Priest-abuse jury returns to work in Philadelphia

    A Philadelphia jury returns Monday to weigh the conduct of two Roman Catholic priests — one charged with molesting a teen, the other with covering up such alleged crimes.

    Monsignor William Lynn is charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for his handling of priest-abuse complaints in Philadelphia.

    Lynn argues he did his best to get troubled priests evaluated and treated. He says only the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua could remove them.


    Lynn’s co-defendant, the Rev. James Brennan, is charged with molesting a teen in 1996. His lawyer has attacked the credibility of the accuser, given convictions for theft and lying to police.

    Jurors got the case Friday and have asked to review Lynn’s 1994 list of accused predator-priests — a list that went missing at the archdiocese until this year.

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