PA--Top Philly Catholic official to get new trial; Victims respond

For immediate release: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790[email protected])

The nation’s only Catholic supervisor in jail for endangering kids and protecting predators will get a new trial. This ruling rubs salt into already deep and still fresh wounds of Philadelphia Catholic and victims. It also emboldens those who are hiding or are tempted child sex crimes.

Msgr. William Lynn was, for years, a key part of a Catholic hierarchy that repeatedly and recklessly put kids in harm’s way, deliberately choosing to safeguard clerical careers while jeopardizing children’s safety. But instead of just serving out his extremely light sentence, Msgr. Lynn is doing what virtually every child molester does: exploiting every legal maneuver and loophole, trying to evade justice.

We hope he’s found guilty again. We hope he serves every day of his sentence. And we hope this outcome will deter other church staff – in Catholic circles and other circles – from ignoring or enabling horrific crimes against kids.  

(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, [email protected][email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747[email protected])

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  • Debby Bodkin
    commented 2015-12-23 08:41:03 -0600
    It is tragic when attorneys representing Catholic officials known for failures to protect precious children continue to abuse the country’s court system to save themselves from legal malpractice damages. IMO, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia should have the wisdom to realize that freedom of religion is not a free pass to sexually abuse and/or allow the endangerment of a child or a vulnerable adult…… SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!
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