SNAP blasts Msgr. Lynn’s defense theory
Msgr. Lynn suggests he was overwhelmed and inexperienced, but apparently never once asked for additional personnel or training. He implies he got conflicting pressures but apparently never once sought clarity. He now blames others' "rules" but apparently never once objected to them or tried to change them.
If indeed Msgr. Lynn had these feelings of maybe wanting to do more, shouldn't there be some evidence that at some point over a decade or more he might have acted on these feelings? Yet there is none.
Here's what Msgr. Lynn did do: he lied to parishioners (and admitted that under oath, using that word) because his boss supposedly wanted him to. And not once, in almost four decades as a seminarian and priest did he ever call police about known or suspected child sex crimes, no matter how egregious or repeated they were.
Msgr. Lynn wants us to believe that despite his power and title and prestige and education, he was a poor, powerless trapped mouse coerced by a larger-than-life prelate. The truth is he’s a self-serving moral coward who let dozens or perhaps hundreds of kids be sexually tortured because he didn't want to jeopardize his career or his colleague's reputations.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.