Even though Msgr. Lynn was a Church chancery office official who had no direct contact with children whatsoever, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams had charged Lynn in 2011 under a law that even his prejudiced predecessor (Lynne Abraham) did not believe applied to Lynn. Williams claimed that Lynn was somehow a "supervisor of children" who "endangered the welfare of children" whom he did not know even existed. [More background.]
The 21st century lions' den
Following the shocking reversal of the Superior Court's unanimous ruling that Lynn had been wrongly charged, Msgr. Lynn went back on May 1 to the very courtroom to face the bigoted Judge Teresa Sarmina, the very judge who presided at his original one-sided show trial where Sarmina was "often mistaken for a member of the prosecution team."
And while Lynn's family has always faithfully stood by the wrongly convicted priest, it did not bother to attend Sarmina's hearing which would order Lynn back to prison.
As veteran journalist Ralph Cipriano has exclusively reported, Lynn's family already knew what the outcome of the one-sided hearing would be, and it released the following statement to Cipriano:
"We, the family of Msgr. Lynn, chose to forgo the proceedings as we were confident of what the outcome would be, considering that the judge involved has acted as a member of the prosecution team since the inception of the trial. We could also not bear the erroneous ramblings of the prosecutor once more.
"We also know that Msgr. is secure in the love and support from family and so many others so our physical presence was unnecessary. Those who know him know what a good, compassionate and unequivocally faithful man he is.
"We firmly believe that abuse of a child by any individual should not be tolerated. Sadly this trial was not about justice for victims but about establishing political platforms by charging an underling with the crimes of his former superiors who could not or would not be prosecuted."
(By the way, the prosecutor of the "erroneous ramblings" to which the Lynn family referred is the wild-eyed and unhinged Assistant D.A. Patrick Blessington, who, by the way, was recently tied up in a scandal involving pornographic emails on government computers.)
Many who have followed the clergy abuse cases in Philadelphia from the beginning have known for a long time that the high-profile cases there have had absolutely nothing to do with protecting children and everything to do with grabbing headlines, advancing careers, and bludgeoning the Church for what it is.
Kudos to the Lynn family for speaking truth to justice, something which Msgr. Lynn never received.