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By a Broken Rites researcher
Broken Rites has confirmed that a Catholic priest — Padraic (Patrick) Maye — conducted church services in Queensland after the church had promised to remove him from the ministry in Victoria.
Paddy Maye, who was born in Ireland (in a village called The Neale in County Mayo), was among a significant number of Irish priests who were recruited many years ago by the Australian church.
In Australia, Paddy Maye spent his career in the Melbourne archdiocese. Research by Broken Rites has ascertained that Maye's Melbourne parishes included: Frankston, Daylesford and Ormond in the 1960s; Mentone in the early 1970s; Airport West in the late 1970s; Mulgrave (the "Good Shepherd" parish.), 1980-1994; and Yarraville (St Augustine's parish), 1994-2005.
One edition of the Australian Catholic directory (1981) gives his full name as Fr. Patrick Joseph Maye.
By 2005, the Melbourne archdiocese had received reports from women, each of whom complained about an encounter that she had had in Melbourne (many years earlier) with Father Padraic Maye. Father Maye denied the allegations.
One of the women had consulted Broken Rites in 2004 before dealing with the church's "Towards Healing" process. She said that she had been an adult (and in a distressed, vulnerable state) at the time of her encounter with Father Maye.
Two other women told "Towards Healing" that they had been children at the time of the encounters.
Following an investigation in 2005 by the Melbourne archdiocese's complaints officer (Mr Peter O'Callaghan, QC), the archdiocese accepted the complaints. The archdiocese promised the women that it would force Father Maye to retire with his "canonical faculties" removed, so he could not act in public as a priest in parishes of the Melbourne archdiocese.
But that did not stop Paddy Maye.
That is, a Catholic newspaper was still referring to "Father" Maye in 2010 — five years after he had been removed from the ministry.
The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart has written letters warning Padraic Maye against working as a priest and saying "any publicity will reflect adversely upon yourself [and] upon the church". However, the archbishop has not publicized the removal of Maye — presumably the archbishop's silence was in order to protect the image of the church. Therefore, many people have been unaware that Paddy Maye is no longer a licensed priest and therefore they still regard him as "Father" Maye.