Fr. Bernard J. Lynch

Order: SMA
Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Lynch and Marist Bro.Timothy Brady were accused in 1987 of abuse of boys at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx. Lynch was the school’s chaplain, Brady was acting principal. Lynch returned to Ireland when the investigation began. Indicted in 1988. Brady was convicted. Lynch was tried in 1989 on charges he fondled one former Mount St. Michael’s student; Lynch’s lawyer said it was the boy who made a pass at the priest. Lynch claimed he was subject of witch-hunt because of his AIDS ministry. Found not guilty. Moved to London in 1992; started ministry for closeted gay priests. Order expelled him in 11/11. Not laicized. Lynch announced in 2012 memoir he married a man 14 years earlier. In 2017 working as counselor and spiritual director in London. Lawsuit 11/19 claiming abuse of another boy, age 16, in the Bronx 1978-79. Reportedly in 9/21 the lawsuit was dropped.

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