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"Vatican hypocrisy and hopes for our church"

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Reverend Dr Bernárd Lynch

Bernárd studied philosophy and theology in preparation for ordination to priesthood at the African Missions College twenty-six miles from Belfast during the start of the troubles in Northern Ireland. After ordination he worked with the Bemba people for two years in North Central Zambia before going to the U.S.A. He earned an interdisciplinary doctorate in counseling psychology and theology from Fordham University and New York Theological Seminary. For 15 years he was Theological Consultant to Dignity New York - an organization for LGBT Catholics and their friends - and founded the AIDS/HIV Ministry of Dignity New York in 1982. For over 10 years he was a member of the Mayor of New York's voluntary Task Force on HIV/AIDS, and was the only Roman Catholic priest to testify before the City Council for the successful passage of Civil Rights legislation for the LGBT community in 1986. He continued his work with HIV/AIDS in London until 2011. In 1993 Bloomsbury Press published his book, ‘A Priest on Trial’. Since then he has published articles on Spirituality and Sexuality as well as participating in TV and Radio programmes. Circle Books published his book ‘If It Wasn’t Love, Sex, Death and God’ in 2012. Bernárd continues to work as priest and psychotherapist especially in areas of social justice and oppression. He participated in the Irish Marriage Referendum by augmenting the 'Take the Boat to Vote' in London. In January 2017 Bernárd married his husband Billy Desmond on the Wild Atlantic Coast near where he was born. The occasion was honoured by the President of Ireland giving the couple a private audience. New York City Council honoured his Life Work by presenting him with a Proclamation on January 27th the day of his wedding.

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