Philly Judge Weighs Church Sex Abuse Evidence


Salon Staff
January 24, 2012 7:09PM (UTC)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge could decide Tuesday if prosecutors can tell a jury that the Catholic Church long ignored sex abuse complaints and fed dangerous priests a steady supply of children.

Prosecutors want to use dozens of old allegations at the upcoming March trial of a church official charged with child endangerment and two priests charged with rape.

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Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official to face trial for his handling of sex abuse complaints.

Prosecutors at a pretrial hearing this week called the archdiocese "an unindicted co-conspirator."

Lynn served as secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004 under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (beh-vih-LAH'-kwah). A grand jury last year blasted the retired cardinal's actions but never charged him.

Defense lawyers say Lynn is being made a scapegoat for the scandal.


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