Bishop reports alleged ‘abuse’ to police amid claims his property was used for ‘sex parties’

A Catholic bishop whose cathedral property was allegedly used for a Lockdown The ‘sex party’ itself reported the alleged abuse to the police, it has been revealed.

The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Robert Byrne, was reported to the police in December after a priest alleged abuse.

The 66-year-old resigned last month, saying the job was ‘too much of a burden’. The Vatican has since asked Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool to conduct a ‘thorough’ inquiry into his resignation.

The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Robert Byrne (pictured), was reported to police in December after a priest alleged abuse.

And the archbishop confirmed that Bishop Byrne had been reported to police in December, according to The Catholic Herald yesterday. The name of the notified police force has not been disclosed. It is assumed that there is no current inquiry.

came as The Sunday Times reported. Over the weekend it was alleged that a ‘sex party’ took place in the clergy’s living quarters attached to St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle during the lockdown. There was no suggestion that Bishop Byrne attended or knew about the alleged party.

As well as conducting his own inquiry, Archbishop McMahon has also asked the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) to review diocesan security.

The diocese also previously referred itself to the Charity Commission, which is conducting its own inquiry into ‘regulatory compliance’.

The dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, Canon Michael McCoy (pictured), is reported to have approached a number of worshipers and asked them if they wanted to attend a ‘party’ at the cathedral.

It comes after the Sunday Times alleged over the weekend that a ‘sex party’ had taken place in the clergy’s living quarters attached to St Mary’s Cathedral (pictured) in Newcastle during the lockdown.

Canon Michael McCoy, dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, is said to have approached a number of worshipers and asked them if they would like to attend a ‘party’ at the cathedral.

McCoy, 57, took his own life in April 2021Just four days after discovering he was being investigated by Northumbria Police’s Child and Adult Protection Department following a landmark allegation of child sexual abuse.

Officers visited him to inform him of the investigation and he was later found hanged.

McCoy was appointed to his cathedral role by Bishop Byrne in 2019.

According to the Sunday Times, the CSSA inquiry will look into convicted sex offender Father Tim Gardner’s relationship with the diocese.

Gardner, 42, who taught religion at a Catholic school in London in 2014, was given a suspended sentence at Southwark Crown Court after admitting making indecent images of children and downloading more than 500 images of children and more than 5,000 prohibited images. Sentence was passed. his computer.

Gardner is alleged to have been offered the opportunity to live in church-owned accommodation within the Diocese of Newcastle after his conviction, but the move is said to have been blocked by senior diocesan officials.

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