March 27, 2012
Trial opens against Catholic official tasked with oversight of pedophile priests
The first criminal trial against a Catholic official for his oversight of pedophile priests opened yesterday in Philadelphia. The case against Monsignor William Lynn, who handled priest assignments as the archdiocese’s secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, centers around charges of conspiracy and child endangerment. The prosecution is focusing on confidential church files from Lynn’s office that detailed sexual abuse allegations against priests.
The AP reports:
Though to first to go on trial, Lynn is not the only Roman Catholic leader to be charged in the sex abuse scandal. Bishop Robert Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese faces a misdemeanor charge of failing to report child pornography found on a priest’s laptop. (Former Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony survived a grand jury investigation without indictment.) But the charges against Lynn are more severe—he faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
And this could be just the beginning.