Monsignor William J. Lynn returns to the stand today for cross-examination in the landmark Philadelphia clergy sex-abuse case.
Lynn is the highest-ranking member of the clergy to be tried on charges surrounding sexual abuse of children. So far his defense is centered on his taking orders from superiors, like the late Cardinal Bevilacqua.
Yesterday, the prosecution framed an argument alleging that the Monsignor did not to the best of his ability prevent suspected pedophile priests from continuing their abuse.
Lynn repeatedly stressed his position within the chain of command and his ultimate inability to do anything outside of his jurisdiction.