PHILADELPHIA, PA. (CNN) – Philadelphia’s district attorney calls the conviction of a high-ranking Catholic priest “historic.” Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty of endangering children, by covering up sexual abuse in the Church.
Lynn’s lawyers say he reported the accusations to his superiors.
District Attorney Seth Williams says the verdict does not undo the abuse the victims endured at the hands of clergy members.
This trial was historic. Monsignor Lynn is the first member of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy convicted of endangering children that he did not personally assault. However, there is no verdict that can fix the harm done to the victims of adult predators in the church. There is no apology that can heal the wounds these children suffered. There are no words to truly express how sorry we should all be for what happened to them.
Lynn was acquitted of a conspiracy charge, and another child endangerment charge. His sentencing is scheduled for August 13.
The jury could not reach a verdict on Lynn’s co-defendant, the Reverend James Brennan.
Prosecutors had charged him with child endangerment and attempting to rape a 14-year-old altar boy.