Roman Catholic Church official convicted of endangerment in priest-abuse trial – U.S. News

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A Roman Catholic church official was convicted Friday of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial, becoming the first U.S. church official convicted of a crime for how he handled abuse claims. 


Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priest was being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said.

Lynn, 61, had faced about 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted of all three counts he faced — conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment. He was convicted on one of the endangerment counts, leaving him with the possibility of up to seven years in prison.

The jury began deliberating earlier this month after hearing 10 weeks of testimony in a trial that re-focused attention on the broader sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church, costing billions in settlements, driving prominent U.S. dioceses into bankruptcy and testing the faith of Roman Catholics.

In this case, Lynn’s job was supervising 800 priests, including investigating sex abuse claims, from 1992 to 2004, in the nation’s sixth largest Archdiocese, with 1.5 million members.

Lynn was on trial with Rev. James Brennan. Brennan, 49, was charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996, along with child endangerment.

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  1.  
    Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priest was being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said.

    Sounds like conspiracy to me…

  2. in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial, becoming the first U.S. church
    official convicted of a crime for how he handled abuse claims.

    Let’s clean up the act and see a few more prosecuted for their crimes.

  3. Good, now let’s hope that these people realise that shuffling the peadophiles around isn’t acceptable and can lead to them being prosecuted. It might just make them do the right thing for a change instead of worrying about the PR effect on their bloody church.

  4. No immediate appeal?

    Make no mistake, this ordained person of faith will be defended on any number of popular Catholic sites. Secular culture, the victims, and even the mystical plan of Yahweh will be invoked before admitting the Church fails. I’ve seen it before.

    For all I know, in a century, should religion retain even a semblance of the power it wields today, this priest will have his own feast day

    Mike

  5. Secular culture, the victims, and even the mystical plan of Yahweh will be invoked before admitting the Church fails. I’ve seen it before.

    And let’s not forget: the media, the devil, and of course, de gayz.

  6. “Monsignor William Lynn helped the archdiocese keep predators in
    ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priest
    was being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to
    unsuspecting churches, prosecutors said.”

    What… they tried to call that a conspiracy?

    Everyone knows a conspiracy is when an unlawful plan is formulated in secret by two or more people. How were they hoping to get him on that? All he did was conspire to keep predators in
    ministry. I would hardly call that a conspiracy.

  7. I heard this story on NPR coming home today. The lawyer for the priest was moaning that his client was “crushed… all he wanted to do was help children”.

    I almost shed a tear. Almost. ;-)

    Steve

  8. From CNN:

    Bill Donahue of the Catholic League, an advocacy group devoted to challenging defamation of or discrimination against Catholics, called the verdict a defeat for overzealous prosecutors and victims advocates who he claimed had unfairly targeted church leaders.
    The witch hunt has come to an end, and those who have been clamoring for blood lost big time,” Donahue said in a statement. “They wanted the big prize — they wanted to nail a high-ranking clergyman on conspiracy. … Looks like their car ran out of gas in Philadelphia.”

    Witch hunt? Clamoring for bloodNail a high-ranking clergyman?  Why so irate, Billy Boy?

    Sounds like a Catholic cause for celebration.

  9.  

    ” Donahue said in a statement. “They wanted the big prize — they
    wanted to nail a high-ranking clergyman on conspiracy. … Looks like
    their car ran out of gas in Philadelphia.

    Evidently Donahue has not run out of gas or hot air! 

    called the verdict a defeat for overzealous prosecutors and victims
    advocates who he claimed had unfairly targeted church leaders.

    Oooooo!  those evil victims’ advocates and prosecutors !  Fancy holding catholic priests to account!

    @OP:disqus – It’s unclear who put the surviving copy of Lynn’s list in the safe. Lynn
    denied doing so, or owning the safe. The gray file was found when the
    safe was smashed open in 2006, two years after Lynn left his archdiocese
    job. An in-house lawyer said < b>he put the gray folder in his files in
    2006 without realizing the list — sought by a grand jury in 2004 — was
    inside.

    OOooops!  Not destroyed with the other copies!

  10. OOooops!  Not destroyed with the other copies!

    They have been diddling there way to eternal glory for 2000 years…maybe documenting their diddling on an internally for their eyes only basis for about the last 50 odd years.

    It is world wide katolik’ phenomenon, wherever a crow landed and infected an area chances were above average that he would diddle the kiddies till jeebus came home…it is in the statistics.

    The katolik’ church felt no particular concern their only mission was to keep it under wraps.

    They started keeping documents…for their own use, because they are arrogant shits that believe their inner sanctum would never be investigated, searched, violated cos they were doing jeebus work and the bishops knew the cops…some took confessions from them…it was a self regulating system.

    The documents were required to reflect the diddling count and to ensure a diddler never got sent back to where he had previously diddled…it was a internal memo to the hierarchy so the hierarchy were aware of the ebb and flow of the diddlers and made sure the diddlers were never going to be seen hobbnobbing with the hierarchy, that did not always work, but well enough for general purposes apparently.

    There must be a middling size Amazonian rain forest in paper scattered around the global diocese…stashed in drawers..in safes…in diaries…in bookshelves and libraries…where else do you stash documents that know one will ever want to look at for the rest of eternity…?

    Police were the last folk that would want to look at them…who else would want or show any interest in them?

    No one…they were documents no one wanted…but knew they were safe cos they were under church jurisdiction…

    Most lists..names…reports…internal discussions  were filed away and promptly forgotten about after a decade or so…old priests die, new priests get drafted in, old bishops move elsewhere,  new bishops have no idea those documents are there…

    And no one can destroy them all…they don’t know where all of them are!

    There is volumes out there in churches and diocese…the Vatican archives would be groaning under the weight…probably no filing system and probably also forgotten about.

    There is a veritable library out there…the reading would bring down the catholic church…the catholic church are dimly aware of that…the catholic church are shitting themselves.

    For every document they have shredded…there will be 10 more not…we just got to find them before they do!

    And that is where the battle ground lies…cos some cops, judges and prosecutors are katolik’ too!

    And cover up is the katolik’  way!

  11. They will certainly try but each side only gets so many without cause dismissals. After that they have to give a reason (which the judge can reject) for rejecting a juror. I know they can’t dismiss a juror due to race and I’m pretty sure they can’t based on religion either.

  12. After decades of these stories leaking out in the press, the public here in the USA has, at last, moved to the point where juries are willing to return convictions. All week long, here, there has been a trial going on of a coach at a university where (American) football was practiced as if a religion, and the media repeatedly compared the child abuse and cover-up to the RCC. The jury in that case returned convictions last night, and the general message is that the legal system is now ready to move against child abuse, no matter how respected or “holy” the accused perps.

    This is a good trend, and I expect more cases to go against the RCC, while they quietly move senior bishops out the country and try to shift the attention to any other subject. (But, those damn  NUNS On The Bus  are not helping.)

  13. I hope this conviction – of one of their administrators rather than a paedophile – finally makes them realise that canon law is not above criminal law.

    If they can understand this, then they might show more care in the future.

    I am afraid that asking them to show care for its own sake does not seem to work.

  14. This arsehole has been convicted but rest assured pressure will be brought to bear and he will likely get an easy passage rather than prison.That is of course if he is not suddenly appointed to a position in the vatican,which is what usually happens.Then all will blow over.Remember a few weeks ago when the scumbag Brady was all over the news?Gone quiet hasn’t it?

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