Police are investigating a Catholic bishop implicated in a sex party scandal over allegations that he abused a priest.
Officers are investigating allegations made against Robert Byrne in another parish.
Bishop Byrne, 66, resigned as bishop of Hexham last month, newcastlesaid his office’s demands were “too burdensome.”
Dean Father Michael McCoy, 57, reportedly arranged a rally in early 2021 with a drag queen among those in attendance.
At that time, churches were closed except for:
After Father McCoy committed suicide in April 2021, police Said
They had historical allegations of abuse against him.
Bishop Byrne appointed him dean shortly after he became bishop in 2019, replacing Father Dermot Donnelly, Declan’s brother on television.
Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti Pope’s Special Envoy to England,
I was informed of the allegations against Bishop Byrne.
It was made by a priest to his own bishop.
of of the Vatican The bishop has already requested a report of his resignation.
It will be overseen by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool.
There is no evidence that Bishop Byrne attended or knew about sex parties.
A spokeswoman for Archbishop McMahon said: Rome asked him “to draw up a detailed report on the events which led to Bishop Byrne’s resignation”.
she said catholic The Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) was invited to the “Review of Safeguards”.
“I can confirm that a police referral has been made regarding the allegations against Bishop Robert Byrne,” she said.
CSSA’s Stephen Ashley said the agency conducts “official, independent and unscheduled protection audits and protection reviews in the parishes of Hexham and Newcastle.”
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