Fr Lynch joined the Society of African Missions in 1965 and was ordained in 1971. He is best known for his work with AIDS victims in New York and for coming out as a gay priest. Despite the church's rules of priestly celibacy, he has a long-standing male partner, Billy Desmond. In 1998 they were married in London by a Cistercian priest. They had a civil parnership in 2007.
In July 2012 he published If it Wasn't Love: Sex, Death and God.
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- http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0512/1224315958228.html "Sexuality, like priesthood, is a gift from God. Nobody would choose to be gay" Irish Times, 12 May 2012