Two jurors have been dismissed just one week into the landmark priest-abuse trial underway in Philadelphia.
It’s not clear why the pair were removed before the trial resumed Monday, but two of eight alternates replaced them.
Monsignor William Lynn’s child endangerment and conspiracy trial could last three months or more.
The 61-year-old Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. charged for his handling of priest-abuse complaints. Prosecutors say he helped the church bury them in secret files.
Lynn’s lawyers say he tried to address it as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, but was blocked by the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.
The testimony Monday includes a 1992 complaint about a priest who allegedly molested boys at a church-owned camp in the early 1960s.