Msgr. William Lynn Heads Back to Court on Child Endangerment Charges
For immediate release: March 12, 2020
Next week Msgr. William Lynn will be back in court on charges of child endangerment. We hope that he will be convicted – again – by a jury of his peers for his role in covering up a case of child sexual abuse.
Msgr. Lynn’s efforts to reassign a priest accused of molestation to another parish have been well-documented. His argument that he was “only doing his job” was a weak excuse that was rejected by jurors in 2012. We hope that the soon-to-be empaneled jurors in this case will again reject that defense.
We know that the only way for change to truly happen is for truth to be exposed and for those who put children in harm's way to be held accountable for their actions. For years Catholic officials have promised to change how they deal with cases of abuse, but it is the teeth of the law that has forced change.
When those who enable abuse are routinely and harshly punished for it, cover ups will stop. For that simple reason, we hope that Msgr. Lynn is again convicted of child endangerment. We also hope that the message heard by Church leaders around the country is that these are serious crimes for which they can personally be held accountable.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)