Many of us at Catholics4Change are wondering what the Archdiocesan Office of Child Protection and Victims Assistance thinks about priests applauding Lynn during their private gathering with Archbishop Chaput – the very same priests who are being taught about mandatory reporting. While we believe that one is innocent until proven guilty, Lynn has already admitted to moving sexually abusive priests around like chess pieces. Is this worthy of applause?
Any priest who stood up and clapped should rethink. Even if a priest believes the grand jury report to be political propaganda (as many do), Msgr. Lynn’s own admissions indicate a serious failure on behalf of children. That’s no cause for a pep rally.
In previous statements, Archbishop Chaput said he hadn’t read the grand jury reports. Perhaps someone should highlight critical sections of testimony and brief our new bishop. Of course, I think he is quite familiar with the material.
Msgr. Lynn could implicate others but seems to have decided to take the fall for the “greater good” of the Church. The payment of his legal fees, a shout out and the applause are insurance. All the risk is well-managed – except the risk that our children were placed in.
Please pray for our priests. Those who support victims and children will be outside the Archdiocesan Offices at 222 N. 17th Street in center city at noon today. The staff of OYCP and Victims Assistance are welcome to join us.