FATHER PATRICK RELIHAN - THE STORY?
|Patrick Relihan celebrating RTE Mass|
FATHER PATRICK RELIHAN the vocations director for the Diocese of Cloyne, Cork, and the curate of Youghal Parish seems to have disappeared from the clergy scene and is now registered on the Cloyne Diocesan WebSite as c/o Bishop's House, Cobh.
Strangely he also appears on another Cork website - in suit and tie - as the "Chief Executive Officer " of a Cork charity called The Matt Talbot Adolescent Services.
Relihan was a very close friend to Bishop John Magee who retired as Bishop of Cloyne in circumstances that can only be described as "overclouded".
|Bishop John Magee|
Patrick Relihan was in The Irish College in Rome with Terry Brady, a former member of The Oratory Society.
I did have occasion to have some correspondence about Father Relihan with Archbishop Dermot Clifford who was in charge of Cloyne from the time that Bishop Magee resigned and the current bishop Willy Crean was appointed.
You will recall from yesterday's Blog that Willy Crean is the one who has forbidden the silenced priest, Father Tony Flannery from speaking in one of the parishes in Cloyne - Killeagh.
It is interesting that Father Relihan is described on the diocesan website as being on "sabbatical" and is spending that time running a Cork charity.
I thought that I had read that Willy Crean had sent Father Relihan for what was called at the time: "further studies".
Every organisation and institution has its own particular euphemisms and over the years it seems to have become apparent that "sabbatical" and "further studies" have been Roman Catholic euphemisms.
As a friend of mine from Mayo used to say: "If you see a pig with two heads say nothing".