Locked Safe Held List of Pedophile Priests, Witness Says

By John P. Martin
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2012

A few months after she started working in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia clergy office in late 2005, Louise Sullivan was handed a task: straighten up the file room.

After more than two years of grand-jury investigations into allegedly sexually abusive priests, the room on the 10th floor of the archdiocese’s 17th Street headquarters was cluttered with cardboard boxes and random files. Sitting atop one cabinet in the corner was a safe.

Sullivan, the office’s newly appointed director of operations, asked around: Whose safe was it? And what was inside?

No one knew, she told Common Pleas Court jurors on Thursday.

The backstory of the safe -- and its contents -- remain a disputed but potentially critical piece of evidence in the conspiracy and child endangerment trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn, who once ran the office.








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