POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the Philadelphia archdiocese will pay legal fees for the monsignor accused of covering up sexual abuse but not for priests accused of committing such abuse … the church, as always, cares more about its own exalted and corrupt hierarchy than it does about the abuse of its innocent children … yet it is the cover-up which has allowed such heinous behavior to flourish for decades within the walls of Catholic institutions

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 15, 2011

Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali

Katharine Seelye writes in the NYT (3/14/11) …

  • Four Roman Catholic priests and a Catholic school teacher appeared in court here Monday in the first of what will most likely be several legal skirmishes over whether they will face trial on charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of minors.
  • Rev. James Brennan,  who is accused of raping a boy in the 1990s, drew the ire of the judge when he and his lawyer said that they had expected the Philadelphia Archdiocese to pay his legal fees if he were acquitted.
  • Judge Hughes said that if the archdiocese were paying only if he were acquitted, he might not act in his own best interest … such an arrangement would give him a disincentive to negotiate with the prosecutors, because his legal bills would not be paid “if you speak against the archdiocese.”
  • The issue of the payments for Mr. Brennan became muddled after the court session, when a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said it was not paying Mr. Brennan’s legal bills and had made no such arrangement.
  • The archdiocese is, however, paying for all of the legal bills for another defendant, Msgr. William J. Lynn, the highest church official in the country to face charges of endangering the welfare of children. The fees will be paid regardless of the outcome of Monsignor Lynn’s case, according to his lawyers and the archdiocese.
  • Jeffrey Lindy, one of Monsignor Lynn’s lawyers, said, “It would be highly unusual for the archdiocese not to pay,” noting that the monsignor was not charged with abusing minors but with covering up such abuse.

read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/us/15priests.html

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