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Vatican launches extraordinary investigation into ‘closed-off sex party’ at cathedral as part of wider investigation

Vatican launches extraordinary investigation into ‘closed off sex party’ at cathedral as part of wider investigation into former bishop’s tenure

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The Vatican has launched an extraordinary investigation into an alleged sex party at a cathedral in northern England.

The Roman Catholic Church was said to be investigating the alleged incident as part of their investigation into Robert Byrne’s resignation as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in December.

The Archbishop of Liverpool, who is leading the inquiry, has been asked to prepare “an in-depth report on the events leading up to Bishop Byrne’s resignation,” The Sunday Times reported.

There is no suggestion that Bishop Byrne was at the alleged feast or knew about it.

The Roman Catholic Church is looking into Robert Byrne’s (pictured) resignation as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in December

During the lockdown, Father Michael McCoy (above), who was dean at the time, is said to have asked several believers if they wanted to attend a 'sex party'

During the lockdown, Father Michael McCoy (above), who was dean at the time, is said to have asked several believers if they wanted to attend a 'sex party'

During the lockdown, Father Michael McCoy (above), who was dean at the time, is said to have asked several believers if they wanted to attend a ‘sex party’

During the lockdown, Father Michael McCoy, who was dean at the time, is said to have asked several believers to attend a ‘sex party’ in a building next to St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.

“A number of complaints were made by individuals within the diocese after information came to light about a sex party taking place in the priests’ living quarters next to Newcastle Cathedral,” a source told the paper.

Another added: “The cathedral had become a joke.”

A spokesman for the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle said: ‘The review is now underway. Prior to Bishop Byrne’s resignation in mid-December, trustees worked with the Charity Commission following their self-referral to that organization.”

Canon McCoy, 57, was found dead in his Newcastle apartment in April 2019.

He took his own life days after learning police were investigating him over a “historic accusation.”

Mr McCoy was visited by officers on April 6 and said that a historic allegation had been made against him and that he would be invited for a voluntary interview at some point.

Pictured: The Cathedral Church of St Mary's in Newcastle upon Tyne

Pictured: The Cathedral Church of St Mary's in Newcastle upon Tyne

Pictured: The Cathedral Church of St Mary’s in Newcastle upon Tyne

Canon McCoy, 57, was found dead in his Newcastle apartment in April 2019

Canon McCoy, 57, was found dead in his Newcastle apartment in April 2019

Canon McCoy, 57, was found dead in his Newcastle apartment in April 2019

Detective Sergeant Julie Beattie, from the Child and Adult Protection Division of Northumbria Police, said Mr McCoy was ‘upset’ but said he would seek his own support from friends and colleagues, and no concerns were raised about his well-being.

Mr. McCoy voluntarily retired from his cathedral ministry and moved into an Airbnb.

On April 10, a man visited Mr McCoy’s apartment ‘as part of supporting him’ and became concerned when he received no response.

The concierge service helped him gain access to the apartment, where Mr. McCoy was found dead.

Mr. McCoy had not left a note and his mobile phone and tablet had been factory reset and nothing could be found.

A professional standards inquiry by Northumbria Police following Mr McCoy’s death ‘found no concerns and no missed opportunities to further protect him’.

An inquiry by the diocese also concluded that there was nothing “that could or should have been done differently” to prevent Mr McCoy’s death, and there were no concerns at the time that he would pose a risk to himself.

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