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