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Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

(Msgr. William Lynn was convicted of child endangerment.  Edward Avery pleaded guilty to molesting a boy.  Photos from Phila. PD)

2012 Year in Review: The Philadelphia Clergy Child Sex Abuse Case

The trial evidence — a lot of it from the church’s own secret files — exposed sins committed over a period of decades by supposed men of God.

12/27/2012

Defense lawyer William J. Brennan with his client, Father James Brennan (no relation). (credit: Steve Tawa)

Father James Brennan To Be Retried In Priest Sex Abuse Case

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office announced on Monday that it will retry the Reverend James Brennan, after a jury was deadlocked in June on his portion of the priest sex-abuse case.

07/23/2012

(File photo of Msgr. William Lynn, with his attorney. Credit: Steve Tawa)

Lawyers For Convicted Priest Seek House Arrest

Lawyers for Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn, the first Roman Catholic cleric in the United States to be convicted of child endangerment for his role in the clergy abuse scandal, will be in court Tuesday morning seeking to free him from prison.

06/25/2012

Monsignor Lynn

Monsignor Lynn Set For Third Day Of Cross-Examination In Clergy Sex Abuse Trial

Tuesday morning, 61 year old Monsignor William Lynn will be back on the witness stand at the Criminal Justice Center testifying in his own defense.

05/28/2012

(Charles Chaput tells KYW’s Mark Abrams his first order of business will be to rebuild the church’s reputation after a damaging abuse scandal.  Credit: Bill Roswell)

Chaput To Announce Fate Of 27 Priests Allegedly Linked To Sex Abuse Scandal

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput is set to appear at a news conference this afternoon to disclose the fate of some of the 27 priests suspended by his predecessor because of allegations of sexual abuse or other misconduct.

05/04/2012

(Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Prosecutors: Priest Began Abusing Young Girls In The 60’s

Prosecutors detailed nine mostly young girls who made complaints against Reverend Nicholas Cudemo, including three relatives, through the 70’s and 80’s, up to and including 1991.

05/04/2012

(Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, in 2003.)

Tests Ordered For Bevilacqua As Precursor To Possible Abuse Questioning

Cardinal Bevilacqua is not charged in the case, but four priests and a lay teacher are accused of abusing and endangering children.

10/07/2011

Archdiocese

Archdiocese Trains Clergy And Staff To Spot And Report Child Abuse

Up to 25-thousand people will receive up to three hours of training to learn how to identify mental, sexual, physical and verbal abuse of children and how to properly report it under the law.

06/29/2011

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