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Judge Says Bevilacqua Memo Doesn’t Destroy Case Against Msgr. Lynn

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A municipal judge today rejected a defense motion to dismiss the child endangerment case against Philadelphia priest Msgr. William Lynn because of newly discovered evidence in the clergy abuse case.

Lynn is charged with endangering children by allowing predator priests to remain in ministry, thereby giving them access to abuse more children.

But the defense cited new evidence — a memo that the late cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered the shredding of a list of problem priests. The defense suggested that Lynn was not “in the loop” of the decision making that protected the priests.

But the judge has rejected the motion after hearing from the prosecution.

In court, assistant DA Patrick Blessington accused the defense of filing the frivolous motion in a blatant attempt to pollute the jury pool. The defense denied that.

Jury selection began last week. Lynn has pleaded not guilty.

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  • A.j. Baselice

    Hopefully the DA will review the Grand Jury Testimony and issue indictments accordingly. The list needs to be made public. What did cistone, rigali cullen know and did they participate in the cover up ?

  • Michael Skiendzielewski

    And this frivolous defense motion cost the parishioners of Philadelphia how much in legal fees, filing fees, preparing correspondence, etc. ??

    Hope the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is keeping an eye on this “legal tab” for Lynn and others !

  • Patrick OMalley

    The Bevil made me do it.

    • Jeannie Guzman

      Cute comment, Patrick O’Malley. You know the Church is going to condemn you to at least 10 years in Purgatory, for making it, but it was WORTH IT, wasn’t it?

      • Jeannie Guzman

        Sorry, Patrick, but I was just informed that Purgatory is too good for the likes of us. Anyway, Purgatory will probably be full by the time we get there, so our alternative punishment to the flames of Purgatory will be to be sent back to Catholic School, under the tutelage of the “Less than Charity Sisters of Charity.”

      • Patrick OMalley

        I’m going to be put in a room with each of these despicable punks, and with no referee. It will be my heaven, and their hell.

      • Patrick OMalley


  • Judy Block-Jones

    Finally. because of extremely brave victims speaking up and coming forward and reporting their abuse by clergy, the full ugly truth is being exposed. This is not an easy thing to do and they are to be commended for their courage and determination.

    It is possible for thousands and thousands of victims of sex abuse to feel hope and justice and there is a big hope that no other child will have to endure the pain of being sexually abused by a priest, bishop, nun, brother, employee, etc.. Also their is a big hope of not being dismissed and threatened to keep their mouths shut in order to protect these high ranking church officials who care more about their institution, power, and images, rather than caring about innocent children.

    Like Marci Hamilton says, the whole world is watching this trial. There are so many high ranking church officials who must be sitting in their offices wondering when they too will be called to answer to the law.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511
    “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” and all clergy.

    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
    SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is

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