New Pa. archbishop: Don't make msgr. 'a scapegoat'

PHILADELPHIA - September 7, 2011

Monsignor William Lynn is the first Roman Catholic church official in the U.S. facing criminal charges for how he handled priest-abuse complaints. He is charged with child endangerment.

Archbishop Charles Chaput (chap-YEW') tells The Associated Press that anger over the crisis shouldn't drive the case against Lynn.

Both prosecutors and defense lawyers have said Lynn was taking orders from Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. But prosecutors have said they lack evidence to charge the retired cardinal.

The ailing, 88-year-old Bevilacqua was expected in court Monday for a witness competency hearing. The date has been moved to Oct. 19. It's not clear if he will have to attend.

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