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  • Monsignor William Lynn walks to the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia on Friday, June 22, 2012, before the reading of the verdict in his trial on charges of conspiracy and child endangerment. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Pa. priest's case points up conscience vs. obedience

    Mild-mannered Bill Lynn proved a loyal, likable colleague as he climbed the ranks of the powerful Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. A jury on Friday found the meek monsignor too loyal for his own good, convicting him of a felony for refusing to challenge his cardinal and stop the cover-up of child sex abuse by priests.

  • Monsignor William Lynn walks June 20, 2012, to the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. ever charged with child endangerment, for allegedly keeping co-defendants former priest Edward V. Avery and the Rev. James J. Brennan, and other accused predators, in ministry. (Associated Press)

    Monsignor in Pa. convicted for covering up abuse claims

    Monsignor William Lynn helped the Archdiocese of Philadelphia keep predator-priests in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors argued in a landmark clergy-abuse trial.

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