Vatican Defends Pope Against 'Blasphemous' Cover-Up ClaimsA top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were a "blasphemous" political hit job.
Philadelphia Archbishop Asks Pope To Cancel Meeting Due To Abuse Crisis"Right now, the bishops would have absolutely no credibility in addressing this topic,” the archbishop said in a letter to Pope Francis.
Pope to Visit Same Philadelphia Prison Housing a Jailed PriestMsgr. William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was convicted of one count of child endangerment and is in prison as his appeals play out.
Philadelphia Msgr. William Lynn Back in Prison After Child Endangerment Conviction ReinstatedWhen Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed his conviction, Judge Teresa Sarmina, who heard the 13-week trial, released him on bail in early 2014.
Prosecutor Vows Retrial After Phila. Priest Sex Abuse Jury DeadlocksThe judge has imposed a gag order, so the attorneys, defendant Father Andrew McCormick, the alleged victim, and all other witnesses in the case are prohibited from commenting.
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Limits Tuition Assistance To Children Of Clergy Abuse VictimsAt the end of this school year, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it will no longer accept new applicants to its tuition assistance program for children of clergy sex-abuse victims.
Msgr. William Lynn Begins Confinement at a Lawncrest Parish HouseLynn was greeted warmly by those friends and relatives before the hearing, which lasted just a few moments before Judge Teresa Sarmina, who reminded him that if he violated any condition of his release, back to prison he would go.
Philadelphia DA Irate That Archdiocese Posted Msgr. Lynn's BailThomas Bergstrom says his client could be out of prison as early as Thursday, or as late as sometime next week, as they coordinate Msgr. William Lynn's appearance before a Philadelphia judge.
Family of Priest Accuser Sues Philadelphia Archdiocese Over Young Man's DeathAttorneys for the family of 26-year-old Sean McIlmail insist it's not about the money, but the search for truth and justice for all victims of clergy sex abuse in the archdiocese.
New Book Traces Sad Recent History of Priest Sex Scandals It's a story we know all too well in Philadelphia, but Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio has put the whole Catholic priest sex scandal in one volume.
Long Prison Sentences For Priest, Teacher In Philadelphia Child Abuse ScandalDefense attorneys for both men immediately popped up in the courtroom to say they would appeal.
Philadelphia Priest, Former Lay Teacher Guilty Of Most Counts In Sex Abuse TrialThe verdict is guilty for a 66-year-old priest and a 49-year-old former Catholic school lay teacher in the sexual molestation of a then 10-year-old altar boy at St. Jerome’s Parish back in 1998 and 1999.