This job of being a priest?
Oh, that's right saying you are gay or saying the government shouldn't abuse its citizens (can also get you killed).
But not this apparently:
In a three-minute statement before sentencing, Monsignor Lynn, dressed in a black clerical shirt and white collar, said: “I have been a priest for 36 years, and I have done the best I can. I have always tried to help people.”
Turning toward relatives of an abuse victim in the courtroom, he said, “I hope someday that you will accept my apology.”
But he did not comment on the broader accusations that he put children at risk by repeatedly protecting “monsters in clerical garb,” as Judge Sarmina described it at the hearing. ...
But he is still a priest.
And no wonder:
In a statement Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said that its procedures for protecting children had improved significantly since “the events some 10 years ago that were at the center of this trial.”
It acknowledged “legitimate anger in the broad community toward any incident or enabling of sexual abuse.” But it also described the sentence as overly harsh, saying “fair-minded people will question the severity.”
The Bishop made me do it.
Lynn will likely be out on parole in two to three years. The archbishop that implemented these policies, however ad hoc they were, is still walking around free.
For the Archdiocese to be whining about the "severe" sentence is pretty much proof that the Catholic Church is still deeply in denial about its institutional role in this giant debacle.
I guess I'm not fair minded, I think the death penalty would be appropriate.
i am so glad i am not catholic.
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