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Msgr. Lynn - First Conviction Of US Clergy Official in History

Society & Culture  (tags: religion, Catholic, sex abuse, crime, corruption, conviction, William Lynn, law, family, ethics )

- 2128 days ago -
Monsignor William Lynn, 61 yrs. old, has been convicted by a 7 man, 5 woman jury, who decided he was guilty of transferring sex abusers, and covering up a list of at least 37 accused priests - and not alerting parents of their potential threat to children

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Isabelle L (1)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 4:29 pm

Carol H (229)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 7:14 pm
noted, thanks Nancy

Regina P (67)
Saturday June 23, 2012, 7:40 pm
Thanks Nancy. Its about time

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 10:08 am
Thank you Nancy. This is long, long past due. These offenders should have been in prison years ago.
Just think of the all the children who became victims because of this man's actions.

Penelope P (222)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 11:33 pm
Iteresting-My bet is that thissort of thing happens in non-church organisations too-Church bashing may well be part of this also false memory traces in victims .It may not be as white and black as it looks

Past Member (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:59 am
And not exactly before time, you may think.

Dana W (9)
Monday June 25, 2012, 12:32 pm
Lawbreakers should not be able to hide from justice, whether it's behind a badge or a clerical collar. I feel for the children and families who've had to wait so many years for some type of resolution.

Virginia Esquer (8)
Monday June 25, 2012, 12:32 pm
justice is getting serve finally, it just took too long

Past Member (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 12:52 pm
silence is acceptance, we are change
protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
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DEMOLISH ------>>>>> THIS WALL !!!!

Teresa Cowley (274)
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:04 pm
It's about time--thanks Nancy!

. (0)
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:10 pm
Great to read -but this should be only half the story. What about the 37 offenders? When is their day in court?

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:24 pm
The REAL POWER that the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Hierarchy taking their cues directly from Rome, hold over our politics, is NOT REALIZED by most people.

Even tho TOTALLY DISCREDITED in the eyes of nearly the entire public, the Bishops STILL INFLUENCE PUBLIC POLICY IN CONGRESS. Where do you think A GREAT DEAL OF CONGRESSES' WAR AGAINST WOMEN, COMES FROM?????

Also, our Media is not reporting as much as the Foreign Media is, the MASS EXODUS of people from the Roman Catholic Church {all over the world}. Yet, STILL THEY CLING TO POWER. It will take REAL CONCERTED EFFORT to dislodge them from their position of power! Don't take it for granted that they are "done for"!

[If you were baptized Roman Catholic, and have left the Church, it would be a good idea to RENOUNCE YOUR BAPTISM in THE PARISH WHERE THE BAPTISM TOOK PLACE. Otherwise, the Catholic Church will KEEP YOU FOREVER ON ITS ROLLS AS A CATHOLIC, unbeliever or not! Obviously, this GIVES A FALSE IMPRESSION OF CATHOLIC NUMBERS AND POWER. Therefore, they HATE IT when you do that!!! Just a suggestion.....]

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 25, 2012, 1:40 pm
"Evidence showed Monsignor Lynn willfully reassigned pedophile clergy to unsuspecting schools and parishes, without regard for safety; and with the intention of protecting the catholic church instead.

This unprecedented conviction will have far reaching impact on other cases in the US in the future, as no other catholic official in a high position of power has ever been tried and convicted in any court.

One of the most disturbing revelations brought up in the trial showed that Lynn had reportedly told some of the pedophile priests in the diocese that that it was the fault of the child victims for enticing the priests into a sexual encounter. Another outrageous allegation was that Cardinal Bevilaqua had ordered the monsignor to destroy the list of sex abusers in the Diocese of Philadelphia, and to conceal the order.
Although many catholic officials, bishops, and cardinals have been accused of the same type of cover-ups and crimes, none have ever led to a trial and conviction. This landmark case may indeed lead to other similar cases of misconduct by church officials to reach the courts as well.
They GOT AWAY WITH IT FOR YEARS...... they thought they were gods on earth, no less.
" it was the fault of the child victims for enticing the priests"
They do that ALL THE TIME.

