JOURNALIST HUGH JORDAN’S THOUGHTS
A Belfast priests says he saw Noel looking at a £15,000 desk in Ballinderry Antiques and when he went back to the shop a few days later it was gone?
Did it end up in Lisbreen?
Naturally speculation is now rife as to who might succeed Our Noelle at Lisbreen.
COMMENT FROM YESTERDAY”S BLOG
The candidates are divided into two corrals – within the diocese or without the diocese – with from without the diocese the more likely.
The name of Michael Router, the auxiliary in Armagh has been bandied about.
Word among the clergy is that Our Amy and Router are not the best of pals and Amy might like him gone?
Router is part of the Cavan clerical mafia – one of Seanie Brady’s men.
He was a reputation for having a Cavan temper too ?
Then there is talk of Alan McGuckian being transferred from Raphoe?
Alan is quite a nice man. At an ACP conference a few years ago he was one of the few priests to speak to me.
He seems to have become very serious and somewhat overburdened since he became a bishop.
It can’t be easy dealing with an RC diocese these times with so many problems and scandals.
Alan will be 70 in February.
Mind you, D&C could get a lot worse than Alan. He is sincere and says his prayers.
Of the recent bishops of D&C Philbin. Daly and Walsh were already bishops.
I think that Donal McKeown who will soon be 73 is too old?
Donal was a nice man as a priest. He has changed since becoming a bishop – and not for the better in my view.
A PRIEST OF ANOTHER DIOCESE OR RELIGIOUS ORDER?
That could happen. But D&C is quite a senior diocese?
God save us from Joe McGuinness of Clogher, a long term bishop wannabe
It could be a surprise priest from some other diocese or religious order.
FROM WITHIN D&C
I think a D&C insider is highly unlikely.
Are TIMMY BARTLETT’S and EUGENE O’HAGAN’S HOPES UP?
In fairness, Timmy has proven him to be a very able and popular PP in St. Mary ‘s in Belfast.
In one sense it does not really matter who comes as the job description is – “the management of growing decline”.