Exclusive: Church Probes How Priest Was Ordained After Abuse Sacking - Main Section - Yorkshire Post
THE Roman Catholic church is to launch an inquiry into how it dealt with allegations surrounding a priest who was ordained despite being previously sacked for sexually abusing boys at a Yorkshire children’s home.
Last year the Yorkshire Post revealed how Father Joseph O’Brien was able to become a priest despite his dismissal from the St William’s home in Market Weighton and claims that further allegations surfaced after he joined the clergy.
He died in 2010 without Humberside Police or the regional Catholic diocese investigating his activities, despite both being made aware of his history.
The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) has now set up an investigation into how the Middlesbrough Diocese responded when it knew there were sexual abuse allegations against one of its priests.