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Restating the Obvious
March 4, 2011 - Harry Eagar
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For the first time, at least in the United States, a Roman Catholic priest above the rank of parish priest has been indicted for encouraging child rape. Prosecutors are growing a spine in Philadelphia, very slowly.
The New York Times reported three weeks ago that a grand jury that indicted several priests for rape wanted to indict a cardinal:

"The 124-page report, which contains graphic descriptions of abuse of the 9- and 10-year-old boys, said the grand jury decided 'reluctantly' not to press charges against Cardinal Bevilacqua, who stepped down in 2003 after 15 years as archbishop, even though he worked closely with Monsignor Lynn, because it did not have enough evidence."

Lynn is the first higher-up (but not that high) to be indicted.

That was three weeks ago. At the time, the current cardinal assured everybody that no priest-rapists were active in the parishes. Oops.

Today's story changes that.

Authoritarian, unaccountable systems yield results like that. People see that in Libya. When the same thing operates in Rome or Philadelphia, they find reasons not to see it.

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