Bishop reported to police for alleged ‘abuse’, claims his cathedral property was allegedly used for lockdown ‘sex parties’
- Bishop Robert Byron of Hexham and Newcastle was reported to the police.
- The 66-year-old resigned last month, saying the job was ‘too much of a burden’
A Catholic bishop whose cathedral property was allegedly used for lockdown ‘sex parties’ has been reported to the police for alleged abuse, it has been revealed.
The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Robert Byrne, was reported to the police in December following an allegation of abuse made against him by a priest.
The 66-year-old resigned last month, saying the job was “too much of a burden”. The Vatican has since asked the Archbishop of Liverpool, Malcolm McMahon, to conduct a “thorough” investigation into his resignation.
The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (pictured) Robert Byrne was reported to the police in December following an allegation of abuse made against him by a priest.
According to The Catholic Herald yesterday, the archbishop confirmed that Bishop Byrne had been reported to the police in December. The police force has not been informed. It is understood that there is no inquiry at present.
it came as The Sunday Times reported It has been alleged at the weekend that a ‘sex party’ took place in the living quarters of clergy attached to St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle during the lockdown. There was no suggestion that Bishop Byron attended or knew of the alleged party.
Archbishop McMahon has asked the Catholic Security Standards Agency (CSSA) to review diocesan security as well as conducting his own investigation.
In addition the diocese previously referred itself to the Charities Commission, who are conducting their own investigation into ‘regulatory compliance’.
Canon Michael McCoy (pictured), the dean of St Mary’s, has reportedly approached a number of worshipers asking if they wanted to attend a ‘party’ at the cathedral.
It comes after The Sunday Times reported over the weekend allegations that a ‘sex party’ took place in the living quarters of clergy attached to St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle (pictured) during the lockdown.
Canon Michael McCoy, the dean of St Mary’s, reportedly approached several worshipers and asked them if they wanted to attend a “party” at the cathedral.
McCoy, 57, took his own life in April 2021, four days after discovering he was being investigated by Northumbria Police’s Child and Adult Protection Department following a landmark child sex abuse allegation that was brought against him it was done.
He was visited by the authorities to inform them of the investigation and was later found hanged.
McCoy was appointed to his cathedral role in 2019 by Bishop Byrne.
According to the Sunday Times, the CSSA investigation will look into convicted sex offender Father Tim Gardner’s relationship with the diocese.
Gardner, 42, who taught religion at a Catholic school in London in 2014, was given a suspended prison sentence at Southwark Crown Court after admitting making child pornography and downloading more than 500 photos of children and more than 5,000 banned images. Punishment was given. his computer.
It is alleged that Gardner was offered the chance to live in church-owned accommodation in the Newcastle Diocese after his conviction, but the move was blocked by senior officials in the diocese.
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