Lynn Convicted; Sad Day for the Catholic Church

Although the conviction of Msgr. William Lynn today in Philadelphia of child endangerment is a sad day for the Catholic Church, the conviction at least imposes a measure of accountability on the Church hierarchy for covering up the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy.

For years, Voice of the Faithful and other advocates have called on the Church to hold accountable bishops and other officials who abetted abuse by keeping it secret. Lynn is the first, and thus far the only, member of the Church hierarchy who has been held accountable for covering up abuse, and it took civil authorities to force that accountability.

Voice of the Faithful has been calling for years for transparency in the way the Church handles clergy sexual abuse and for accountability of those who have abetted abuse by keeping it secret.

Sadly, the civil authority now has had to bring to justice a Church official for endangering children by helping to keep their abusers’ crimes hidden instead of the Church being completely forthcoming years ago at the time the abuse occurred.

The Roman Catholic Church cannot hope to heal the deep wounds to victims, their families, faithful Catholics and the Church itself until the hierarchy is completely honest about this scandal and demonstrates a commitment to justice and accountability at least equal to that displayed by the court in Philadelphia.

Voice of the Faithful once again calls on the Vatican and the bishops to hold accountable those among them who knowingly failed to remove child sex abusers from the clerical ranks.

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  1. #1 by SARAH MURPHY DOGANIERI on June 23, 2012 - 9:13 PM

    PLEASE, ALL OF YOU GOOD PRIESTS SPEAK OUT. YOUR LOYALTY IS NOT TO YOUR BISHOP, YOUR POPE, YOUR INSTITUTION BUT TO YOUR GOD. HE WILL JUDGE YOUR SILENCE OR YOUR COURAGE. LIVE EVERYDAY OF YOUR LIFE KNOWING THAT YOU WILL FACE HIM AND WHAT WILL YOU SAY…….I WAS AFRAID OF LOSING MY POSITION OR MY BISHOP’S FAVOR OR I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT MY SISTER’S AND BROTHERS AND YOU
    AND THEREFORE I HAD TO COME FORWARD.

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  2. #2 by SARAH MURPHY DOGANIERI on June 23, 2012 - 9:07 PM

    FOR YEARS I FELT APOLOGETIC ABOUT CALLING MYSELF A CATHOLIC. THIS GOES A LONG WAY IN HEALING ALL OF US.

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  3. #3 by S.C.T. on June 23, 2012 - 10:28 AM

    I have a hard time believing that they will do anything but offer up a few well chosen scapegoats, for it is they themselves(the heirarchy) who ordered the cover-ups in order to avoid scandal and to protect the brotherhood. I can only hope that the laity will continue to demand justice. Quote from the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: “Who is going to save our Church? Not our Bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops like bishops and your religious act like religious”. Independent, outside investigations must be conducted, for we can’t trust the heirarchy to investigate themselves.

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