Priest abuse trial set to resume in Philadelphia

    A landmark church sex abuse trial is set to resume in Philadelphia.

    Last week’s testimony featured two days of confrontational exchanges between a defense attorney and the lone alleged victim of one of the defendants, the Rev. James Brennan.

    Brennan is on trial with Monsignor William Lynn, the first Roman Catholic official in the U.S. charged with child endangerment for allegedly transferring predator priests into unwitting parishes.

    Prior to the alleged victim’s testimony, a series of witnesses alleged being abused by other priests as prosecutors attempted to build their case against Lynn, who was secretary of clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004.

    Both men deny the allegations against them. Lynn says his efforts to investigate reports of abuse were thwarted by officials above him.

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