We believe Msgr. Lynn being behind bars is just, and helps end current cover ups and deter future ones, both inside and outside the church.
Before making a decision next week about his fate, we hope the judge does thorough research into the hundreds of predator priests who've crossed or been sent across national boundaries. We hope she bases her ruling on the past behavior - not future promises - of Catholic officials.
We're less concerned about the short term and more concerned about the long term. What we really want is for Lynn to get the maximum sentence and for prosecutors to retry Fr. Brennan and pursue other charges against other complicit staff in the hierarchy. That's the best way, we feel, to protect the vulnerable, heal the wounded and expose the truth.