They ONLY got away with what they did, for many decades, and literally COUNTLESS victims, because of their Political Pull!
This conviction of a Higher-up, SHOULD ONLY BE THE FIRST OF SCORES OF THEM.
Let it be the BEGINNING OF THE END of illegitimate Catholic Church power over American, and other, politics.

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 2:08 am
Noted, thanks.

. (1)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 6:43 am
Noted. Thank you Nancy.

Pamylle G (461)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 7:09 am
I'm pleased to see a bit of JUSTICE being done. It may be the first, but it sure won't be the last IF we fight the criminal cover-ups of this corrupt organization.

Suzanne L (98)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 7:55 am
Noted. Thanks Nancy. I hope this is only the beginning of convicting priests who've betrayed their parisioners.

Edwin M (346)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:24 pm
This is an historical event,apparently the Catholic church can no longer protect and shuffle pedophiles from one parish to another. Eventually justice and the truth do prevail,as we shall eventually see justice and the truth prevail elsewhere, such as within the ranks of our government.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:55 pm
now that this case shows religious institutions and individuals can be held accountable to complying with the laws can we now expect to see tax exemptions eliminated for those who do not comply with the legal requirements for nonprofit status?

Franco Di Palma (374)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 3:07 pm
It's about time!

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 3:58 pm
Long passed due.. Many in the hierarchy of the church need investigated.

Jim P (3257)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 11:11 am
Oh goody...

Now, if only the Cardinals, Bishops and the Pope were tried and indicted as well...

Ty, Nancy.

Gene Jacobson (290)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 4:23 pm
Finally! It is about time these pedophiles and their handlers be held accountable for their transgressions against their dogma, their faith and most of all those poor boys who have been abused since the inception of the Catholic Church of pedophilia. Obfuscate, cover up, deny, they've been doing it for centuries so are pretty good at it, about time their putrid history caught up to them. Now if they would just STOP doing it, it is STILL happening, they have no control over their employees, the priests, the bishops, the cardinals. None. In the NCAA this would be cause for the institutional death penalty, banishment, for egregious failure to maintain institutional control. For a small period of time, years, these have been at it for centuries, millennia. It is about time they began to pay the price for their crimes that they have so well-earned. Now, let's get the rest of them, this is or should be just the beginning. I think the coverup goes all the way to the top. Let's not stop pushing until we get there. See what that leaves this unholy institution with. We can liquidate their holdings to recompense the victims, money doesn't heal, but it helps, and taking it from these most undeserving of all is a just end to this traditional, multi-national ring of child abusers.

Tom Edgar (56)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 6:22 pm
The first in America? Is my recollection faulty? Didn't The Evangelist Baker serve time? Why stop there I know of some Nuns who should be doing time for, if nothing else, mental torture, not to mention sadistic physical abuse.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 6:52 pm
Tom, I think the article meant, this was the FIRST CONVICTION OF ONE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY -- one of the HIGHER-UPS who was CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE for MOVING KNOWN SEX OFFENDERS AROUND FROM PARISH TO PARISH, and even from Country to Country! -- so the Known Sex Offenders would escape being prosecuted, as well as finding -- innocent new child prospects to rape and torture!!!

Plenty of [lower-down] PRIESTS have been convicted -- and plenty of the Hierarchy ACCUSED of mis-doing -- but, this is the FIRST *ACTUAL CONVICTION* of a CATHOLIC CHURCH OFFICIAL.

Penelope, don't be in denial, the Evidence in this case was OVERWHELMING. Please look at the EVIDENCE. MULTIPLE Sex Offending Priests moved around to MULTIPLE locations over MANY YEARS.
NObody is "making this up".

