Pa. Archdiocese Named 'unindicted Co-conspirator'

By Salon Staff
January 24, 2012 12:00AM (UTC)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors are calling the Archdiocese of Philadelphia an "unindicted co-conspirator" in a clergy sex abuse case — and say the Catholic Church fed predators a steady supply of children.

The comment comes in a key pretrial hearing Monday before the March trial of a high-ranking church official, a priest and an ex-priest.

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Monsignor William Lynn is charged with conspiring with priests and church officials to keep accused priests in ministry and parishioners in the dark.

To prove a conspiracy, prosecutors want to tell jurors about dozens of priests accused in a 2005 grand jury report. No charges were filed.

Defense lawyers say those allegations shouldn't be aired in the current case.

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Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Farrell says the church can't comment on the "co-conspirator" accusation because of a gag order.


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