Former Archbishop Harry Flynn dies at 86

Star Tribune

Sept. 23, 2019

By Patrick Condon

Former Archbishop Harry Flynn, who led the largest Catholic diocese in Minnesota for over a dozen years, has died.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reported that Flynn died Sunday night. He was 86 years old.

Flynn, who served as archbishop in the Twin Cities from 1995 to 2008, led a 2002 task force of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that looked into the clergy sexual abuse crisis that had been sweeping through Catholic churches across the country. Some advocates for survivors of clergy abuse later criticized him for not doing enough to root out problem priests.

A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Flynn was ordained a Catholic priest in Albany. He served in Maryland before becoming bishop of Lafayette, La.

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