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.