The Catholic church suffered a significant setback with the conviction of Monsignor William J. Lynn last week. The church had been all but untouchable. This case, for endangering children, sets a precedent for future prosecutions. I hope to see other prosecutions follow. Of course, a few district attorneys will need to step up. It is not as if there is a shortage of cases. Clergy sexual abuse and those who enable the crime, span across America. More prosecutions are likely to follow.
Prosecutions serve another purpose; one that is just a valuable as holding these evil men accountable. It opens up a secret society for public scrutiny. As we learn how they operate, we see there is nothing holy. These are simply men, earning a living in a simple way, while consuming the innocence of children. There is no justification for the excess, lies, or pain. They are just men; horribly corrupt men, and they should be held accountable.
More on Lynn: He moved priests around once things got hot. He moved them to churches without warning anyone. He turned pedophile priests loose to prey on new children. His actions were evil. Lynn is a pedophile pimp and and a complete hypocrite. I hope they send him to prison.
The single guilty verdict was widely seen as a victory for the district attorney’s office, which has been investigating the archdiocese aggressively since 2002, and it was hailed by victim advocates who have argued for years that senior church officials should be held accountable for concealing evidence and transferring predatory priests to unwary parishes.
How can anyone think of the Catholic Church as a holy institution? I will never understand.