually, this exposes the benefits of gays coming out of the closet and being accepted in the workplace and society. This wasn’t the case some generations ago when these priests were hiding their identities under the cloak of priests and then committed these heinous acts against kids.

  • Dennis Brophy

    The Archdicese of Philadelphia has lost their moral authority. It is time for the laity to be more involved in overseeing the situation. What has been done and covered up at the expense of children is unconscienable. A group of laity should take over the role of handling allegations and seeking professional help where need to prosecute. The church hierarchy has proved repeatedly is unable or unwilling to do it. The children have suffered enough.

  • Clare Peterson

    This whole horrible mess came about because of power put into the hands of people who couldn’t control themselves, yet had control over vulnerable young people. Those who’ve never experienced Catholic school can’t comprehend the level of absolute power that the nuns and the priests wield, but just about everyone knows what absolute power does!
    If the Chruch has to pay out even more money, and maybe see some of their own in prison, they might realize that they can’t afford to indulge their sinful pride any longer.

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