Joseph Quigley

by Liz Dodd

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, after giving evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in London two years ago.


A Birmingham priest who has now been convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse was transferred to the US for therapy and subsequently allowed to visit schools and work as a diocesan school inspector despite the archdiocese knowing of allegations against him.

Joseph Quigley, 56, now of Aston Hall, described on its website as “a delightful home for retired and convalescent priests” in Aston, Staffordshire, was found guilty last week of four charges of sexual activity with a child, two of sexual assault, two of false imprisonment and one of cruelty. He is due to be sentenced in January. 

The abuse took place while he was parish priest at St Charles Borromeo RC church in Hampton-on-the-Hill near Warwick, between 2006-2009

During the trial it emerged that other allegations of abuse had been made against Quigley in 2008. These involved contact a sixth form student had with Quigley when he was a school chaplain. The person alleging this abuse was a key witness in the trial.

Prosecutor Adrian Langdale QC told Warwick Crown Court that when this earlier abuse allegation first came to light in 2008,

Quigley was removed from his parish and sent to the St Luke’s Institute, a treatment centre for priests based in the US, for six months for therapy. He said the abuse was not reported to the police.

The decision was made when Cardinal Vincent Nichols was Archbishop of Birmingham, and after both the Nolan and Cumberledge Commissions had recommended a serious overhaul of the Church’s safeguarding procedures.

The timeline is that Quigley was removed from parish ministry and sent for professional assessment and therapy in January 2009, following a complaint that had been made in December 2008 about his behaviour with another man, whom he had first met as a sixth form student. He returned to the diocese in the summer of 2009.

Archbishop Nichols was appointed to Westminster Diocese in April 2009 and left the Birmingham Diocese in early May 2009. He played no part in the assignment of Joseph Quigley to “restricted duties”.

The Archdiocese of Birmingham told The Tablet: “The horrendous offences for which Joseph Quigley was tried and convicted pertain to allegations that were first made in 2012. When they were made, the archdiocese immediately informed statutory agencies and the police.

“Records show that, separately, in 2008 a complaint was made, initially by a third party, concerning aspects of a relationship between a man and Joseph Quigley.

The man was interviewed and it became apparent that he may have had contact with Joseph Quigley while a sixth form student at a school at which Joseph Quigley was chaplain.”

Asked if the archdiocese reported the abuse to the police, a spokesperson said: “The complaint was considered by the Archdiocese of Birmingham’s safeguarding officer and safeguarding commission. Advice was sought from the police, in the person of a member of the commission who was a serving officer. A serving probation officer was also a member of the commission.”

The decision was made that the matter should be referred to the children’s services manager who had responsibility for those in positions of trust. Joseph Quigley was removed from parish ministry and following assessment was sent, in early 2009, for therapeutic intervention at the St Luke’s Centre in the US, returning in the summer of 2009. No charges were brought against Joseph Quigley in respect of this complaint.”

The Tablet has seen evidence that in December 2009 Quigley celebrated a retirement Mass at a Birmingham primary school, and that he was still visiting schools as an inspector as late as March 2011.

Asked to comment on this, the archdiocese said it had nothing to add to its earlier statement. 

A spokesperson told The Tablet that the archdiocese is reviewing its past records in relation to this matter with a view to informing and improving its safeguarding practice and responses.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those who have suffered and we acknowledge their courage in coming forward to provide evidence. The archdiocese is committed to best practice in safeguarding, offering a compassionate response to victims/survivors of abuse. The archdiocese will always co-operate fully with statutory authorities in investigating and prosecuting allegations of crimes.

“All allegations and concerns are taken seriously and the safeguarding team works with statutory agencies to ensure they are appropriately responded to.” 

Richard Scorer, solicitor at Slater and Gordon who represented several survivors of clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Birmingham at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, said: “In my view allegations of this kind should be reported to the statutory authorities immediately under a mandatory reporting law, and even on the Archdiocese’s account, we cannot be confident that the matter was properly handled in 2008. I remain unclear why there was no formal reporting to the police at that stage. I am also very troubled by the unwillingness of the Archdiocese of Birmingham to answer questions  about Quigley’s activities on his return from the USA – they need to come clean on this right away.”

