Posted: Tue, May. 8, 2012, 1:26 PM
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia prosecutors hope to take testimony from two cloistered nuns as they pursue a child-endangerment case against a Roman Catholic church official.
They say Monsignor William Lynn lied when he told a man that the nuns were keeping an eye on his alleged priest-rapist in 1997.
The priest had been sent to their monastery after sex-offender treatment. Prosecutors say he was soon saying Mass , and working with altar boys , nearby.
Lynn’s lawyers object to the nuns’ depositions, calling the subject “far afield” of the charges against Lynn.
The charges against Lynn pertain to only two priests charged with rape. But Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina is letting jurors hear how Lynn handled complaints against 20 other priests.
Sarmina has not ruled on the nuns’ depositions.