Priest Sex Abuse Trial
The jury in the clergy abuse case hears evidence of what a grand jury called ‘depraved and sadistic conduct’ related to a Passion Play, depicting the events leading to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has many constituents to consider as he decides the fate of about two dozen priests suspended over child sex-abuse allegations.
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.
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.
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.
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, who was named by a prosecution witness during the Philadelphia priest sex abuse trial, strongly denies the allegations leveled against him.
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.
When asked about evidence the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered shredded a list of admitted and suspected predator priests, Father Doyle exploded, saying that is like obstructing justice, cubed.
It has become apparent that priests suspected of preying on children were shuffled, for decades, from one parish to another in the Philadelphia archdiocese.
On Thursday, as they built their case against Msgr. William Lynn and another priest, prosecutors presented evidence of coverups of child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia going back decades.
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.
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.