This story makes that woefully, painfully, dreadfully, and unmistakeably plain-
William Lynch’s life spiraled out of control in the 35 years since he alleges he and his brother were molested by a Jesuit priest: He struggled with depression, had nightmares and tried to kill himself twice. Authorities believe that anger and pain erupted when Lynch lured the Rev. Jerold Lindner to the lobby of his Jesuit retirement home by pretending he had news of a death in the priest’s family and beat him severely in front of shocked witnesses. Lynch, 43, was arrested Friday and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for the May 10 attack. He was allowed to post $25,000 bail and will plead not guilty at an arraignment sometime next month, his attorney, Pat Harris, told The Associated Press. Lynch punched the 65-year-old priest repeatedly in the face and body after Lindner said he didn’t recognize Lynch during a confrontation at the Jesuits’ Sacred Heart retirement home in Los Gatos, said Sgt. Rick Sung, Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman.
He snapped. Bearing the horror became simply too much and he reached his breaking point. We all have one. We all do. The worst part? None of it was necessary and all of it – all those years of pain – could have been avoided if the priest had acted like a man of God instead of an animal.