But it was inevitable there would be links to the state's largest city and its only Roman Catholic archdiocese. Some priests accused in the report had postings in the region during their careers. Some victims said they were abused here. And two towering figures in the history of the Philadelphia Archdiocese — the late Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua and his former aide Bishop Edward Cullen — played significant leadership roles in two of the dioceses investigated, either before or after they came to Philadelphia.
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In largest reported payout yet, Philadelphia Archdiocese settles abuse lawsuit
Clergy sex-abuse report: These 9 accused priests had postings around Philly
Brennan, molested him for four years, starting when he was 11, while Brennan served at Resurrection of Our Lord parish. While the payment amount is secret, the family's lawyers say they understand it to be the largest yet paid by the archdiocese in an abuse case. It is only the sixth known sex-abuse settlement by the archdiocese — a remarkable fact given how extensive the priest abuse scandal proved to be here. The archdiocese has been the subject of two scathing grand jury reports that said its leaders had "enabled and excused" abuse by scores of priests for decades. Elsewhere, some dioceses have faced myriad lawsuits with hundreds of millions of dollars in play.
Status of Clergy
The Philadelphia abuses were substantially revealed through a grand jury investigation in In early , a new grand jury reported extensive new charges of abusive priests active in the archdiocese. In , a guilty plea by priest Edward Avery and the related trial and conviction of Monsignor William Lynn and mistrial on charges against Rev. James J. Brennan followed from the grand jury's investigations.