The word out of Philadelphia–not good, as most of you readers know. Rock has the front row seat to this spectacle, and I’m sure, stories full of anguish (like this one) because of that.
Keep in mind that this isn’t last week’s misbehavior or last month’s felony. What is discouraging for many of us is that the cover-up scandals keep coming. Clearly, these bishops and priests in positions of authority didn’t get Vatican II, let alone the Gospel.
A respected pastor gets charged, and I suppose I’m surprised because he’s the first high-profile arrest on the cover-up front.
Five years ago, Lynn addressed his congregation directly after a grand-jury report issued back then blasted him for shuffling predator priests during his time in the administrative offices, from 1992 to 2004, when he was transferred to St. Joseph Church.
He would “never put a child in harm’s way,” Lynn told parishioners then. And they stood and applauded him.
Is that a real quote? An accurate one? A “Secretary for Clergy” doesn’t move children; he moves priests. Clearly, putting a sheep in a pen of wolves is one thing. Putting a wolf among sheep: well, technically, that’s not putting an innocent in harm’s way. It’s putting harm in an innocent’s way.
I would assume Msgr Lynn is not an evil man. That said, assuming the man is found guilty, what would a restorative justice approach look like in this instance? Will it do anyone any good to jail a priest like Msgr Lynn?