In the last few days, I have been contacted by a number of UK media and journalists with regard to the Bobby Byrne scandal in Hexham and Newcastle.
The story has hit the mainstream media, and a number of very capable hacks are digging and digging deep.
It seems to me that the scandal is set to deepen and draw in other senior and junior clerics.
Was the UK nuncio Gugerotti determined to have the episcopal heads of STEPHEN ROBSON of DUNKELD and ROBERT BYRNE of Hexham and Newcastle before he left The UK to take up a job in the Roman Curia?
They are both gone !!!
The relationship would see Keith “Bunny” O’Brien fulfil his promise to Stephen “Petal” Robson, to be the auxiliary bishop of Edinburgh.
Bunny O’Brien fulfilled his promises by making Stephen Petal Robson an auxiliary bishop, much to the annoyance of Mike Regan, the Cathedral Administrator. Mike was so annoyed by Bunny O’Brien’s broken promise of a bishopric that not only did he hide Petal’s crozier and mitre just before the ordination Mass but he was one of the four ex partners who brought Cardinal Bunny O’Brien down before Mike himself passed away of ………..
The minute O’Brien was exposed, Pettal Robson cut him off as quickly as Cushley was to banish Petal to Dunkeld at the first opportunity.
Robson became close to seminarian Christopher Morris, recently ordained by Bishop Holy Toaly for Motherwell.
Christopher Morris had been expelled from seminary , but Stephen Robson’s assistance finished his studies.
When Christopher Morris was in Oscott seminary, Bishop Robson visited him there.
On those visits, Robson stayed with Robert Byrne, who was the auxiliary bishop of Birmingham.
We have not heard the end of this saga.
It seems that there are wheels within wheels, and the English and Scottish bishops are preparing themselves for a lot more in-flight turbulence 😞