11 jurors seated for Philly priest abuse trial

February 28, 2012 - 5:55 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eleven jurors have been chosen so far to hear a landmark priest abuse case in Philadelphia.

The trial is expected to reveal the inner workings of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Prosecutors say two cardinals and others protected predator-priests to save the archdiocese's reputation — and finances. But only one church official is on trial.

Monsignor William Lynn is accused of endangering children as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004. The 61-year-old Lynn has pleaded not guilty and blames the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (beh-vih-LAH'-kwah) for hiding the problem.

The Rev. James Brennan and defrocked priest Edward Avery are also on trial, charged with rape.

The final juror is expected to be seated Wednesday. Ten alternates will also be selected because the trial is expected to last four months.