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Priest Sex Abuse

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

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

Prosecutor: Philadelphia Monsignor Tried To Cover Up Child Abuse By Priests

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.

12/16/2011

(Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.)

Judge Finds Cardinal Bevilacqua Competent to Testify In Priest Sex Abuse Case

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.

11/28/2011

(Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput.  File photo by Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput Names 7 To Clergy Misconduct Review Board

“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.

11/22/2011

(Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.)

Cardinal Bevilacqua Will Testify On Video In Philadelphia’s Priest Child Sex Case

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.

11/18/2011

(Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, in 2003.)

Tests Ordered For Bevilacqua As Precursor To Possible Abuse Questioning

Cardinal Bevilacqua is not charged in the case, but four priests and a lay teacher are accused of abusing and endangering children.

10/07/2011

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Exclusive: Philadelphia’s New Archbishop Speaks Candidly About His Goals

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.

09/04/2011

(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)

2012 Trial Date Set For Five Charged With Sex Abuse In Philadelphia Catholic Schools

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.

08/05/2011

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Judge Rules 5 Defendants In Priest Sex Abuse Case Will Be Tried Together

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.

07/29/2011

(Plaintiff's attorney Jeff Anderson, right, holds a picture of the alleged victim, when he was a teenager.  Attorneys Daniel Monahan and Marci Hamilton look on.  Photo by Mike DeNardo))

Sixth Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Philadelphia Archdiocese Over Priest Sex Abuse

A former altar boy has filed the latest civil suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, alleging sexual abuse at the hands of a priest.

05/09/2011

Cardinali Rigali celebrates Mass on Holy Thursday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic Community Marks Holy Thursday Amid Backdrop of Sexual Abuse Scandal

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.

04/21/2011

(File photo of Msgr. William Lynn, with his attorney. Credit: Steve Tawa)

Five Enter Not-Guilty Pleas In Philadelphia Archdiocese Child Sex Abuse Case

Four current or former priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — including high-ranking monsignor William Lynn — and a former Philadelphia parochial school teacher have formally entered their not-guilty pleas as they prepare to stand trial in a child sexual abuse case that has rocked the Philadelphia area.

04/15/2011

Ascension Of Our Lord In Northeast Philadelphia (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Survivors Network For Those Abused By Priests Heads To Ascension Of Our Lord In Northeast

A support group for individuals sexually abused by priests visited a Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood where a priest was removed from service due to possible sexual misconduct.

03/20/2011

(Photos by Mark Abrams)

Delco Man Files Suit Against Philadelphia Archdiocese Over Priest Sex Abuse

Frank Finnegan, 49, of Collingdale, Pa., alleges he was first overpowered by Father John Kline at a vacation rental home on Long Beach Island, NJ back in 1968 or 1969.

03/16/2011

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