From Letters to the Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 21, 2012
How much is Lynn case costing?
Re: “Pennsylvania State University’s tab for the Sandusky case: $3.2 million,” Tuesday:
It should be reassuring to the residents of the commonwealth that Pennsylvania State University appears to be working toward accountability and transparency regarding its costs for the Jerry Sandusky child-rape case. PSU has taken the added step of breaking down some, but not all, of the financial information related to the Sandusky case and posting it and related material on its website, www.openness.psu.edu.
Can the members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia expect a similar accounting in regard to the child sexual-abuse case involving Msgr. William J. Lynn? After all, the bishops of the United States mandated accountability and transparency way back in 2002. To my knowledge, there has been no detailed public accounting by the archdiocese similiar to that of PSU. There is no website where church members can find information on the costs of legal, consultant, and public-relations fees, or where the money to pay for these services is coming from. Shouldn’t a religious institution be at least as accountable and transparent as a public institution like Penn State?
– Sister Maureen Paul Turlish, New Castle