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Monsignor Says He’s Sorry But Blameless For Teen’s Abuse By Pedophile Priest

Msgr. William Lynn maintains he was powerless to change the church’s practices for dealing with predator priests. As he put it at one point, he was “not the cardinal archbishop of Philadelphia.”

05/29/2012

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Philadelphia Monsignor Grilled on Witness Stand At Child Sex Abuse Trial

Prosecutor Patrick Blessington asserted again and again that Monsignor William Lynn has lied — to victims, to parishioners, to nuns and priests, and to the police, all to protect predator priests and to avoid negative publicity and legal action.

05/24/2012

Lynn Priest Sex Abuse Trial

Philadelphia Priest Takes Stand In His Own Defense At Child Sex Abuse Trial

Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering minors by allowing priests accused of sexually abusing children to remain in ministry.

05/23/2012

(Msgr. William Lynn leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia in March 2012.  Credit: Stan Honda/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Prosecutors Say Philadelphia Monsignor Lied To Police During 2001 Sex Abuse Probe

The police interview was related to an allegation of abuse two decades earlier by another priest.

05/08/2012

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

Victim Describes Sex Abuse By Philadelphia Priest Previously Named as Pedophile

A victim has testified that he was abused by a priest eight years after the priest had been accused of pedophilia by a previous victim but never prosecuted.

04/25/2012

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

Prosecutors Trace Paper Trail of Guilt In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial

The evidence focused on Edward Avery, a defrocked priest who pleaded guilty last week.

03/27/2012

(Msgr. William Lynn, on his way into court with his attorney last April.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Trial For 2 In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case Gets Underway

A trial has begun in the unprecedented case of a Philadelphia priest charged with raping a boy and a monsignor charged with endangering children as part of a coverup.

03/26/2012

(Edward Avery has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a boy and conspiracy.  James Brennan and William Lynn are facing trial.)

Defense In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case Wants New Jury

One day after Edward Avery pleaded guilty, the attorneys for two co-defendants have asked for a new jury panel because, they argue, this one was tainted by the latest developments.

03/23/2012

(Edward Avery, center, is pleading guilty.  Two other men -- Msgr. William Lynn and Fr. James Brennan -- have pleaded not guilty.)

1 Defendant Pleads Guilty In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

Defrocked priest Edward Avery, accused of molesting at least one boy, indicated that he would be pleading guilty, just days before his trial was set to begin.

03/22/2012

(Msgr. William Lynn, on his way into court with his attorney last April.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Prosecutors Plan To Show ‘Diocese-Wide Policy’ In Priest Sex Abuse Case

While the unprecedented clergy abuse trial of former Monsignor William Lynn and two priests is set to begin Monday, the latest pre-trial hearing in the case makes clear the defendants won’t be the only ones on trial.

03/20/2012

(Msgr. William Lynn, on his way into court with his attorney last April.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Jury Selection Delayed In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial

Jury selection has been delayed at least a day in the landmark priest sex-abuse trial of a longtime Roman Catholic church official in Philadelphia.

02/21/2012

(Msgr. William Lynn, on his way into court with his attorney last April.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Jury Selection Begins Today In Priest Child Sex Abuse Case

Jury selection begins today in the alleged clergy abuse trial of Monsignor William Lynn, Father James Brennan and former priest Edward Avery, who was defrocked.

02/21/2012

Edward Avery, Charles Engelhardt, James Brennan, Bernard Shero, and William Lynn are charged in connection with sex crimes against children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Prosecutors: Archdiocese Financially Motivated To Cover Up Sexual Abuse By Priests

The prosecution has cited countless instances in which Archdiocesan officials were aware of alleged abuse by dozens of priests over decades, even cases in which priests admitted abuse, but allegedly the Archdiocese failed to act, often until the threat of a leak or legal action.

01/25/2012

Edward Avery, Charles Engelhardt, James Brennan, Bernard Shero, and William Lynn are charged in connection with sex crimes against children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Judge Considers Allowing Evidence In Philadelphia Priest Child Sex Abuse Case

Much of the case against five men in the priest sex abuse is private, because of a gag order, but today KYW Newsradio got a remarkable look inside. The judge is considering whether to allow certain evidence that the prosecution wants to admit to present at trial.

01/23/2012

Edward Avery, Charles Engelhardt, James Brennan, Bernard Shero, and William Lynn are charged in connection with sex crimes against children.  Photos provided by Phila. DA's office)

Lay Teacher Charged In Priest Sex Abuse Case To Stand Trial Separately

At this point, a trial is scheduled in March for a high-ranking monsignor and three current or former priests, but Judge Lillian Ransom has ruled former Catholic school teacher Bernard Shero should get a separate trial, after the proceeding for his former co-defendants.

12/22/2011

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