MONSIGNOR William Lynn has not been released from state prison in northeastern Pennsylvania yet, but life is looking rosier for him in the new year.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on New Year's Eve posted $25,000, or 10 percent of his $250,000 bail, enough to free him.
But Lynn, the Archdiocese's former secretary for clergy, still needs to have his electronic-monitoring system set up and may not be freed "until the end of the week or next week," his attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said yesterday.
The holiday meant "no one's working," Bergstrom said, so Lynn, who is at the State Correctional Institution at Waymart in Wayne County, will have to wait.
Lynn could be back in Philadelphia in time for his 63rd birthday on Sunday. Bergstrom said Lynn will stay in the city when he is hooked up with an electronic-monitoring ankle bracelet, but would not say specifically where Lynn will live.
At a news conference Tuesday night, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said he found it "disgusting that [the Archdiocese] would pay to free this man," the Inquirer reported. Williams, a Catholic and former altar boy, also said he was "shocked and overwhelmed" that the Archdiocese has closed churches and schools, but nonetheless has money for Lynn.
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Reminds this writer of the soiree held at St. Helena’s in Blue Bell in October 2011:
During the invitation-only dinner for Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at a parish hall in Montgomery County, Chaput singled out Lynn in the crowd and noted how difficult the ordeal has been for him, according to one priest who attended and two people briefed by others at the gala.
Much of the audience, which included hundreds of priests, then stood and applauded, said the sources, who asked not to be identified.
Look out for a similar back-slapping, hand-shaking celebration in the near future at a parish in the archdiocese welcoming back Msgr. Lynn and congratulating him on his courage and strength. Not to worry, I can guarantee that public notice to the press and media will most assuredly be made by the public affairs office down there at the castle on 17th St. regarding such an event.
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