Fr. Harry J. Byrne

Ordained: 1945
Status: Indicted

Died: 05/28/2020
Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Monsignor. Archdiocesan chancellor 1968-70, canon lawyer, longtime parish pastor. Known for activism around affordable housing and outspokenness regarding church and other issues. Living at St. John Vianney Center for Retired Priests in the Bronx when arrested in 10/17, at age 96, on child porn possession charges. Per the D.A., there were “dozens of photographs on his computer of girls 8 to 14 years old performing sex acts with men or posing naked.” Reportedly a judge determined that Byrne was unable to participate in his own defense, and the case could not continue. Byrne died in 5/20.

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