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Father John E. Lynch, CSP

Father John E. Lynch, CSP

Curriculum Vitae

  • Born --October 21, 1924 New York City, NY
  • Raised --Washington, DC
  • Ordained-- Paulist Fathers May 1, 1951
  • Parish Assistant--Los Angeles 1951-1955
  • Graduate Studies University of Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies 1955-1959: MA, MSL, Ph.D
  • Faculty St. Paul's College, Washington, DC 1959-1969
  • Faculty Catholic University, Washington, DC 1967-1999
  • Full Professor 1974
  • Chair Department of History 1974-1983
  • Chair Department of History 1983-1986
  • Academic Vice President, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies 1991`-1998
  • Directed at least 18 doctoral dissertations in canon law and medieval history, and
    70 licentiate or master's theses.

Scholarly Societies

  • Canon Law Society of America (Board of Governors, 1972, Vice President 1974-75)
  • American Catholic Historical Association (Executive Council, 1983-1986)
  • American Society of Church History
  • Medieval Academy of America


  • "Role of Law Award" 1984
  • Bene Merenti 1995
  • Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice 1999


  • Book: The Theory of Knowledge of Vital du Four (1972)
    (chapters) The Code of Canon Law: A Text and Commentary 1985)
    New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (2000)

Articles and book reviews in such journals as

  • The Jurist, Concilium, Studia Canonica, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, American
    Catholic Historical Review, .Chicago Studies, Theology Digest
  • Encyclopedia Articles: New Catholic Encyclopedia, Oxford Encyclopedia of the
    Reformation, The Encyclopedia of Religion, Encyclopedia of Early Christianity,
    Encyclopedia Americana, Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia, Dictionary of the
    Middle Ages, New Dictionary of Theology, Dictionary of Christianity in
    America, The Papcay:An Encyclopedia.
  • Paulist Fathers Archivist 1999