Prosecutor: Monsignor stuck to church 'game plan'

MARYCLAIRE DALE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A prosecutor says a Roman Catholic church official kept to "the game plan" at the Philadelphia archdiocese, keeping pedophile priests in ministry and the public in the dark about child sexual abuse.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington says Monsignor William Lynn could have called police or quit his job as secretary for clergy.

But he says Lynn cared more about keeping his job near the cardinal than protecting children.

Blessington's closing arguments are under way in Lynn's groundbreaking case.

Lynn is the first U.S. church official charged for his handling of abuse complaints. He faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and child endangerment.

Defense lawyers argue that only the cardinal could remove dangerous priests.

Lynn says he did the best he could to help victims.