The talk among Westminster clergy this weekend is that Vincent Nichols harboured the paedophile, Father Joseph Quigley in Archbishop’s House, Westminister, long after Nichols knew he was an paedophile abuser!
This suggestion is deeply shocking – and if true requires Nichols immediate resignation.
Nichols and Quigley were friends and when Nichols was in Birmingham Quigley was one of his protegee.
‘Sexual sadist’ priest locked boy in crypt and sexually touched him during six-year campaign of abuse
BY PAUL BEARD, BEN ECCLESTON COVENTRY NEWS
12:39, 5 DEC 2020UPDATED16:18, 29 JAN 2021
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Joseph Quigley, a former national education advisor for Roman Catholic schools, sexually and physically abused a boy while he was a parish priest at a church near Warwick.
The disgraced former national education advisor for Roman Catholic schools sexually and physically abused a boy while he was a parish priest in Warwickshire.
Father Joseph Quigley – described as a “sexual sadist” – rubbed the teenager’s inner thigh after making him wear gym kit, take showers with the door open, and inflicted ‘sado-masochistic’ punishments on him such as locking him in the church’s crypt.
He also beat the boy with a hurling stick during his time at St Charles Borromeo RC church in Hampton-on-the-Hill near Warwick.
The offences took place while he was the parish priest at the church from 2002 until he was forced to resign in disgrace, a jury at Warwick Crown Court heard.
Quigley, 56, now of Aston Hall, Church Lane, Stone in Staffordshire, denied four charges of sexual activity with a child, two of sexual assault, two of false imprisonment and one of cruelty.
But the jury took less than four hours to find him guilty of all nine charges by majority verdicts of 11-1.
Describing the perverted priest as “a sexual sadist and voyeur”, Judge Peter Cooke remanded him in custody while a report is prepared on him to assess the danger he poses in the future.
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THIS WEEKEND, WESTMINSTER PRIESTS ARE VERY ANGRY OVER THE NICHOKS / QUIGLEY ACCUSATIONS.
ENGLISH JOURNALIST SENDS A MESSAGE:
“Very serious is the toxic mess that continues to brew in Westminster where Cardinal Vincent Nichols is holding on to power, like grim death.
Several senior priests have had the courage to suggest that it better for the diocese and the Church in England and Wales that he go now. He tells those who broach the subject that he cannot possibly leave Ambroseden Avenue until his nun friend Mother Wragg passes on! “The move would kill Sister Carm”, he is reported to have said.
Truth is that he does not want to willingly give up the power that he has spent his whole life pursuing. And yet he has been proven now on two separate occasions not to have followed the procedures of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, of which he is still the head. How can this be tolerated?
Cardinal Murphy O Connor
In retirement the old fraud “Spud O’Connor” was interviewed twice under police caution for alleged participating in child sexual abuse. This was only revealed after his death and huge ceremonial funeral attended by the good and the great of the country. While few seriously believe that he was guilty of sexual abuse, the question remains as to why was Spud not placed on Administrative Leave as soon as these allegations were received? This is the usual procedure when any allegation, however outlandish, is made (it happened in the summer with a well-known and much-loved priest in central London who was removed from his parish overnight – only to be restored to it three months later). I’m told the poor man was nearly driven to suicide. No, it seems there is one law for those at the top and in the Magic Circle and another for those unfortunate enough not to be in the inner circle of Nichols’s pets. In fact the Murphy O Connor police activity was all covered up by Nichols who did not want to embarrass the Church and his predecessor. There is also the aggravating factor that Pope Francis may well had leaned on Nichols; a more disturbing fact if proven as it would show a foreign state trying to interfere in the internal affairs of the UK.
Fr Joseph Quigley
More worryingly, and bringing this mess right up to date, is the hitherto undisclosed fact that Fr Joseph Quigley lived with Archbishop Nichols, in his own home, as his guest, after he had returned for treatment for sexual sadism and an attraction to teenage boys. This was while Nichols was Archbishop of Westminster, and gives lie to the claim of Cardinal Nichols that he had left Birmingham before Quiqley’s crimes came to light. This scandal is well known by the priests of Birmingham and Westminster and has been the subject of much comment as to why it hasn’t been picked up by the press. Nichols was aware, and more than likely was protecting a close friend, one of his own inner circles of advisers from the Catholic Education Service. In a footnote that would be comic is it weren’t so serious Quigley was responsible for producing the Bishop’s Sex Education policies and programmes for schools, where youngsters where being encouraged to discover their sexuality from an early age! A sex offender going around schools teaching children about sex! If this does not force Nichols and his ghastly sidekick out, what will”?