Of course, it doesn't ONLY happen in the crime-ridden Roman Catholic Church. Look at Sandusky just being indicted, and the whole Penn State coverup for years and years and years!!! An entire "respected" University Sports Department!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 7:01 pm
[As well as the ENTIRE Roman Catholic Hierarchy. They were ALL in on it! Every single last one of them! There is simply NO WAY that they DIDN'T ALL KNOW!]
Moving the Priest Sex Offenders around to escape Secular Law, was CHURCH POLICY, for heaven's sake!
It was Church Policy that was WRITTEN DOWN CLEARLY, for heaven's sake!
TOO BAD that we can't possibly EXTRADITE people from that TINY "COUNTRY" just a few blocks square, but still legally a "Country" -- the Vatican! [Yes, The Vatican IS a "Country", officially! as well as a building!]
So -- the Pope will NEVER be extradited to face HIS crimes. Or anyone [like Cardinal Law!] whom the Pope chooses to SHELTER in the "Country" of Vatican City.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 7:10 pm
What we CAN and SHOULD do, is WITHDRAW OUR AMBASSADOR -- yes, the U.S. DOES have an Ambassador to the teensy-weensy "Country" of The Vatican!
IRELAND, because of the Priest Sex Offender revelations in THEIR country, HAS WITHDRAWN THEIR AMBASSADOR.
So should EVERY COUNTRY. Both the Ambassadors TO the Vatican, and the Ambassadors FROM the Vatican -- UN-invite them!
This is Discrimination and favoring one religion for no reason!!!
{Write your Congressperson that we should withdraw our Ambassador -- permanently!}

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 7:23 pm
"This unprecedented conviction will have far reaching impact on other cases in the US in the future, as no other catholic official in a high position of power has ever been tried and convicted in any court."

PLEASE STOP KIDDING YOURSELVES ABOUT THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS -- those of you who still insist on being in Denial! [ONE case, they might make up Evidence for -- but, the RANGE and the SCOPE of ALL THESE CASES??????? What, a VAST, enormously successful Conspiracy of fake accusations??? Or, is it more likely that the COVERUP is a Vast Conspiracy to LIE ABOUT POWERFUL "RESPECTED" MEN RAPING SMALL CHILDREN? Oh, no, they'd have no reason to lie about THAT, would they?!]

Ellen m (215)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 12:03 am
no way in hell. I am glad this has finally happened, and i hope there are many more prosecutions to come, but it is the repug Catholics you may want to go after Barbara, as most of the Catholics that i know are on the same page as myself, and show the church how we feel by our actions everyday, and our input in trying to change what we can from within wherever possible.

Or hadn't you noticed all those priests and nuns being arrested standing up for the oppressed at every turn?
For Occupy, the farmworkers, planned name it, they are there.

If you are indeed Catholic than you have every right to go and renounce your baptism...if you are not than i think you might do better to work eithin your own religion rather than telling me how i should deal with mine. Just saying...

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 7:41 am
If that whatever-he-is Ratzinger had used his advantages right away and demanded that pædophile priests either resign or accept chemical (or physical) castration, they might have had a shred of legitimacy. As it is, I reject the Catholic Church belief platform (the only thing I credit them with is preservation of a functional Latin language), and outright refuse to ever consider myself Christian let alone Catholic. The misogyny and homophobia in the ranks of Catholicism is as unacceptable as teh pædophilia among the clergy. The butchery they have done to the Bible is apalling, and all 'Vatican secure repository files' should be forced to be relesed to the public so we can make up a real Bible without the bad editting and defective translation!

Fiona O (565)
Thursday June 28, 2012, 9:52 am
Good Grief! Thank you, Ellen, for the forward.

RENOUNCE MY BAPTISMAL VOWS. My Baptismal vows were made for me when I was three days old. I was not paying attention. But I just read these VOWS and I know today, that I would not make these vows. I am glad I have been alerted to this thread. I was a cloistered Roman Catholic nun, and, before today, I never read the vows that were made for me, without my consent.

No, I do not renounce Satan and all his evil works. I do not believe in Satan. I do not accept Satan's works as a way to shuffle off our responsibility for human deeds and misdeeds.

And all of the triumph in this thread is premature. The Roman Catholic church will appeal this conviction until doomsday.
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