PA archdiocese posts bail for priest in child abuse cover up

A church official who recently won an appeal of his conviction in the priest-abuse scandal was released from custody on Friday, and Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic archbishop defended the decision to use church funds to help with the bail. The official, Msgr. William J. Lynn, was at an undisclosed location after being fitted with an electronic monitoring device, his lawyer said. He was due in court Monday for a bail hearing. Monsignor Lynn is the first American church official to have been charged for hiding complaints that priests were molesting children. District Attorney Seth Williams said he would appeal the reversal of the conviction, and criticized the archdiocese for helping post bail.

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