U.S. Bishop Arrested 21 Times For Pro-Life Demonstrations Dies At
RALEIGH, May 29, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- Bishop George E. Lynch, former auxiliary bishop of Raleigh and a
pro-life activist during his retirement, died May 25, 2003, four
days before the 60th anniversary of his ordination. He was 86 years
old. Working with Operation Rescue, the bishop was arrested more
than 21 times. His silent prayers said while sitting or kneeling in
front of abortion centers served to change the minds and hearts of
many mothers contemplating aborting their children.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Raleigh Bishop Joseph Gossman
on Tuesday, June 10, 4:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic
In 1995, Bishop Lynch was charged with violating the federal Freedom
of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994 (FACE) by blocking access
to the Women's Medical Pavilion, an abortion clinic in Dobbs Ferry,
N.Y. It was the ninth civil action brought by the Department of
Justice under FACE nationwide, and the first such civil suit by the
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. In
July 1996, a federal judge refused to impose statutory damages
against the bishop.
During his frequent arrests, Bishop Lynch often suffered police
brutality, but these hardships never arrested his zeal to offer
himself for to promote the culture of life.
See the Raleigh Diocese news of his death: