By Murray Weiss, DNAinfo.com June 21, 2012
BROOKLYN — Four men were arrested Thursday morning for allegedly offering a $500,000 bribe to a sexually abused teenager to get her to drop charges against a popular Orthodox community counselor who is presently on trial in Brooklyn.
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Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, shown in
this Dec. 2, 2000, file photo taken in Philadelphia
Bevilacqua Leaves Sad, Mixed Legacy Amid Sex Abuse
By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press PHILADELPHIA February 2, 2012 (AP)
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua's death may not greatly alter the March trial of an aide charged with child endangerment for allegedly keeping predator-priests around children.
Bevilacqua's testimony was preserved on videotape late last year, since he was 88 and ailing. And though a judge found him competent to testify, his dementia would have been evident on the witness stand, lawyers said.
Still, his 10 combative appearances before a Philadelphia grand jury in 2003 and 2004 exposed church secrets about 63 accused priests that ultimately rocked the Roman Catholic hierarchy — and the cardinal himself, who grew reclusive in retirement.
Philadelphia priests raped boys in church sacristies, stripped them nude and whipped them as part of a Passion Play, got them drunk and showed them pornography — and remained on the job, the 2005 grand jury report said. READ MORE