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Philadelphia priest: Not archdiocese's policy to tell police about abuse reports
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:58 PM
Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...
Quote: A priest who assisted Monsignor William Lynn investigate clergy sex abuse claims testified Tuesday that it was not the archdiocese's policy to contact law enforcement or other victims of abuse.
"Our legal counsel said there was not a requirement to report," Monsignor Michael McCulken told jurors.
The defense called its first three witnesses Tuesday in the child sexual abuse and conspiracy trial of two Philadelphia priests, after the prosecution rested last week.
On trial are the Rev. James Brennan, who is accused of the attempted rape of a 14-year-old, and Monsignor William Lynn, who is accused of knowingly allowing dangerous priests to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children.
Lynn is the first high-ranking church figure charged with child endangerment for allegedly shuffling predator priests from parish to parish.
Defrocked priest Edward Avery was due to also go on trial with Brennan and Lynn, but pleaded guilty in March to involuntary sexual deviate sexual intercourse after admitting to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy during the 1998-1999 school year at St. Jerome Parish.
Lynn, who was the secretary for clergy under former Philadelphia Archbishop Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, is accused of knowingly allowing Avery and Brennan access to children despite allegations of sexual abuse of minors. From 1992 until 2004, Lynn was responsible for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children.
Both Brennan and Lynn have pleaded not guilty.More at http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/22/us/pennsylvania-priests-abuse/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:16 AM
Quote:The essential problem comes from the denial of their own humanity - for the more you defy and deny your own humanity, the more twisted in which the form it will finally express itself, and it WILL express itself, muchlike a tree root breaking a sidewalk.
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