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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Priest uses Nurenburg Defence- I was only obeying the Cardinal's orders

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The Associated Press: Monsignor: Cardinal wanted accusers kept in dark:

"A Roman Catholic church official conceded that a 1994 list he compiled of 35 priests suspected of sexually abusing children in the Philadelphia archdiocese included some "pretty sick individuals."

Monsignor William Lynn took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in a groundbreaking child-endangerment and conspiracy case. Prosecutors blame Lynn for helping keep those priests and many more in ministry, where they were had access to countless other children.

Lynn testified that the head of the archdiocese forbade staff from telling accusers their alleged abuser had other victims."

The Cardinal indeed punished another priest for disobeying his orders in these matters.

See also vast documentation on systematic abuse within the Franciscan Order.

1 comment:

Tancred said...

Most other social organizations, including police departments, political organizations and non-Cathlic schools were doing the same thing, which they did because of the idea that sexually sick individuals could be reformed.

I think we need to be reminded that guilt free sexual permissiveness was the order of the day and that people weren't evil or even worthy of punishment, they were just misunderstood and needed therapy.