UPDATE: Priest Quinlan dismissed for “inappropriate behaviour” with adult male

UPDATE: Priest Quinlan dismissed for “inappropriate behaviour” with adult male
Father Quinlan
Father Quinlan

The following is a statement from the Archbishop’s office about the dismissal of a priest due to “inappropriate behaviour”. Though the press release did not reveal a name, it is widely known that the priest in question is Gros Islet Parish Priest Fr. Stephen Quinlan and the “relationship” was with an adult male. The announcement of Quinlan’s departure was first read in the St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church in Gros Islet town on Saturday night (July 5).

STATEMENT – Allegations of inappropriate behaviour, incompatible with the priesthood, were brought against a priest of the Archdiocese of Castries.

Using the mechanisms at its disposal, The Archdiocese initiated a process of investigation. The accuser and the accused priest were interviewed by the Delegate appointed by the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocesan Review Board, after serious deliberations on the report filed by the Delegate, concluded that the accused priest, in his relationship with the accuser, acted inappropriately.

The Archdiocese considers this inappropriate behaviour, incompatible with the priesthood, a serious matter, and has taken the decision to withdraw the priest from pastoral ministry with immediate effect. The priest has been put on administrative leave and during this time will receive spiritual and counselling support. The accuser has also been offered counselling support.

The Archdiocese of Castries invites all brothers and sisters of goodwill to pray for healing for all involved.

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  1. As time pass and I watch my life go back to the sad sate it used to be. I can't help but think how some people who call themselves Christians can truly be agents of the devil. You go by the name of vengeance is for god, I hope you know that for true. You came here and falsely make your claim and now cause the one person we some of the young people could relate to, to stop being there for us because the stupid church just take your word and never come to us who are most affected by the decision of preventing or maybe limiting father interaction with us and now my life is a mess and you said in your words, "I hate what he is doing...". Then identify yourself and come and help us the little boys. If you such a gate keeper for justice and right just take up from where father left us because the things u hate he was doing was only building us up but u hate it so am hoping you have better ways of doing that. So get out behind this page and come to us. So my life will not be so empty and hopeless again. Maybe I need to identify myself so you can help me in better ways than the great priest u hate was doing. I am Kent but everyone call me stranger. If you need my number ask for it here because here you good at getting and posting information. I am waiting on you so please reach out to me. I am at the point of leaving the church and going back to the street life. Father and the church why do you all have to let one person prevent you from doing the great work you was doing here with us. I don't know if am disappointed with vengeance or with you and the church. Father am just heart broken is nothing personal. You have took me and brought me so far in life and just abandon me because of one person. Father your words of encourage and upliftment been keeping me but I don't know how long it will hold because I have no one to turn to these days.

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  2. Let me say this,the Bishop needs to put things in place when it comes to the dress code of priests. Before, when you saw a man anywhere with that black shirt and black pants tight neck and a little piece of white you would know thats a man of religion or priest, but now if you realise that when you see a priest in Town, Party, or keeping fit gears, wears sun shades, 3 quarters pants, hats on their heads, smells so sweetly, driving their big fancy jeep they look very dam sweet and handsome as if this is an ordinary man out there. Dont you see their walks and their bum bum shake. They better be careful because women will start attacking them.

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  3. Still to vegeance is for god, what you ashamed of him doing to us, the fact that he is helping us to become positive young people, we been victimized by you all the adults both in the church and the community and you never thought we will get someone to stand with us to build and motive us. You should more be ashamed of how ull some of the adults in the very said church u talking about are no good examples to us young people. Fighting and breaking down each other, even to the point if going to do witcraft on eachother. I am not her to judge you. I am here to let you see what you did was wrong and you don't know what you are talking about. You. One and stand with fr. N help build the community in a more real n positive way.

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  4. To vengeance: I am one of the young men you considered the fat priest, with his eyes looking god knows where, have rape around his finger. I want you to know that I want to be rape around his because he is a great priest who does not only talk but put his life into ensuring the young ppl in his parish do well and become someone. You seems to have a personal problem with him, I can tell you you can go talk to him and get to know him because he is a great human being, Christian and priest. When I had no one to turned to in my turning times and I couldn't come to ppl like you n I went to him, he was there for me with kindness and to encourage me to never give up. So know that he don't have me rape I chose to be. And for your info he never do anything negative to me but give me new hope and zeal to push on in my life. So before you go on public media to try and embrass him know you should of come to us for the truth about him. Fr. Keep up the good work don't like that devil kill the zeal n new life you brought to us the young ppl in the parish. Again go to fr. If you have a personal problem with him. He is very approachable, kind, caring and loving. God bless you always.

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  5. With all the people who say so many catholic Priest are bulling or abusing children statistics have shown it is less than 2%. I guess all the judge jury and prosecutors of the catholic church have found all priest guilty just because they are priests.

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  6. Things like that are unfortunate and whomever it involves should be cared for and loved more in their time of struggle and pain. Imagine all you them Catholics self fighting down each other and the church, instead of helping and nuturing Mother church. The person commented on July 8th @ 2:44am, it is clear to me you have a problem or more with the priest, get your acts together, and like you said, God knows everything, stop judging!!! He who is without sin cast the first stone! Let us keep Fr. Quinlan in prayer, and instead of all the gossip, spend time in pryaer for the clergy and seminarians et al! Be Christians! For those who have been at Fr. Quinlan's side, a heart felt thanks to you all! We are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God, but no one is better than the other! God Bless, peace out! I still feel there is more I can say about the matter, but... From an outsider!