Catholic Official Wants Pa. High Court to Weigh in

Washington Examiner
January 13, 2012

A high-ranking member of Philadelphia's Catholic clergy wants the state Supreme Court to review the child endangerment charges filed against him following a grand jury investigation into alleged sex abuse by priests.

Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn filed a motion Thursday asking for the review, claiming prosecutors misapplied the law in bringing charges against him.

Prosecutors say Lynn transferred predator priests to new parishes without warning while the archdiocese's secretary of clergy.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports Lynn's attorneys argue a 2007 amendment to child-endangerment laws shouldn't apply in Lynn's case because he was no longer in that position by then.

Two priests, an ex-priest and a former Catholic school teacher accused of raping boys also face charges.

Attorneys in the case are under a gag order.








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