|Assignment Record– Rev. Harold Francis Quigg
Summary of Case: Harold Francis Quigg was ordained a priest of the Seattle archdiocese in 1960. Over much of four decades he ministered in parishes - as an assistant, then pastor - until his 2000 retirement. The Official Catholic Directory shows him during 1987-1988 to have been on 'Special Assignment' and 'Medical Leave'. In a June 2003 report the archdiocesan Review Board stated that there was sufficient evidence to support an allegation that Quigg sexually abused a 17-year-old male, but that the church's age of consent at the time of the abuse was 16. It also found that Quigg passed the boy around to other priests and friends. The Board determined that Quigg's actions were so "egregious" that he was "unsuitable for the priesthood." He was removed from active ministry; parishioners were not informed. In 2014 there was an outcry when it was discovered that Quigg continued to perform baptisms, weddings and funerals, despite his removal. The archdiocese stated it did not publicize Quigg's removal to respect Quigg's request for privacy and because "the sexual contact did not involve a minor." Quigg's laicization was announced in July 2015. He died in November 2015.
Died: November 11, 2015
Seattle archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).
|1966||St. Mary Magdalene||Everett||WA||2/2||St. Mary Magdalene had a school with 58-175 boys and 72-195 girls. The 1966 Directory shows a Junior High with 14 boys and 21 girls.|
|1960||1966||St. John Evangelist||Mukilteo||WA||This was a mission of St. Mary Magdalene in Everett.|
|1960||1966||Paine Field AFB||WA||This was a station of St. Mary Magdalene in Everett.|
|1966||1968||Holy Family||Kirkland||WA||2/2||Holy Family had a school with 170-173 boys and 187-186 girls.|
|1968||1972||St. James Cathedral||Seattle||WA||2/6, 2/5||St. James' had a school with 80-31 boys and 116-49 girls.|
|1968||1972||Mt. Carmel Center||WA||This was a station of St. James Cathedral in Seattle.|
Connolly was succeeded by Raymond Gerhardt Hunthausen (1975-1991).
|1981||St. Vincent de Paul||
• The archdiocesan Review Board found in 2004 that Quigg had "sexual contact" with a 17-year-old male beginning in 1980 and continuing for 15 years, and that Quigg passed the boy around to other priests and friends.
|WA||1/1, 1/3, 1/2||St. Vincent de Paul had a school with 265-210 students.|
|1981||1987||Sacred Heart||Bellevue||WA||1/3, 1/1, 1/2||Sacred Heart had a school with 480-368 students.|
|1987||1988||Special Assignment/Medical Leave||Address given is that of the Chancery (910 Marion St., Seattle).|
|1988||1989||St. Anthony's||Renton||WA||2/2||St. Anthony's had a school with 382 students.|
Thomas Joseph Murphy replaced Hunthausen (1991-1997), followed by Alexander Joseph Brunett (1997-2010).
|2000||St. Bridget's||Seattle||WA||1/1||The 1999-2000 Directories show a religious education program with 175 students.|
|2000||2002||Retired||Seattle||WA||Address given is that of the Chancery (910 Marion St., Seattle).|
Quigg is not indexed in the 2003 Directory.
The archdiocesan Review Board in 2003 stated that there was sufficient evidence to support an allegation that Quigg sexually abused a 17-year-old, but that the church's age of consent at the time of the abuse was 16. The Board determined that Quigg's actions were so "egregious" that he was unsuitable for the priesthood."
Quigg was removed from active ministry in 2004.
|2005||2006||Quigg is not indexed in the 2006 Directory, nor is he listed under Retired in the Seattle pages.|
Seattle condo address.
Quigg is not indexed beyond the 2009 Directory.
Brunett was succeeded by James Peter Sartain (2010-).
|2014||Quigg's 2004 removal was not made known publicly, and Quigg continued to activley minister, performing baptisms, weddings and funerals. Per the archdiocese in 2014, "Quigg's request to respect his privacy was observed" and because "the sexual contact did not involve a minor." The statement was in response to an outcry from St. Brigid parishioners upon learning in 2014 of the 2004 allegations and removal. Former leaders of the Review Board who had recommended Quigg's removal called the archdiocese's rationale for not disclosing the situation to the public "astonishing."|
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1961-2012)
• Seattle Archdiocesan Case Review Board Report, pp. 4-5, June 1, 2004