RELIGION

Ex-church official due in court as lawyers plan for retrial

  • FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, Monsignor William Lynn leaves a bail hearing at the Center for Criminal Justice in Philadelphia. Lynn, long imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints, is due back in court Tuesday, March 28, 2017, as lawyers debate how many church abuse victims should testify at his retrial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, Monsignor William Lynn leaves a bail hearing at the Center for Criminal Justice in Philadelphia. Lynn, long imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints, is due back in court Tuesday, March 28, 2017, as lawyers debate how many church abuse victims should testify at his retrial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Monsignor William Lynn arrives for a preliminary hearing in his retrial of his child endangerment case at the Center for Criminal Justice, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017.  Lynn is being retried after serving nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence in a child endangerment case.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Monsignor William Lynn arrives for a preliminary hearing in his retrial of his child endangerment case at the Center for Criminal Justice, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Lynn is being retried after serving nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence in a child endangerment case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • Monsignor William Lynn arrives for a preliminary hearing in his retrial of his child endangerment case at the Center for Criminal Justice, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Lynn is being retried after serving nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence in a child endangerment case.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Monsignor William Lynn arrives for a preliminary hearing in his retrial of his child endangerment case at the Center for Criminal Justice, in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Lynn is being retried after serving nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence in a child endangerment case. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

A longtime Philadelphia church official is due back in court as lawyers debate how many church abuse victims should testify at his retrial.

Monsignor William Lynn is being retried after serving nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence in a child endangerment case.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the conviction over weeks of testimony from priest abuse victims not directly tied to his case.

The new trial judge will ask prosecutors Tuesday to call fewer than a dozen victims, down from 23 at the first trial.

Lynn is accused of endangering an altar boy who says he was assaulted by a priest in 1998.

Prosecutors say Lynn helped the archdiocese transfer problem priests without warning.

Lynn says he did what he could to address the problem.