Philadelphia's Roman Catholic archbishop is defending his decision to use church funds to post bail for a priest who won an appeal of his landmark conviction.
Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP'-yoo) said in a Friday letter that helping Monsignor William Lynn with bail was "both reasonable and just."
He says the money wasn't taken from parish, school or ministry resources.
The letter follows Lynn's release from custody after being fitted with an electronic monitoring device.
had charged Lynn with child endangerment for his handling of complaints
about priest abuse. A state appeals court says the law was misapplied.
says the court's decision wasn't a matter of technicalities but "of
He says the bail decision doesn't diminish his
determination to prevent sexual abuse.
Lynn was jailed for 18 months.