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High-profile Catholic leaders convicted of abuse

It has been a rough few years for the Catholic Church. 2018 was called the worst year for the Catholic Church since the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Last August, a grand jury report was released naming more than 300 predator priests in Pennsylvania. And the Pope recently acknowledged the widespread abuse of nuns within the church.

Sexual abuse has rocked the Catholic Church, and it’s not just priests who are being convicted. Several senior officials within the church have been accused and convicted of both initiating abuse and covering it up. A USA Today article detailed 5 Catholic leaders involved in the abuse:

George Pell

The third most powerful official in the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell, was recently convicted of child molestation. The abuse took place in 1996 and involved two choir boys.

Monsignor William Lynn

Monsignor William Lynn, former supervisor in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, served 33 months in prison for his involvement in covering up clergy sexual abuse. He is awaiting a retrial which is expected to take place in 2019.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

McCarrick, former cardinal and archbishop of Washington D.C., was found guilty of abusing both minors and adults in the seminary, and was subsequently defrocked – something that had never happened in the United States before.

Cardinal Bernard Law

Law, former archbishop of Boston, resigned after news broke of widespread clergy sexual abuse in his archdiocese. He died in 2017.

Andre Fort

Andre Fort, former bishop in Orleans, France, was convicted of covering up abuse by a priest, Pierre de Castelet. Fort was sentenced to eight months in prison, and de Castelet was sentenced to two years in prison.

It’s not just priests who are involved in the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. The web of lies, deceit, and cover-ups involves men of all positions and rankings within the church.

As more light is shined on these dark corners of the Catholic Church, more survivors are speaking out and learning about their legal options.

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