Philadelphia Archdiocese puts pastor charged in abuse case on leave

The Philadelphia Inquirer/February 21, 2011

Msgr. William Lynn, the pastor of St. Joseph Church in Downingtown, was put on administrative leave Friday, more than a week after he was accused of "purposely" shielding abusive priests and endangering children in the late 1990s, the Philadelphia Archdiocese announced Sunday.

With his arrest Feb. 10, Lynn became the first Roman Catholic Church supervisor nationwide to be charged with covering up the sexual abuse of minors, authorities said.

According to a scathing grand jury report, Lynn, as secretary of clergy for the archdiocese, concealed the crimes of accused priests and put them in positions in which they could harm more children.

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