The least known and least interesting creature among the generally uninteresting Irish Roman Catholic bishops – Francie Duffy – has been made the RC archbishop of Tuam by the RC bishop of Rome.
He is a former teacher and school principal with little or no parish experience.
As a Kilmore priest, he is another protégé of Sean The Wounded Healer Brady.
A safe man – famous for not thinking, not speaking, and not acting.
THREE INDIGNANT IRISH BISHOPS THIS MORNING.
1. FINTONENSIS MONAHANIBUS
Fintan, the former secretary to Neary, wanted Tuam more than Snowwhite wanted to sleep with Dopey.
I’m told that he is beside himself with anger and actually flung his pectoral cross at his picture of Greasy Franki screaming VAFFANCULO.
In the Vatican’s eyes Fintan has been seriously damaged by letters from Tuam priests saying they would not accept him and by his handling of the case of one of his priests choking the turkey at Salthill and the infamous affair between 23 second Ger and Vonnie.
In the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome they still joke about Fintan’s handling of Vonnie and Ride.
The Vatican is also unimpressed by his friendship with Dick Purcell.
2. KEVINI HOMOPHOBIAENSIS DORENSIS
There was no way Pro Gay Francis was going to promote Doran after he publicly said that being gay was like being Downs Syndrome.
Francis regarded that as an insult to both the Gay and Downs communities.
Doran did say to an Elphin priest yesterday: “On the good side I will avoid all the packing and moving at 68”.
3. BRENDANISIMUS LEAHIENSIS
Leahy is disappointed but not as disappointed as he was when Farrell got Dublin.
And the good thing about Leahy is that he can always take refuge in a good theology book while he is licking his wounds at his cosy home in Stab City.
AND THEN THERE’S RICHARD BENNET GIBBONS
And then there’s poor Richard Bennet Gibbons PP who fancied himself to replace Neary.
But Richard annoyed Francis by fussing over him at Knock.
And Francis is not impressed with priests who wear black water silk fascias with their cassocks. Looks far too ambitious.
But a Cloyne priest says that Gibbons is now hoping to replace Duffy in Ardagh?
In the meantime he has Lola and Millie to comfort him.