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Top Church Official Indicted in Philly Abuse Probe

(RNS) Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing the indictment of a senior Roman Catholic official in the U.S. on charges of endangering the welfare of a child for failing to remove abusive priests from ministry.
The accusations against Monsignor William Lynn, former vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, represent the first time a U.S. prosecutor has brought abuse charges against a member of the Catholic hierarchy since the church’s clergy sex scandal exploded in 2002.
“This indictment will send shivers up the spines of hundreds of chancery officials across the country,” said David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.
Three other Catholic priests and a school teacher were accused last Thursday (Feb. 10) of raping two boys after a Philadelphia grand jury issued a scathing, 124-page report.
Lynn was vicar for clergy in Philadelphia from 1992-2004. “The rapist priests we accuse were well known to the Secretary of Clergy, but he cloaked their conduct and put them in place to do it again,” the grand jury said.
Lynn denied the accusations through his attorney. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 14 years in prison. His attorney, Tom Bergstrom, told The Associated Press: “We certainly don’t concede for a moment that he knew he was putting children at risk.” Also last week, the vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles resigned after the archdiocese acknowledged a priest who had admitted to sexually abusing a teenage girl during the 1960s was given a parish assignment in 2009.
The priest, the Rev. Martin P. O’Loghlen, had also been appointed to the archdiocese’s sexual abuse advisory board. Former Los Angeles vicar for clergy Monsignor Michael Meyers resigned on Friday.
- DANIEL BURKE, 2011 Religion News Service

  • nnmns

    It’s about time they started up the ladder! And there are several steps yet to get to the top.
    But good for them for showing some courage.

  • kimd

    As a Catholic,these stories make me sick.However,I’m so glad that the people not only committing these horrendous acts are being prosecuted but now the ones that covered up these crimes are also being prosecuted.It’s about time.

  • kimd

    As a Catholic,these stories make me sick.However,I’m so glad that the people that not only committed these horrendous crimes are being prosecuted but also the people that covered up the crimes are being prosecuted.It’s about time.

  • pagansister

    Excellent. This is most certainly progress in the right direction. The RCC isn’t out of the woods yet by any means. The law needs to keep their investigations and arrests going.

  • cknuck

    If he did cover up the activity then he will hardly get what he deserves but it is a start.

  • ds0490

    Three cheers for this prosecutor! This is LONG overdue, and hopefully will be the start of a very long and very thorough housecleaning.

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