Lynn's lawyers had argued instead for house arrest, claiming that a prison sentence would constitute "cruel and unusual" punishment. But what of the cruel and unusual treatment of the children whose abuse was enabled by Lynn's own actions?
According to the Associated Press, "Lynn was the first U.S. church official convicted for his handling of abuse claims in the sex scandal that's rocked the Catholic church for more than a decade."
I hope he won't be the last.
But it's not easy, especially since these kinds of cover-ups go all the way to the top - even to the pope himself.
Within the Catholic Church (like Penn State), protecting our children takes a back seat to protecting the reputation of the institution.
What would Jesus think?!