Fr. John Lennon

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Diocese:  Archdiocese of New York

Notes:  Removed 2002 from position at St. John the Baptist Church after accusations of abuse of one youth in 1970s when he was teacher and administrator at Cardinal Hayes H.S. in the Bronx. He denied allegations. Allegations first surfaced in 1997 and diocese cleared him after investigation. Never told accuser. After 2002 removal, he was told he would never return to active assignments. Laicized by Vatican per 4/08 quiet announce in Catholic New York. Died 12/16/12. Obituary referred to him as Rev. Lennon.

Sources:  Journal News 04.19.02; The Journal News (NY) 04.21.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Journal News 09.14.03; Journal News 07.09.05; Blogging Religiously 04.07.08; Flower Funeral Home Obituary 12.16.12 ; http://bishop-accountability.org/

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