Fr. Joseph F. Byrne

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston MA

Received probation in 2005 for theft of parish funds. Lived at St. Patrick’s in Falmouth MA (Fall River diocese), helping as a fill-in priest in retirement. Removed in 5/12 after accusation he sexually abused a child in the early 1970s. Reinstated 5/23/13 after Review Board found the allegation unsubstantiated. No charges by DA’s office due to the statute of limitations. Removed in 2/14 after a second allegation of child sexual abuse, occurring in the early 1970s. Died 6/18/14. Included on Attorney Garabedian’s list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Included on the Fall River Diocese’s list in 1/21.


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