A Gros Islet parish priest is no longer in ministry after internal investigations by the local Roman Catholic church have confirmed startling revelations concerning his relationship with an adult male recently.
Gros Islet Parish Priest Fr. Stephen Quinlan was reportedly sent for counselling.
The announcement of Quinlan’s departure was read in the St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in Gros Islet town on Saturday night (July 5).
Archbishop Robert Rivas, Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of Castries in St. Lucia, reportedly read the statement.
According to reliable sources, Archbishop Rivas said at the time of reading the statement, Quinlan is no longer in ministry.
It was further stated that Quinlan was disbarred after complaints by parishioners were investigated and found to be true.
When St. Lucia News Online contacted Archbishop Rivas by telephone, he said a statement will be issued to all media on Monday, July 7 concerning the issue.
A member of the St. Joseph The Worker confirmed that Quinlan resigned and that the statement was read, but explained that Archbishop Rivas will be the one dealing with the press in regards to the matter.