Accused of what? You know what. The watchdog group Bishop Accountability, according to NBC10, has uploaded 195 pages of documents regarding the case of Edward Avery. Many of the accusations against Avery came out in last year’s trial of Msgr. William J. Lynn, and a novel’s worth are now available for your perusal.
On top of the Avery files, BA has a searchable database of all publicly accused priests in the U.S., and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia‘s page has 132 separate entries. Great. For their part, BA says, “The Database of Publicly Accused Priests does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations.” In addition, in a sentiment that must be expressed, BA says:
Reading these documents will be difficult, but you will gain from the experience a deep understanding of the culture within which the abuse was done and kept secret. You will emerge with a haunting sense of the harm for which the abusers and enablers are responsible, and the courage of the survivors and their families and loved ones.”
It’s a time killer for sure, but not one you’ll be happy sifting though.