He added that the fact that some of the decisions were made on Archbishop Nichols’s watch, before he left Birmingham for Westminster,  “reinforces my view and that of survivors that he is unfit to lead the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and should step down forthwith”.   


Nichols is a total and utter disgrace and was never fit to be either a priest or bishop. He is not even a Christian!

He was and is a company man who sold his soul to the Devil decades ago.

And now he has his reward – 75 – and no glory facing him whatsoever.

And what was it all for?

Sexual abuse is vile.

Covering it up is more vile.

They sacrificed thousands of children and others on the altar Romanism.

There are really no more words……


It’s hard to see how our Else will survive this. Mind you she’s a neck like brass that one. She’ll likely brazen it out. Clutching on to her “power” like grim death.


I don’t think Elsie, the bishops and abbots care. Victims are collateral damage and safeguarding is secondary to moving priests about, being pastoral to priests, sending them away for treatment and allowing them to be paid and housed for years while MIA.
The media doesn’t care either. It was so saturated by clerical abuse that it’s no longer a story. A priest abusing is now as newsworthy as a dog barking.


Pat, love the picture of you on the altar with Cathal Daly when you appeared on the altar during his sermon. Can you blog about that again over the Christmas or after it. Love those stories and Brian Darcy taking him on too on Late Late.


I’m giving serious consideration to renouncing my ‘membership of the RCC’ . I wish to retain my catholic faith, but not be a member of the club



Betty you can’t retain your Catholic Faith and not be a member of the club as you say, you either are a Catholic or you’re not. Keep the faith Betty, away an have sup of tea and full Irish and go to bed a bit earlier, good luck to ya.


“Nobody’s going to miss you”?
These are not the words of a follower of Christ, surely?
Are these words more akin to that of a member of a cult?
I ask, only, out of polite curiousity, you see.


It’s nothing wrong to be a Roman catholic… What is wrong is to be a man with no morals, dignity and honour…


Youv’e been on the sherry Betty. Go back to bed luv, the Church will crumble if you gave up your membership.


I’m binge watching ‘The Last Kingdom’ on Netflix. I highly recommend. Some nice eye candy – in the form of Alexander Dreymon. The Vikings certainly had an interesting take on life and the life-hereafter. I suppose on this Island, there have existed many different faiths, and many interpretations.


All matters in the Church whether safeguarding or psychologically treatment should be handled by external agencies. If someone has been abused or assaulted they should report it to the police and the Church should provide legal assistance to the cleric that’s all. If you have to have a psychological assessment before or during the priesthood then what does that indicate about that calling from the beginning ? There should be monthly meetings with a trained, secular psychologist and at the end the client should decide how to proceed not that there’s a religious order charged with keeping files that only implies there’s a serious need and if there is then reform is necessary not bureaucracy


The Government should step in and impose such an objective, independent, oversight of the Catholic Church in respect of safeguarding. It’s already indicated that it is prepared to take tough action in the Ampleforth case. I think it’s only a question of time. Both the dioceses and Ampleforth have shown themselves incapable of regulating and overseeing themselves.


9.49: Absolutely not true of the Dublin Diocese and most Dioceses: the procedures re: child safeguarding are probably the most stringent, comprehensive and clearly defined templates anywhere to be found. We are forever being monitored in our Diocese by the Child safeguarding Office and dare you be found guilty of negligence or carelessness!!! So, please do some research before you tell lies.


The church needs to bring in a whole extra layer of pastoring re. things that aren’t police matters, especially because parishioners’ spiritual growth and welfare is at stake (a crucial reason usually forgotten), but also because these cloak things that have been made quite difficult for any authorities in practical terms (through salami slicing). Confidential sub-organisations stage “missions” to uninhabited parts of the Caribbean; and when members are fed up with the various manipulations that usurp the place of Holy Spirit living, egg is found on the faces of bishops and clergy who aren’t culprits, leaving them (and standardised safeguarding staff) unable to deal with typical non-textbook distress.
Analogous to Quigley cultivating that youth until he had left school, some young men get enveigled into ill-governed seminaries (some of this is done by standard VDs and vice-VDs as well). Merely saying that we are all sinners doesn’t demonstrate needed Holy Spirit living. Too much store was set by focussing solely on schoolchildren of catholic families, leaving both them AND the fringe singles prey to the “movements” that the whole church has increasingly modelled itself on in recent centuries. Then celebrity prelates slotting into or out of their top jobs may feel it beneath them to check on the welfare of their suffragans or solidity of their subordinates’ actions. Taken together, it is a recipe for semi-disaster.


