Guilty! Jury convicts priest in kiddie-rape coverup

For the first time in the United States, prosecutors have charged not just the Catholic kiddie-rapist, but someone involved in covering up the vile deeds . . . And the result?

A felony conviction for conspirator Monsignor William Lynn.

CNN reports:

Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric accused of imperiling children by helping cover up sexual abuse, was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment.

He was found not guilty on a second count of endangerment and a conspiracy charge to protect a priest accused of abuse.The jury was unable to bring a verdict against his co-defendant, the Rev. James Brennan, who was charged with attempted rape of a 14-year-old altar boy and endangering the welfare of a child.

The trial marked the first time U.S. prosecutors charged not just priests who allegedly committed abuses but church leaders for failing to stop them.

Lynn was taken into custody after Friday’s verdict, when the judge revoked his bail. He is set to be sentenced August 13, court officials said, and could face up to seven years in prison for his conviction on a third-degree felony.

More than 60 witnesses testified in the trial, which ran for over a month.

Does this mean the “healing will begin”? Perhaps for the victims in this particular case; more importantly, it signifies to the Vatican that their decades of shuffling pedophiles from parish to parish are coming to an end, and that the shufflers will also be held accountable.

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