Blogger Kristen Byrne is in the courtroom at the Philadelphia Archdiocese priest-abuse trial. Here is a recap of events so far.
After a slew of tearful testimonies last week, the third week of the Philadelphia Archdiocese priest sex-abuse trial resumed with accounts from a victim and a nun.
Continuing the prosecution's methodological demonstration of a corrupt priesthood, a victim of Rev. Edward DePaoli testified that she was fondled on the day of her confirmation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Doylestown around 1968. She said she jabbed DePaoli with her elbow to stop him, and ran off.
"I was shocked. I was 12-years-old; no one had ever touched me before," she said.
In 2002, the victim met with Monsignor William Lynn to discuss her incident with DePaoli. She said Lynn did not seem empathetic to her situation.
Upon cross-examination, the defense outlined and confirmed with the victim that Lynn took the proper steps in reporting her abuse. This included calling the police and offering counseling.
Sister Joan Scary testified Monday and claimed she was fired for reporting DePaoli. Scary said she sent a note with a men's magazine, that was addressed to DePaoli, to Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. In her note, she questioned whether the material was appropriate for a priest to be reading. Scary later lost her job at St. Gabriel's Parish in Stowe.
According to Scary, DePaoli was placed at St. Gabriel's in 1995. Prior to his placement, he was found guilty in 1986 for buying child pornography and receiving it through the mail. DePaoli was later defrocked in 2005.
Although Scary made a report to Bevilacqua she never heard from the Archdiocese concerning DePaoli.
Lynn is the first church official in the U.S. to be charged with conspiracy of endangering the welfare of children.
Last week, the jury listened to grueling details from the victim whom defendant Rev. James Brennan allegedly assaulted. Brennan is on trial, with Lynn, for attempted rape and the conspiracy of endangering the welfare of a child. Both men have pleaded not guilty.