Catholic Priests Cover up Child Rape


PHILADELPHIA- The first jurors were seated in a landmark case in Philadelphia of a Roman Catholic monsignor charged with protecting predator-priests who were known to be child predators.

Monsignor William Lynn had asked to have the child-endangerment and conspiracy case against him thrown out based on new evidence found in a 10th floor safe at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which contained evidence that a former cardinal had aides destroy a list of accused priests that Lynn had prepared in 1994.

Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever charged over his administrative handling of the priest-abuse crisis. He is on trial along with Edward Avery and the Rev. James Brennan, who are no longer in active ministry.

In arguing for dismissal, Lynn’s lawyers spoke of a memo turned over by the archdiocese that states that the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered his top aides to shred a list of 35 accused priests still in ministry in 1994. Lynn claimed he made the list and gave it to Bevilacqua after he became secretary for clergy in 1992 and started reviewing secret archives of priest abuse complaints. The complaints were said to have been kept in a secure room rigged with an alarm at the archdiocese’s headquarters.

Bevilacqua had apparently discussed the issue with his aides and ordered all four known copies destroyed, according to a memo signed by the late Monsignor James E. Molloy, who said he shredded them, and a witness. But a copy of the list, and Molloy’s accompanying memo, were found in the locked safe at the archdiocese in 2006.

Defense lawyers said the new evidence shows Lynn was trying to address the priest abuse problem, only to have Bevilacqua quash his efforts. They also said Bevilacqua and Molloy denied to a 2003 grand jury that they had destroyed evidence from the secret archives.

Prosecutors called the 1994 list a “smoking gun” for their side. They say it shows Lynn’s involvement in the child abuse conspiracy. And they argued that the safe belonged to Lynn, who left office in 2004. Lynn’s lawyers argued that Molloy stashed it in the safe.

“They (the documents) show Lynn to be the most active participant in a well-orchestrated conspiracy among Archdiocese officials to cover up the sexual crimes of priests and to keep known child molesters in ministry,” prosecutors wrote in a written motion.

They say the list also shows that Lynn knew co-defendant Avery was a child molester but failed to have him removed. And they say it shows that Lynn perjured himself before the grand jury. Lynn, 61, faces up to 28 years if convicted on all counts.

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I am a mother of eight wonderful children and three grandkids, who I am very proud of. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. My ministry is geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community, and that I have been called to the homeland mission field of North America. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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