July 09, 2005

4 former Island priests defrocked by the Church

Staten Island Advance

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Four former Staten Island priests have been defrocked by the Roman Catholic Church, along with two other priests of the Archdiocese of New York.

The decision, handed down by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, strips the priests of their titles and abilities. Those defrocked also lose all pension and financial support from the Roman Catholic Church.

Two of the four defrocked Island priests had previously been convicted of sex abuse in state criminal courts. The names of those defrocked appear in the current Catholic New York, the archdiocesan newspaper. Cardinal Edward Egan had previously promised to name those permanently removed from the church.

Patrick Quigley, ordained in 1981, had previously pleaded guilty in 1994 to a misdemeanor charge after admitting he had offered three young boys money for oral sex in Haverstraw Village in Rockland County.

The incidents took place within an hour and the teens, none of whom knew Quigley was a priest, declined his offers, prosecutors said.

According to Advance archives, Quigley once served as the parochial vicar at St. Christopher's R.C. Church in Grant City and held a variety of other posts on the Island, including six years at St. Teresa's Church, Castleton Corners and a teaching job at St. Joseph-by-the-Sea High School, Huguenot. He had also served in Manhattan.

Posted by kshaw at July 9, 2005 09:09 AM