POLITICAL observations & opinions

* UPDATED 2/1/12 Bevilacqua dies … UPDATED 1/31/12 … Bevilacqua is ruled “competent to testify” … he is the one who should be held to account … he is the “enabler” who allowed his priests to ruin the lives of countless children

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 31, 2012

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UPDATE … TOO LATE TO TESTIFY NOW

Retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died Tuesday night (1/31/12) at his suburban residence. 

How convenient !!!

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Cardinal Bevilacqua ... he is the one who should be held to account ... he is the "enabler" who allowed his priests to ruin the lives of countless children

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UPDATE 1/31/12

Lawyers in the Philadelphia Archdiocese child sexual abuse case faced off in court Monday.

The Judge upheld her previous ruling that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua is competent to be a witness.

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/33308

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/philly-judge-finds-church-cardinal-competent-15472883#.Tygu1lxSS6o

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UPDATE 1/25/12

  • City prosecutors want to include accusations against dozens of priests when Monsignor William Lynn stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges in March. Most of the cases stem from a 2005 grand jury report that blasted church officials for keeping 63 problem priests on the job — but yielded no criminal charges.
  • Now, prosecutors are pushing to include about 30 of those cases in Lynn’s trial. Lynn served as secretary of clergy for the archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.
  • Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Lynn kept priests in ministry and around children despite explosive allegations in secret church files. Those files are now in prosecutors’ hands — and some of them are being aired in court.

Defense lawyers argued Tuesday that Lynn took orders

from Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and several bishops

above him in the church hierarchy. 

  • They said prosecutors should have indicted the archdiocese and others if they wanted to attempt a broad conspiracy case.

read the entire article at … http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/24/philly-judge-weighs-church-sex-abuse-evidence/

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LMW COMMENT …

I couldn’t agree more with the defense attorneys. Indict the whole rotten bunch of them, starting with the Cardinal and including every single person in the hierarchy who kept transferring priests and giving them access to new victims.

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the Associated Press reports (1/23/12) …

  • Prosecutors on Monday accused the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of being an “unindicted co-conspirator” in a clergy sex abuse case and said the Roman Catholic Church fed predators a steady supply of children.
  • The comments came in a key hearing before the March trial of a high-ranking church official, a priest and a former priest.
  • Monsignor William Lynn, 61, is charged with conspiring with priests and church officials to keep priests accused of sex abuse in ministry and parishioners in the dark.
  • Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti compared the accused priests to live bombs that Lynn left in a room without defusing.
  • “You’re (still) on the hook” if the bomb later explodes, Cipolletti argued.
  • Lynn faces up to 28 years in prison if convicted. The archdiocese is paying his legal fees.

read the entire article at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/prosecutors-philly-archdiocese-is-unindicted-co-conspirator-in-clergy-sex-abuse-case/2012/01/23/gIQAbqvRLQ_story.html

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LMW COMMENT …

  • This is the most important case in the entire Catholic Church sexual abuse matter.
  • It is the only case that goes after the managers of the church – the monsignors, bishops and cardinals – who are the truly guilty as enablers of sexual attacks on children and in covering up the horrible acts of the priests within their jurisdiction.
  • If this case succeeds, the rest of the Catholic hierarchy will be at immediate risk.
  • If prosecutors have the courage to put the bishops and cardinals in jail, and this problem will be well on its way to being solved.
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