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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

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Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial Moves To Defense Phase

The prosecution has rested in the landmark clergy abuse case that has rocked the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

05/17/2012

(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

(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

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Witness In Clergy Sex Abuse Case: ‘Priests Aren’t Supposed To Do Wrong’

The jury in the clergy abuse case hears emotional testimony from two more alleged victims, men who say they were abused by a priest in the early 1980’s.

05/01/2012

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Philadelphia Child Sex Abuse Trial Revisits 2008 Church Probe of Accused Priest

On Monday, the jury heard statements made by Father Brennan during a 2008 church investigation of accusations that he had molested a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

04/30/2012

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

Prosecutors: Predator Priest Served For 30 Years Despite Abuse Allegations

Evidence from the church’s secret archives shows three boys came forward in 1977 and alleged abuse and misconduct by Father David Sicoli, then in his first assignment.

04/27/2012

(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

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Defense In Priest Sex Abuse Case Points Finger At Late Philadelphia Cardinals

The clergy abuse trial continued on Tuesday with another disturbing case of alleged abuse by a priest and failure to remove him from ministry for nearly a decade, until 2004, despite warnings he was a “powder keg.”

04/24/2012

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More Shocking Testimony In Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case

According to the archdiocese’s “secret archives,” a former St. Charles Borromeo seminarian claimed his was the victim of an attempted gang rape more than 20 years before.

04/23/2012

(File photo:  Bishop Michael Bransfield, left, congratulates Rev. Kevin Quirk on Quirk's being named a monsignor in 2009.  Credit: Colleen Rowan, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.)

W. Va. Priest Will Testify At Trial of Philadelphia Priest Accused of Sex Abuse

Prosecutors in the case against Father James Brennan want Monsignor Kevin Quirk as a witness against Brennan, who is charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 1996, but had suggested that Quirk’s appearance was being obstructed.

04/20/2012

(Bishop Michael Bransfield.  File photo from Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston)

W. Va. Bishop Issues Scathing Rebuttal To Accusations Raised In Phila. Sex Abuse Trial

Bishop Michael Bransfield, who was named by a prosecution witness during the Philadelphia priest sex abuse trial, strongly denies the allegations leveled against him.

04/19/2012

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Philly Priest Sex Abuse Case: Witness Alleges ‘Rotation’ Of Molestation Of Boys

As the trial of a Philadelphia monsignor and a priest accused of child sex abuse and coverups moves forward, a second man testified today he was part of a rotation of boys repeatedly abused by a local priest in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

04/18/2012

Witness Links West Virginia Bishop To Priest Abuse

Testimony and argument in the clergy abuse case allegedly link bishop Michael Bransfield, of the Wheeling-Charleston West Virginia diocese, to an alleged predator priest and child abuse in the early 1980’s.

04/18/2012

(A memo from Msgr. William Lynn outlining church response to accusations against priests has become evidence in the case against him.  Credit: Tony Hanson)

More Victims Say Abusive Philadelphia Priests Were Protected By Higher-Ups

The witness, who later became a priest himself, says he confronted his abuser years later and also informed church officials, but the man was not prosecuted.

04/16/2012

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