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Chaplain Removed Pending Investigation

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Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014

Updated: Sunday, February 9, 2014 15:02

    On Wednesday, January 29, Father Boroughs informed the campus community in a mass email that a complaint had been filed against Rev. Gregory Lynch, S.J. regarding an allegation of adult sexual misconduct. Lynch is no longer at the College, having been removed “from his public ministry and his assignment at Holy Cross, pending the outcome of this matter,” according to Father Boroughs’ email.

   The announcement warned that Lynch’s removal “does not represent a determination of Fr. Lynch’s guilt or innocence.” It also stated that the complaint in question did not occur at Holy Cross nor involve a student from the College.

   Lynch was ordained a Jesuit priest in 2003. Prior to joining the Chaplains’ Office at Holy Cross, he worked as a history teacher and swimming coach at Creighton Preparatory in Omaha, Nebraska. While at the College, Lynch served as the Assistant Chaplain and Director of Service and Social Justice Programs. Under this title, Lynch served as faculty advisor to Student Programs for Urban Development, helped with the Spiritual Exercises retreat program, and acted as moderator of Pax Christi, among other duties.

   Marybeth Kearns-Barrett, Director of the Office of the College Chaplains, responded to Lynch’s absence, “Most of Father Lynch’s responsibilities have been assumed by all of the other chaplains pitching in generously where they are needed. Members of the Jesuit community on campus are also helping out with some of the sacramental responsibilities.”

   The Crusader will continue coverage of this story as more details become available.

          
          
 

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5 comments

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Fri Feb 21 2014 16:20
This does not surprise me at all. Through my four year at HC Fr Lynch struck me as being very disingenuous. He was passive-aggressive toward students with whom he disagreed, and didn't seem to have any joy in being a priest specifically.
Anonymous
Fri Feb 14 2014 23:13
Far from the first Holy Cross faculty sexual predator. I encountered two of them, and heard of a third. All lay faculty.

The Jesuits have hidden a great deal. Most of you have never heard of Fr. Michael Gareffa and why he was quietly and quickly dismissed Holy Cross. We also haven't heard the full story of why Fr. Gerry Reedy left. I've heard of inappropriate relationships with at least one student.

Who at the Crusader is up for digging up the truth?

Anonymous
Mon Feb 10 2014 17:37
In any setting where there is an inherent power imbalance between clergy-church members. It is much like a teacher-student, or doctor-patient, or therapist-client relationship, where any sexual contact is expressly forbidden. And for good reason: because it almost always results in devastation with individuals and the families.

It takes a lot of courage to come forward about being sexually abused. Let's hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Gregory Lynch, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened.
Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
Judy Jones, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

Anonymous
Mon Feb 10 2014 14:45
Fr. Daniel Millard sexually abused at least one of his nieces in NJ and there is a building named after him on the Holy Cross campus. Patricia Cahill's attempts to get her uncle's name removed from the Fine Arts building have been ignored. Perhaps Fr. Lynch's removal will entice the Holy Cross community to do the right thing and change the name of the Fine Arts building on campus.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery, Inc.(serving clergy sexual abuse victims and their families)
Livingston, NJ 07039
862-368-2800

Anonymous
Mon Feb 10 2014 14:03
Some of the rumors are that Father Lynch was removed because he was found responding to ads on Craigslists. To be more specific, he was found on the men2men part of the site.




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