Court Date Set for Msgr. Lynn’s Appeal


Click here to read: ” Date set for appeal of priest’s conviction,” by Joseph A. Slobodzian, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 9, 2013

 

Lynn, 62, was not accused of personally molesting children; his job as Secretary for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia required him to investigate allegations against priests and recommend action to the archbishop. The child endangerment count involved a priest with a history of preying on children who Lynn allowed to live in a Northeast Philadelphia parish rectory where he again molested an altar boy.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130810_Date_set_for_appeal_of_convicted_priest_s_conviction.html#RSMMFsSDdvBkKHmD.99
Lynn, 62, was not accused of personally molesting children; his job as Secretary for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia required him to investigate allegations against priests and recommend action to the archbishop. The child endangerment count involved a priest with a history of preying on children who Lynn allowed to live in a Northeast Philadelphia parish rectory where he again molested an altar boy.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130810_Date_set_for_appeal_of_convicted_priest_s_conviction.html#RSMMFsSDdvBkKHmD.99
Lynn, 62, was not accused of personally molesting children; his job as Secretary for Clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia required him to investigate allegations against priests and recommend action to the archbishop. The child endangerment count involved a priest with a history of preying on children who Lynn allowed to live in a Northeast Philadelphia parish rectory where he again molested an altar boy.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130810_Date_set_for_appeal_of_convicted_priest_s_conviction.html#RSMMFsSDdvBkKHmD.99
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21 Responses to “Court Date Set for Msgr. Lynn’s Appeal”

  1. Please throw away the key after he gives up as much info that he is holding about the others involved.

  2. We have been waiting for this hearing to start. If anyone knows where the hearing will be held could they please post them on this blog so we might go to hear and witness to this presentation. How many thousands of dollars will this hearing cost the Archdiocese??. Of course they can always sell another church or school building to make up the cost for this process. I am sorry. Does this sound cynical?? Forgive me!!!

    • “How many thousands of dollars will this hearing cost the Archdiocese??”

      Who cares Rev.? That’s what the 2nd collection is all about. “A fool and his money are soon parted.” I assure you it will only cost me if he is represented by a public defender.

    • With the new pope, and his calls for peace, justice and anything else you could think of, one wonders why he hasn’t made overtures to wipe the slate clean for all victims of abuse worldwide by a papal Proclamation to eleviate any further sufferings.

      • I think we will see Francis address the sexual abuse crisis with greater clarity in the fall when his “group of 8” begins to meet. John Allen of the NCR predicts he will make an effort to implement, worldwide, stipulations like the ones found in the Dallas Charter as well as the procedures in place on the diocesan level to require background checks of employees, require that they take “safe child” classes, etc. Allen predicts that O’Malley of Boston, one of the “8,” will be integral to these discussions. In my mind, the question is how will this heal the damage done by the decades, if not centuries, of corruption, collusion, and conspiracy? Indeed, such a minimal response to the unconscionable crisis will act to further damage the Church. Even if Francis manages to annihilate clericalism, the cause of the crisis, coming face-to-face with the past, admitting the crimes and sins, seeking atonement, and distributing justice and mercy, are fundamental to healing. I doubt you will see the institution of the Roman Catholic Church admit to and constructively face its history of evil.

        Kate FitzGerald

  3. FYI – Here’s some related information in ‘laywer-speak’:

    http://www.bigtrial.net/2013/07/a-single-breathtaking-admission.html#more

    • Joe ,there are many issues and technicalities in this case and the appeal might be successful . When it comes to a person being convicted or set free, of course it must be based on technicalities of the law and I would not argue about that no matter what the case or defendant involved.
      I can say though after sitting in the courtroom and listening to Lynn testify, that although his appeal in the Philly courts may be successful , his actions regarding the protection of children will have to be answered at some point and the entity judging those actions is not a judge, jury or constricted by Pa. law. In my Catholic education of 16 years, I was never taught about Pennsylvania law when it came to moral issues.

      • Joe,

        I hope an error wasn’t made during the trial. I’d like Lynn to remain right where he is, “…in jail at SCI Waymart, about 30 minutes north of Scranton.”

      • So the monseigneur feels that he doesn’t deserve to be punished for 3 to 6 years just because he got caught endangering thousands of kids daily for 12 years…afterall, he had a big time, important job to do….and anyhow, children aren’t technically “people” with actual rights. It’s not fair to make it his problem if kids get hurt. This sort of penance is for “lay sinners”, not RCC Monseigneurs! Think of all the “priesthhoods” he isn’t able to “save” while he sits in jail. Very sad. Boohoo.
        In the real world (not the rcc world) wouldn’t it just be more prudent for a person in his position to skip the appeals and all the negative attention they bring to the AD, and quietly, courageously pay for his crimes like a big boy?
        Frankly, they’re all incredibly lucky so far, that a fed-up parent or victim didn’t take it upon himself to punish this entitled wuss and his pervert priests for real.

        • Crystal: every day when I read the newspaper, I expect to see that some victim or parent has snapped and taken the law into their own hands. We just witnessed here in Pa. that a man who felt wronged for some real estate maneuvers that removed his property from him. When compared with what happened to thousands of victims of clergy abuse his wrong seems slight. When Rich posted on an earlier blog that all the Catholic Churches should be burned to the ground, it brought back to mind some earlier fantasies that I should do that myself.I am sure that many readers of this blog were aghast. Myself not so much. When the laws are written to protect the guilty and punish the victims, something is extremely wrong. The Catholic Church, its Bishops and priests have received special treatment for years. When someone such as Monsigneur Lynn gets his just punishment,he didn’t get a fair trial. Hogwash! How about all the victims who never received justice because the laws in Pennsylvania have been influenced by lobbies for the Criminal Institution known as the Catholic Church.

          • Survivor's wife August 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm

            Most victims I know turn their anger, rage, and any shameful feelings toward themselves in destructive ways.

            The family members though? I’m quite surprised more haven’t taken the law into their own hands.

        • “Frankly, they’re all incredibly lucky so far, that a fed-up parent or victim didn’t take it upon himself to punish this entitled wuss and his pervert priests for real” (Crystal).

          The link below involves just such a case. I have always been amazed that more victims or families haven’t physically gone after their molesters.

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/20/william-lynch-beat-jerold-lindner-priest-molested_n_1611627.html

          • drwho13: I believe that because most of the victims were minor children and in many cases victims didn’t tell anyone about the abuse well into their twenties or thirties, in many cases perpetrators were far removed from victims. The fact that men like Lynn and Bevilaqua moved these priests from parish to parish and payed off victims who did come forward always kept the abusers one step ahead.In my own case, the priest who molested me died around the same time I remembered what he had did to me.Also as children, many victims were threatened by the priests with harm to themselves, family members not only from the priests but also from the Church and from God. It was all part of the coverup that still remains in effect to this very day.If the priest who molested me were still alive, I don’t know what I would do but I certainly would let him know what those actions did to me throughout my life.

  4. Is Msgr. Lynn on bail pending appeal?

  5. What hurts the Victim the most is not the cruelty of the oppressor
    but the silence of the bystander. Ellie Wiesel
    The above is directed to all the hierarchy, pew warmers, politicians and others that continue to support the rcc , period

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