The Catholic Church is reportedly investigating the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle’s December resignation amid the allegations.
A lockdown “sex party” at a Cathedral is being investigated by the Vatican as part of an inquiry regarding a former bishop, it has been reported.
Bishop Robert Byrne resigned as the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in December. However, in a rare intervention, the Roman Catholic Church is reportedly examining the circumstances of his resignation amid allegations that a sex party was held during a coronavirus lockdown at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.
There is no suggestion that Bishop Byrne was either at the alleged party in a priest’s living quarters next to the cathedral, or was aware of it.
However, the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, who is leading the investigation, has been asked “to prepare an in-depth report into the events leading up to Bishop Byrne’s resignation”, according to a letter reported on by The Sunday Times.
The Archbishop said in the letter sent to priests in the diocese that he was asked by the Dicastery for Bishops, a Vatican department that answers directly to the Pope, to conduct the review and that it would look at past and present clergy, volunteers and staff as well as “focus on culture and governance arrangements around the safeguarding process”.
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