From H&N correspondent
I hope you are well and that you have had a pleasant Easter. I have been following your blog posts about Hexham and Newcastle with great interest. Very well done to you on bringing everyone this information.
Pat, when you bloged about the scandal in the Royal English College in Valladolid back in January, one person in the comments section said that former Vice Rector Damian Cassidy is a good friend of former Bishop Robert Byrne and that Cassidy is now in Hexham and Newcastle.
Of course I acknowledge that the part about Cassidy and Byrne being friends could just be rumour, however a quick Google search reveals that Cassidy is indeed in Hexham and Newcastle working between the three parishes of St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and Sacred Heart.
Pat, this to me begs a number of questions.
1) Are Cassidy and Byrne really good friends? If so then how?
2) Why did Robert Byrne allow Cassidy, a Carmelite, to work in his diocese?
3) Why did the Carmelites allow Cassidy to work in a diocese?
4) Was there safeguarding measurements put in place considering the Paul Farrer fiasco in Valladolid?
I hope that this information can be of some use to you as you continue to investigate.
FROM A JANUARY BLOG