Philly Abuse Trial Begins

“He paid lip service to children’s protection.” That’s one of the devastating lines from a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney in the criminal priest abuse trial involving Monsignor William Lynn. The Philadelphia monsignor is on trial for criminal failure to protect children from sexual abuse while he was a top lieutenant for recently deceased Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua. Lynn was in charge of priest personnel for the large Archdiocese and part of his duties as Bevilacqua’s Vicar included the evaluation, supervision, and assignment of priests who’d been accused of sexually abusing minors.
According to the Wall St. Journal, “Msgr. William Lynn is the highest-ranking member of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy to have his case reach trial on charges related to coverup allegations. He served as secretary for clergy in the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a job that included handling allegations of sexual abuse by priests. He is charged with conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children and has pleaded not guilty.”