Philly Priest Trial Reveals Abuse Memos

The ongoing criminal trial involving a formerly high ranking Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest, Monsignor William Lynn, has revealed how little the Archdiocese and Lynn himself did with sexual abuse accusations brought against Philadelphia priests. One in particular, Fr. Stanley Gana, was a priest with whom we crossed paths during a deposition of Sr. Lucy Vasquez, formerly Chancellor of the Diocese of Orlando.
Gana had been in a rehabilitation facility in Canada when he abruptly left the treatment facility and fled to Florida where he was living within the boundaries of the Diocese of Orlando. A local parishioner called the Diocese and expressed concern that Gana seemed to be living with a bunch of teenage boys. When Sister Lucy called the Archdiocese to inform them about the phone call concerning Fr. Gana, Msgr. McMulkin mentioned (according to phone records we obtained in preparation for the deposition and part of the previous Philadelphia Grand Jury Report) that the Archdiocese wanted to avoid scandal. Of course, there was no mention of any expressed concern for the teenaged boys living with him at the time.