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For First Time, Church Official Charged with Sex Abuse Cover-up

Earlier this month, a grand jury reported the Archdiocese of Philadelphia grossly mishandled clergy sexual abuse cases. Thirty-seven priests still in ministry were implicated. To-date, five have been charged with crimes. Monsignor William Lynn, former head of the archdiocese's Office of Clergy, was charged with child endangerment, believed to be the first time a church official has been charged with covering up sexual abuse by priests. Three priests and a lay teacher have been charged with rape and related crimes. The media repeatedly reported on the situation. We cited several stories in In the Vineyard: Archdiocese faces new suit alleging abuse cover-up, Why 37 accused priests are still serving, Philadelphia church official charged in scandal, Philadelphia priests accused by grand jury of sexual abuse and cover-up. The situation also has raised concerns about the archdiocese's potential lack of compliance with the U.S. bishop's Dallas Charter on handling of clergy sexual abuse. Amid all this, we thought you would like to read the actual report of the grand jury.