What does Cardinal’s passing mean for sex abuse case

Philadelphia Inquirer

Staff Report

Just the day before his death, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua was declared legally competent to testify at the upcoming trial of two Catholic priests and a former priest on sex abuse charges.

Now, it’s unclear what impact his passing will have on the case.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office sought to have testimony by Bevilacqua presented to jurors at the trial of Rev. James J. Brennan and Edward Avery, a former priest, for allegedly abuse boys in separate incident the 1990s.

Msgr. William J. Lynn, a secretary for clergy under Bevilacqua, is accused putting the duo in positions that allowed them to continue abusing children.

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