Some of the dates and the timings of the Quigley case are still murky. Maybe by design in order to fog things up, maybe because the timeline hasn’t been forensically worked out yet. So, it is not clear who, when and where certain decisions were made. As far as I can see the return from the USA in 2009 by Quigley more or less coincided with departure of Nichols after his appointment to Westminster, and before the appointment of Longely to Birmingham. It is possible that neither of the two aforementioned had any part in the decision to bring Quigley back from the USA and get him involved in some ministry, perhaps even the schools’ stuff. Although, if he was still involved in ministry when Longley was appointed, I would have thought that a review by Longley would have been warranted at that point. Did that happen ?Who was in charge making the decisions about Quigley when he returned from the USA in 2009 ? Was it the Diocesan / Episcopal Administrator or whatever he is called during the sede vacant ? Was it Pargeter ? Or one of the other auxiliary bishops ? Was the Vicar General of the time the person who was making these decisions ? Was the VG a chap called Moran ? And what part did the Safeguarding Co-Ordinator of the time play, and was he / she even consulted ? There are so many questions and timelines that need to be clarified in order to get a clear picture of what went on. I don’t ask these questions in order to diminish the possible responsibility of people like Nichols, but it is important for us to know clearly the facts and what happened when, and where, and by whom. Whatever, it does seem outstandingly naive (and I’m being kind there !) even back in 2009 for man who has been sent off to the USA for counselling on the basis of some interaction / relationship with another man who seems to have had involvement with Quigley while he was still at school, to be allowed to come back and become actively involved in a ministry that involves contact with young people. What kind of ministry Quigley did at that point, I’m not sure, and that needs to be clarified also. Quigley’s conviction, it appears, is based on completely other behaviour and crimes, and the previous behaviour that caused him to be sent to the uSA in 2008 / 2009 was not the basis for his conviction, I believe. But, the whatever caused him to be sent to the USA and what happened when he returned is important for us to know, as it will give us clarity about the decisions made by those responsible at the time in 2009 and whether those decisions were prudent and safe, or careless and dangerous. Anyhow, we need clarification about all this.


@ 10:14 – Who is Noddy ? And are you suggesting that the canon lawyers were instrumental in having him back in to ministry ?


It has has a rector, vice-rector and spiritual director resident there, but no students.


I meant no Irish students. The b&b and wedding business was too lucrative, so it has stayed open. There are developing world students in it.


@9.49 a.m.
Objectively, I have increasing sympathy for that position. However, the problem about bringing external agencies is that they often lack objectivity, because those employed by agencies are agenda-driven, Guardian-reading, individuals who are often poorly-qualified, informed by an institutional bias and personal animus towards Catholicism. Of course, if those who were charged with safeguarding and the wider church did their job properly — then the state would NOT have to intervene.
In due course, it will be interesting to see if the legal entity that runs the school at Ampleforth will commence judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Education. That will be the real test; because, a finding of fact by a London-based High Court judge will determine if the school at Ampleforth is compliant with the law and really improving and/or if the action of the Minister was proportionate and justified. However, what is happening at Ampleforth may-be a portent for the schools run by Glenstal Abbey Mount St. Joseph Abbey.


It says ‘Crib’ in the hyperlink, however I could find no crib on the page…
Did I click on the wrong link by any chance?


Hi Bishop Pat, my mum and all the women in the Asda stores in Liverpool send you big kisses, hugs and a massive Christmas hug 🎄 🎁 ⛄ X
Thank you for all your prayers, Masses and spiritual direction during these times of Virus lockdown!
Anytime you’re visiting Liverpool there is no need to book a hotel, you are family here and most welcome 😊

Your Son and faithful servant in Christ Jesus,

Ps I hope you like the odd game of bingo haha 😊


Pat my gay friends are getting married in NI because of the recent change in the law. They chose not to have you doing the marriage ceremony. They are not happy with your continual persecution of gay clergy and your general negativity – only saying. They have found a gay friendly Pastor to do the honours instead.


They have a few good choices. I wish them well.

Why is it a mortal sin for a gay man to criticise gay misbehaviour?

Does being gay put you above criticism?


