About damned time! As for Lynn’s “My best was not good enough,” where’s that tired old excuse of “God has a plan?” Why not trot that crap excuse out again? Is this an indication of a failure of faith on Lynn’s part? If it is, I can only HOPE that all those other worms that participated in the cover ups are having a similar crisis of faith – learning perhaps for the first time that “following orders” from bishops, archbishops, cardinals and the pope is NOT the right thing to do! At the VERY LEAST I can hope for that!
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BY BARRY DUKE – JULY 26, 2012
POSTED IN: CATHOLIC CHURCH, GLOBAL CATHOLIC ABUSE SCANDAL, RELIGION AND CRIME, RELIGION AND SEX, RELIGIOUS CHILD ABUSE, THE FREETHINKER
JAILED this week for his complicity in covering up Catholic clerical child sex abuse in Philadephia, Monsignor William Lynn, 61, said:
I’ve tried to serve God as best I could. My best was not good enough.
Monsignor William Lynn
Lynn, the highest-ranking Catholic Church cleric charged and convicted in a landmark Philadelphia child sexual abuse trial was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison on Tuesday after was found guilty in June of one count of child endangerment.
This the first time a US church leader has been convicted of such a charge.
According to this report, Common Pleas Court Judge M Teresa Sarmina told Lynn during sentencing:
You knew full well what was right, but you chose wrong.
Although Lynn did not sexually abuse any children, he failed to take the “appropriate steps” to remove predator priests from ministry, the judge said.
He has been sentenced for his own actions done knowingly.
Lynn’s conviction was for not removing defrocked priest, Edward Avery, 69, from active ministry in the 1990s after learning Avery had molested a teenager.