Church lawyer: Philly cardinal, aides lied to me

Monsignor William Lynn, the Secretary for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

May 14, 2012 11:37:35 AM PDT
A longtime Archdiocese of Philadelphia lawyer says a Roman Catholic cardinal and his top aides lied about a key piece of evidence in the clergy-abuse scandal.

Lawyer Tim Coyne says they never told him they had shredded a 1994 list of 35 accused priests still on duty.

Prosecutors wanted the list in 2004 for a grand jury investigation.

Coyne says he doesn't remember getting any response from the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. And he says the aides denied knowing where it was.

A copy was found early this year - days after Bevilacqua died. Another memo states Bevilacqua ordered his aides to shred the list in 1994, after Monsignor William Lynn prepared it.

Lynn, the former secretary for clergy, is charged with child endangerment for allegedly keeping predators in ministry.