Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,649 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Seattle priest ignored ban from public ministry

Catholic World News - May 07, 2014

A priest in the Archdiocese of Seattle who was banned from ministry because of sexual abuse has violated that ban, the archdiocese has disclosed.

Father Harry Quigg was removed from ministry in 2004 because of a long-term sexual affair that began in 1980 when his partner was 17 years old. But the archdiocese has revealed that it recently came to light that Quigg has continued to celebrate Mass and present himself as a priest, despite the archdiocesan directive.

The archdiocese said that it “is undertaking a thorough review of the relapse prevention program and the steps taken to prevent a priest whose ministry has been restricted for any reason from violating those restrictions.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,738 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,262.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Savonarola - May. 07, 2014 9:21 PM ET USA

    Pathetic reaction. When will the churchmen learn that issuing orders is 10% of the job and seeing that they're carried out is 90% of the job?

  • Posted by: unum - May. 07, 2014 6:44 PM ET USA

    The U.S. Church continues to fail to protect the laity and the public from illegal acts of its employees. The statement of a pastor shows the extent of the failure, "Harry Quigg is a friend of mine, I am disappointed and ... angry with him by what has come to light recently. I pray that when people have time to reflect on the situation, they will have compassion on him and consider some of the good things he has done.” He doesn't have a clue!

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly October 24
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6