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Catholic priest gets jail for sex cover-up

2012-07-24 21:50

Washington - A high-ranking US priest was sentenced on Tuesday to three to six years in prison for his role in covering up child abuse by Catholic priests under his supervision, the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper reported.

Last month, Monsignor William Lynn of the Philadelphia archdiocese became the first church official to be convicted of child endangerment for failing to stop child sex abuse by Catholic priests.

Judge Teresa Sarmina told him at the sentencing: "You knew full well what was right, Monsignor, but you chose wrong."

Lynn offered an apology, saying he had done his best in overseeing clergy but it had not been enough, the newspaper reported.

Lynn was found guilty on one count of child endangerment, but was acquitted on another charge of conspiracy and a second count of endangerment. He was never accused of abusing children himself.

Lynn, who held a position that dealt with investigating clergy misconduct, is the highest-ranking church official to be convicted in the US in the long-running sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church for more than a decade.

He allegedly recommended that two priests he oversaw continue to be assigned to parishes despite indications that they might have been abusing children.

One of those priests has since pleaded guilty to sexual assault against a 10-year-old boy. The other priest was tried alongside Lynn, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on his case.

Comments
  • joe.peters.56 - 2012-07-24 22:11

    Yet another reason to be an athiest...

      zaatheist - 2012-07-25 04:08

      The Catholic Church has spent two millennia demonizing human sexuality to a degree unmatched by any other institution, declaring the most basic, healthy, mature, and consensual behaviors taboo. Indeed, this organization still opposes the use of contraception, preferring, instead, that the poorest people on earth be blessed with the largest families and the shortest lives. As a consequence of this hallowed and incorrigible stupidity, the Church has condemned generations of decent people to shame and hypocrisy — or to Neolithic fecundity, poverty, and death by AIDS. Add to this inhumanity the artifice of cloistered celibacy, and you now have an institution — one of the wealthiest on earth — that preferentially attracts pederasts, pedophiles, and sexual sadists into its ranks, promotes them to positions of authority, and grants them privileged access to children. Finally, consider that vast numbers of children will be born out of wedlock, and their unwed mothers vilified, wherever Church teaching holds sway — leading boys and girls by the thousands to be abandoned to Church-run orphanages only to be raped and terrorized by the clergy. Here, in this ghoulish machinery set to whirling through the ages by the opposing winds of shame and sadism, we mortals can finally glimpse how strangely perfect are the ways of the Lord. - Sam Harris

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-25 10:29

      You should not judge religion over the actions of just one person. Besides, there are an overwhelming number of very good and logical reasons to be an atheist, I don't think we need any more.

  • adriaan.mostert - 2012-07-24 22:39

    Good news - and these people claim to be our moral compass... So if they are the spokepersons for god, then are they what god represents? Peadophiles, liars, money grubbing con-artist... Messengers of god! PAH!

  • Mighty007 - 2012-07-24 23:35

    Wonders shall never end.\r\nThis is end time!

      zaatheist - 2012-07-25 04:09

      No it is not the end times and anyone who tells you differently has lied to you. Wikipedia has a short list of recent Judgement day predictions: * 1914, 1918, 1925, 1942 and 1975 - Dates set for the end by the Jehovah’s Witnesses * 1981 Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981 * 1988 Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant. * 1989 Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. More predictions by this author appeared for 1992, 1995, and other years. * 1992 Korean group "ission for the Coming Days" predicted October 28, 1992 as the date for the rapture. * 1993 Seven years before the year 2000. The rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000. Multiple predictions. * 1994 Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted June 9, 1994. '2011 Pastor idiot Harold Campling twice wrongly predicted the Rapture would happen leaving millions of Americans to look even more stupid than usual.

      zaatheist - 2012-07-25 04:11

      If you truly think the End Times are here then see what odds the bookies will give you....!

      antin.herink - 2012-07-25 15:31

      I reckon the list of the End of Times day, is unending then.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-25 01:43

    GREAT NEWS, And now let's send to jail, the tens of thousands of piests, who have been molesting kids for many years !!! F.....G SCUM !!

      zaatheist - 2012-07-25 04:14

      Actually the World's largest criminal organisation and paedophile ring has been getting away with it for far too long. The Vatican should be invaded. the Pope and and all his Kapos arrested, tried and jailed and the Vatican turned into a museum.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-25 04:51

      Zaatheist, Not so sure to turn the Vatican into a museum.........., One should sell all those valuable paintings hanging in this sh.thole, and one could feed every hungry child in the world !!

  • Andries - 2012-07-25 04:27

    Great start! Hopefully this is only the first of these religious paedophile enablers to receive justice. Keep going until the Pope gets indicted! Sadly however, I suspect Church will close ranks even more now.

  • Boos - 2012-07-25 13:01

    This 'priest' should be put in jail for the longest time prescribed by law and the others like him should be sought and prosecuted as well. The Roman Church (institution) is satanic with anti-christian doctrine. Probably most of the top echelon of the Roman church are evil as well (my opinion) but most Catholic people are good people so don't condemn them or the Christian faith for the actions of these evil men/women.

  • antin.herink - 2012-07-25 15:29

    Great, name 'em, shame 'em and jail 'em! A monseigneur nogal! Part of the organised, institutionalised abuse. Under the guise of religion. Like joe.peters.56 said: "Yet another reason to be an athiest" What excuse for a god would allow this to continue, on such a massive scale, in his name? (Hundreds of thousands cases in the US alone!) Now what I really want to know is this: WHAT IS THE RC CHURCH GONNA DO? What happens invariably is that (like in the ANC) once found out they get redeployed elsewhere. To get any credibility they must defrock this piece of crap this instant. In fact he should be ex-communicated. Don't hold your breath, though.

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