September 11, 2020 - The Holy See Dismisses John P. Lyons from the Clerical State

News September 12, 2020

The Archdiocese of Boston today announced that the Holy See has dismissed John P. Lyons from the clerical state. As a result of the Holy See’s decision, he may no longer function in any capacity as a priest.

John P. Lyons was ordained in February 1955. In May 2002, Lyons was removed from public ministry following an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.

We are grateful to the victims who had the strength to come forward. Their courage assisted the Church in seeking justice. We pray for all those affected by this matter.

Through its Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach, the Archdiocese continues to make counseling and other services available to survivors, their families and parishes impacted by clergy sexual abuse and by allegations of abuse by members of the clergy. Cardinal Seán encourages any person in need of pastoral assistance or support to contact the Archdiocese’s Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach by calling 617-746-5985.

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