Monsignor William Lynn Verdict: Guilty of Child Endangerment
Monsignor William Lynn: Priest Convicted in Catholic Church Sex Abuse Coverup
Monsignor William Lynn, a high-ranking Philadelphia priest, has become the first member of the Catholic clergy to be convicted for covering up sex crimes against children, for how he handled abuse claims against his fellow priests.
Monsignor Lynn was found guilty of child endangerment for his role in a cover-up of the sexual abuse of young boys. Though complicit in keeping known sex offenders in the Philadelphia Diocese, Lynn was not accused of molestation himself.
Lynn, 61, had faced about 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted of all three counts he faced — conspiracy and two counts of child endangerment. He was convicted only on one of the endangerment counts, leaving him with the possibility of 3 1/2 to seven years in prison.
The Catholic Church has spent billions of dollars on settlements: over 3,000 lawsuits have been filed against various dioceses, which have done everything in their power to keep the cases from the courtroom and, by extension, the public eye.
Even the Pope is unable to look the public in the eye over what is an ongoing, worldwide pedophilia problem within the Catholic Church.