PA--Convicted "enabler" church official moved to new prison

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 14

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, [email protected])

We’re glad that a convicted complicit Catholic official has been moved to a prison and won’t be visited by Pope Francis in September. We’re grateful for this news. And we’re grateful that Msgr. William Lynn is still behind bars because we believe this might help deter cover ups by other church officials.

Some abuse victims were troubled by the prospect of the only imprisoned complicit Catholic cleric getting a personal visit from Pope Francis. It would have been depressing sight for many and would likely have been seen as yet another instance in which powerful church figures backed a guilty church figure. So we’re glad this will likely not happen.

If, in the weeks ahead, Msgr. Lynn is moved back from Scranton to the Philly prison, we hope Francis will consider visiting a different facility.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, S[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine(312-399-4747[email protected])


Monsignor Lynn Moved From Prison On Pope’s U.S. Itinerary

July 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former church official jailed for his handling of priest sexual-abuse complaints no longer resides at a Philadelphia jail on the pope’s U.S. itinerary.

Monsignor William Lynn is serving a minimum three-year sentence for endangering children in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The 64-year-old Lynn has recently been housed at the city’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Center while  . . .

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