Catholic church laments prison term for pedophile-enabler

From the NYT:

Monsignor Lynn served as secretary for clergy for the 1.5 million-member archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, recommending priest assignments and investigating abuse complaints. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that he had shielded predatory priests, sometimes transferring them to unwary parishes, and lied to the public to avoid bad publicity and lawsuits.

He got three to six years.  Classic statement from the Catholic church:

In a statement Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said that its procedures for protecting children had improved significantly since “the events some 10 years ago that were at the center of this trial.”

It acknowledged “legitimate anger in the broad community toward any incident or enabling of sexual abuse.” But it also described the sentence as overly harsh, saying “fair-minded people will question the severity.”

“We hope that when this punishment is objectively reviewed, it will be adjusted,” it said.

So how much jail time is appropriate for aiding and abetting the rape of children?  Any?

And here’s another question: Why is this guy still a Catholic priest at all? He appeared in court in his full priestly garb. They still haven’t fired him? Boy if he was gay they’d have gotten rid of him immediately. As we’ve noted repeatedly, the Catholic Church simply doesn’t value the safety of young children.


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