Defrocked Priests Says The Church Knew He Was A Pedophile
A former priest, Edward Avery, on trial fro molesting at least one young boy, suddenly declared just days before his trial was set to begin, that he would be changing his plea to guilty.
As in, he did it.
As part of his plea deal--he plead guilty to one count of sexually assaulting a boy under 13 years of age, and one count of conspiring to endanger the welfare of a minor--Avery was immediately sentenced to 2½-5 years in prison and ordered to surrender to authorities within 10 days.
He and two others--a priest and a monsignor--were set to go to trial next week in a case that shocked both the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Vatican with accusations of sex abuse, coverups, and stonewalling.
But, perhaps even more shocking than his sudden change of heart and plea, was Avery's declaration in court that Monsignor Lynn knew that he had sexually abused children but had nevertheless allowed him to remain in ministry.
Yes, the monsignor covered up for a pedophile.
Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington said, “Avery was aided in his efforts to remain in ministry with unsupervised access to parish children and altar servers b Lynn and others in the Archdiocese....Defendant Lynn and other Archdiocese officials acted in concert with Avery with a common purpose to conceal Avery’s known acts of sexual abuse of a minor, so that Avery could remain in ministry without the knowledge of parishioners whose children would be exposed to a man that defendant Lynn and others in the Archdiocese knew presented a danger to children.”
What's this? The Catholic Church covered up a case of sexual molestation in order to protect a priest and the church? Who knew?
Monsignor Lynn, for one, and his trial is scheduled to begin this coming Monday where i hope, with the aid of Avery's plea deal statement, they throw the book at him and then begin investigating all those who conspired to protect a known pedophile.
Maybe there will be some sense of justice for those molested boys.