Priest Sex Abuse
A Philadelphia judge today rejected a defense motion that she remove herself from the pending clergy child sex abuse case because of bias.
There is now a gag order imposed on all parties in the case, so neither the prosecution nor defense can make statements in reaction to Bevilacqua’s death.
The prosecution alleges these “prior bad acts” show a pattern of conduct by the church that contributed to the criminal conduct of defendant Msgr. William Lynn.
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.
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.
A defense attorney says the prosecution has alleged in filings that Msgr. William Lynn threatened a priest who disagreed with the reassignment of a priest, and allegedly threatened a nun who threatened to expose a problem priest.
The judge hearing the private testimony has ruled that the retired cardinal is legally competent to be offering his testimony in the case of alleged child sex abuse by archdiocese priests.
“A number of them have (legal or law enforcement) experience in child protective services, in child welfare, sexual assaults, and sexual crimes,” the panel’s chair says.
A Philadelphia judge says Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua will testify in the Catholic sex abuse scandal involving priests and leaders within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — but he may or not end up on the witness stand.
Cardinal Bevilacqua is not charged in the case, but four priests and a lay teacher are accused of abusing and endangering children.
This week the Philadelphia archdiocese will stand at a crossroads of leadership. Charles Chaput is to be installed as the new Archbishop of Philadelphia replacing Cardinal Justin Rigali.
A trial date has been set for a monsignor, three priests, and a lay teacher charged with endangering and sexually abusing schoolchildren in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
A Philadelphia judge has ruled on pre-trial motions, finding a Monsignor, three priests and a lay teacher charged with endangering and sexually abusing children will be tried together.
A former altar boy has filed the latest civil suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, alleging sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.
The Catholic Church in Philadelphia began marking the holiest week on the Christian calendar on Thursday, under the cloud of the priest sexual abuse scandal.