South Bay assault case puts priest abuse on trial

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

Updated 10:58 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2012

For a trial that’s supposed to be about someone beating up a senior citizen, there’s not much being said about the beating.

The 2-week-old trial of William Lynch in San Jose is really about seeking the public humiliation of the man Lynch says raped him as a child – the same man, retired Catholic priest Jerold Lindner, he is accused of beating up two years ago.

And even more, it’s about clergy abuse in general, and rage over statutes of limitations that let molesters off the hook if their young victims don’t reveal the abuse until years later.

That, in essence, is what’s being said by Lynch, his lawyers and the picket-waving throngs who attend every hearing at Santa Clara County Superior Court and revile the priest and his representatives whenever they show up.

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