Topic: Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Philadelphia priests scandal: Three more Catholic priests were permanently removed from the ministry following a 2011 grand jury report that led to the conviction of a high-ranking Philadelphia archdiocese official on child endangerment charges.
Monsignor William Lynn, who handled child sexual assault complaints in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, was convicted of child endangerment and sentenced to 3-to-6 years in prison. The judge said Lynn "enabled monsters in clerical garb ... to destroy the souls of children."
Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia helped the Catholic archdiocese keep sexual predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, said prosecutors. Lynn is the first US church official convicted for how he handled child sexual abuse claims.
Monsignor William Lynn is the first American church official to be charged with covering up complaints of clergy child rape.