Catholic Priest

Joseph P. Byrns

Ordained: 1969

Joseph Byrns was removed as pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Brooklyn in 2002 after being accused of sexual abuse. The Boston Globe reported that he was permanently removed from active ministry in 2004 after the Diocese of Brooklyn was said to have found the allegations against Father Byrns “credible.” Byrns was criminally charged and prosecuted for his behavior. Byrns was ultimately laicized.