Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

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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.


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

Monsignor Lynn’s 2004 Testimony Before Grand Jury Presented In Court

With the prosecution winding down in the clergy abuse case, a last segment of testimony by defendant William Lynn before a grand jury back in 2004 was presented Wednesday.


(The late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.)

Key Witness Says Philadelphia Clergy Lied To Hide List of Predator Priests

A longtime lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says the late Roman Catholic cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and his top aides lied about shredding a key piece of evidence in the clergy-abuse scandal.


(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.


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Private Eye Says He Verified Philadelphia Priest’s Child Abuse at Start of Scandal

Former FBI agent John Rossiter told the jury that Father James Brennan denied the allegations even while admitting there was sex talk, that he had slept in the same bed with the teen, and conceded there could have been unintentional contact while the two slept.


(Archbishop Charles Chaput.  Photo from Archdiocese of Phila. TV)

Some Still Feel Left In The Dark After Archbishop Chaput’s Announcement

There was criticism from those gathered outside the building where Archbishop Chaput made the announcement regarding the priest administrative leave cases.


(Archbishop Charles Chaput.  Photo from Archdiocese of Phila. TV)

Chaput Reveals Status of 8 Priests As Philadelphia Clergy Probe Continues

Archbishop Chaput said the archdiocese is nearly finished with its investigation of the cases of 26 priests who were publicly placed on leave last year.


file photo of Msgr. William Lynn (Credit: Stan Honda/ AFP/ Getty Images)

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.


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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.


(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.


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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.”


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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.


file photo of Msgr. William Lynn (Credit: Stan Honda/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Priest Trial Painful, Poignant For Catholics

Graphic testimony in a Philadelphia clergy-abuse trial this month has ripped open secret church files and reopened old wounds among Catholics as scarred men and women tell jurors that priests groped, molested or raped them as teens.


(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.


(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.