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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-12 07:11 AM
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Ex-altar boy testifies about sexual abuse by Philadelphia priests (landmark case of child endanger-
by the church higher ups who did not themselves do any molesting--that we know of. I believe this is the first time that any prosecutor in the U.S. has pressed criminal charges against anyone but the molestors themselves.



Ex-altar boy testifies about sexual abuse by Philadelphia priestsment

By Dave Warner

PHILADELPHIA | Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:25pm EDT

(Reuters) - A 23-year-old man testified on Wednesday in the child sex abuse case against the Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese that he was molested by two priests, one of whom prosecutors said had been known to church officials as a sex abuser years earlier.

The testimony came at the trial of Monsignor William Lynn, former secretary of the clergy, who is charged with child endangerment and conspiracy over accusations he covered up abuse allegations against priests, many of whom were simply transferred to unsuspecting parishes.

The case has put a spotlight on the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the nation's sixth largest with 1.5 million adherents, and experts say has likely caught the eye of the Vatican, given Lynn's rank as the highest U.S. church official to go to trial in the abuse scandal.

Lynn faces the possibility of 28 years in prison if convicted.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/26/us-usa-crime-...

The possiblity of spending 28 years in prison, even a minimum security prison, ought to slow down the cover ups.

Too bad Cardinal Law was not tried for child endangerment, but, instead got a promotion to the Vatican under Pope John, where he remains under Pope Bennie.

Cold comfort, I guess, for not being the first American pope, as Law was supposedly on track to be before the class action lawsuits hit the fan.

Kinda makes you hope there is a hell, doesn't it?
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-12 10:21 AM
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1. Don't know about the hell, but it appears that Cardinal Law is in limbo.
;-)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-12 05:26 AM
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2. Well, he's in retirement at age 80, after many years of being treated like Christ on Earth
capped by honors from the Vatican, though not the papacy for which he had no doubt hoped.


Catholic Church buries limbo after centuries
Reuters, via Yahoo! News, UK
Apr. 20, 2007


http://www.religionnewsblog.com/18025/limbo


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