A man (or woman) with a public vow of chastity engaging in promiscuous sex ?


”A man (or woman) with a public vow of chastity engaging in promiscuous sex”

Would ya g’way! LOL. you’re living in the 1800’s 😂😂😂


Well, that’s what they have signed for. Why not leave and do the decent thing?


will you be outing sexually active gay men who married women and made a public vow?


Well they are doing wrong – in God’s eyes and wrong to their wives. Let them divorce and be gay.

If my sisters husband was two-timing her with a man I would invite him to tell her or I would.


No, but critique puts one above being straight, boring – and good at choosing wallpaper and cented candles 😂 haha x


@3.30pm That’s the point. Many in the gay community despise you for “Outing” people. That’s why they don’t want you involved with any of their weddings.


That’s their problem! Gays covering up for gays??? How is that different than church cover up???


There are none so nasty, vindictive and vicious as “gays” when they are crossed or miffed. They take callous and cruel to a whole new level. Hell hath no fury ….. much worse than a woman scorned. Fact!


With great power comes great responsibility… Likewise, great responsibilities- practiced with a pure heart- comes mutual respect all round.

– Hey Mr Saxo Best


Hi Pat. I went to the sacrament of confession earlier in the week. I mentioned that I had perhaps been unkind to clergy on a blog. When I mentioned it was your blog, the aforementioned Priest went nuts and refused me absolution. After thinking about it for a few days now, I wonder if he’s something to hide?


OMG. Made me smile that Pat. Nice to see that your brother Priests hold you in such high regard. Daniel please name and shame! 😂😂😂


Message for you Jardine. Keep away from our Church in Glasgow. Yes, our PP did go through some rough times and perhaps didn’t live up to what is expected, but that was 15 years ago and he is sorry and prayerful now. Bog off you bully.


Donald. His days are numbered. You can threaten me, he can threaten me, he can try for an interim interdict and so the list goes on. I actually like him, but he should not be a Priest and I will make sure that he returns to the lay state as soon as possible.


Just picture the scene now in Ambrosden Ave, our Else and the nun, feet up, engrossed in Strictly.
They will have had a nice sensible supper – maybe a pop in the microwave out of Waitrose – or Tesco Express.
Old Else will have her curlers in for Mass tomorrow and the nun will be knitting. Else will be enjoying a mean G&T and the nun sipping a dry sherry. Else will be poised to vote for HRVY and Janette.
Both will retire (separate rooms of course) around 10pm. Sure isn’t companionship great!


Keep the whitewash on the floor and a smile upon the door You can change tenants but the house must remain pristine O fadder ya don’t own the forgiveness of God hi. If you were on tother side of the winda How would your theologically trained brain evaluate the the issue


Said by a wise man:
I believe that in this world it is impossible to understand God.
I believe that God made this wonderful universe and all that exists.
I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.
I believe that God made all men and women,
That He made them all equal,
And that He loves and cherishes them all equally.
I believe that the whole human race is the family of God.
I believe that there may be intelligent life on other planets
And if so, they too are part of God’s family.
I hold that religion and faith are two different things,
That religion can be both good and bad
And that it is spirituality that counts.
For me your religion is an accident of your birth
Or a gift of God’s great providential diversity.
There is no one true church.
All churches and all religions contain aspects of the truth.
But only God is truth.
No man is infallible.
A Buddhist or a good atheist is as acceptable to God as a good Catholic.
I believe that sex is good and so is the body.
The only sexual act that is sinful is the one that uses or abuses.
I believe in people, especially suffering people.
I believe in the power of weakness.
I believe that all men and women will be saved.
I believe in a packed Heaven and an empty Hell.
And even Satan might get another chance.
I believe in the freedom of God’s sons and daughters.
I believe that dogma is often evil.
I believe that life is a journey towards God
And that no one has the right to insist that you go a certain road.
I believe that God and reality are too big for my poor words.
I believe therefore that I am only at a beginning.
Only knocking at a door.
And I believe that the best is yet to come.
Does Pat really live by this creed today? It would seem that he relishes the idea of Satan destroying Churchman who have lost their way. He believes that he has the right to insist that closeted gay clergy should go a certain road… to the point that he will ‘out them’ against their will.
Is Pat as wise as he once was? I’ll leave that for the reader to decide.


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