Fr. Linus Hennessy

Ordained: 1949
Status: Sued

Died: 05/9/1983
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Born Michael P. 6/28/1918 in Ireland and ordained there. Taught at St. Bernardine College in England until 1951, then retreat ministry in Australia. First indexed in1955 US.Official Catholic Directory, so may have arrived in U.S. (Buffalo NY) 1954. Had radio ministry, “Comfort My People” on Christian Broadcasting Network per 1979 news article. Accused publicly in 2015 of sex abuse of boy for five years, beginning 1973 when boy was age 10. Abuse said to have included oral sex, masturbation and attempted intercourse. Accuser said Hennessy was father figure who stepped in to help his single mom with her three children. Reportedly lawsuit v Buffalo diocese rejected due to SOL and man rejected 50k settlement offer. Accuser asked Pope Francis to investigate his case. Hennessy died 5/9/83 in Buffalo. Suit filed 8/19 under Child Victims Act. Included in 10/21 on the Holy Name Province Franciscans’ list of those against whom there are substantiated allegations.


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