Church knew of sex‑sadist priest Joseph Quigley years before police

Sunday Times [of London]

December 13, 2020

By Emily Kent Smith and Catherine Pepinster

Rather than report priest’s abuses, officials sent him to a private clinic for treatment

The report from late 2008, provided to officials at the Catholic Church, was damning. A priest had shown personality traits and behaviour consistent with sexual “sadism” and “voyeurism”, it concluded.

In the weeks before the findings, a man had approached the Archdiocese of Birmingham to speak out about Father Joseph Quigley. He wanted to make the church aware of his relationship with Quigley when he was aged 16 or 17, in the early 1990s. Over several years, the then sixth-former was told to “strip” during meetings and encouraged to perform sex acts in front of the priest.

Officials from the church heard the man’s account before asking Quigley to provide his side of events. It was agreed that Quigley, now 56, would be sent to a clinic in Manchester for treatment.

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