The Inquirer reports Mayor Nutter and Governor Corbett will join Archbishop Chaput in visiting the Vatican later this month, to begin preparations for the World Meeting of Families, a gathering of hundreds of thousands of Catholics that will next be held in Philly in 2015. Pope Francis is expected to attend that event.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has removed two priests from ministry over allegations that each—in separate incidents—molested a child more than 40 years ago. The Revs. James J. Collins and John P. Paul were each found unsuitable for ministry. Neither case was related to the February 2011 grand jury report, the archdiocese said.
CBS Philly: “The District Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia has announced it is appealing the decision to overturn the conviction of a Philadelphia church official charged with shielding pedophile priests. Earlier this month, Monsignor William Lynn was released from state prison, where he’d been housed for 18 months after being charged with child endangerment for reassigning sexually abusive priests to other parishes instead reporting them to law enforcement.”
The lawyer for Monsignor William J. Lynn, the former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official currently free on bail after his landmark 2012 conviction on child endangerment charges was overturned last week, has blasted D.A. Seth Williams for criticizing the appeals court’s ruling.
Here’s the Full Superior Court Ruling Overturning Msgr. Lynn’s Conviction in the Catholic Sex Abuse Case
Philly.com reports that the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has overturned Msgr. William Lynn’s conviction for participating in the Catholic Church’s coverup of child sex abuse. “Lynn from 1992 to 2004 served as the secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and was tasked with handling child sex abuse complaints. He was in June 2012 found guilty of felony child endangerment for covering up sex abuse claims brought against Catholic priests by reshuffling the accused to other parishes.”
Here’s the full opinion from the court:
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More black eyes for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday the suspension of a priest who it had allowed to continue working for nearly a year after multiple accusers alleged he had sexually abused them.
It was only after “multiple, new allegations” surfaced within the last two months against the Rev. John P. Paul, formerly of Our Lady of Calvary Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, that church officials decided to place him on administrative leave last week.
While Paul was placed on leave for now, the Archdiocese also permanently removed five priests after the conclusion of an investigation spurred by the DA’s 2011 report.