Religious cult took our sister from us, says family of Bridget Crosbie

Irish Independent

Graham Clifford

It’s the Swinging Sixties and a young, carefree, woman from rural Wexford takes the boat to England to start a new life.

Bridget Crosbie, a beautiful, smart and popular figure, finds work in hotels in London and even in the Channel Island of Guernsey.

“She loved life,” said a family member this week, adding “she was great fun, loved her family, she had boyfriends like every other young girl, was very artistic and was really a typical, everyday Irish girl.”

She qualified as a midwife and worked in various London hospitals.

But by the end of the Seventies Bridget had changed.

Her family say it was around then that she joined the Palmarian Catholic Church – a secretive Spanish sect that broke away from the Catholic Church and has declared a series of its own ‘popes’.

When Bridget returned home to Wexford, she became more indoctrinated she also became more reclusive in keeping with the sects’ strict set of rules.

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