THE UN-DEANING OF THE DEAN !!!
HUGH KENNEDY the administrator and self appointed "dean" of St. Peter's Cathedral Belfast announced at Mass there yesterday that he was leaving his post.
He said that Bishop Treanor had offered him a parish appointment but that a third party had offered him a job as part of a university chaplain team at a London university. He had chosen the university - apparently with the permission of Bishop Treanor.
This announcement brings to an end a long and sometimes embarrassing stay at the cathedral from Dr Kennedy.
He went missing on a leave of absence some years ago after a trip with the Schola Cantorem to London with the choir master Mr Mc Clintock. Rumours abound as to what happened on that ill fated trip. But after an investigation and a two year absence Dean Kennedy was re-installed by Noel Treanor.
Many people think that Hugh was ill suited to the Lower Falls in the first place. Hugh is a man of independent means and could hardly be described as having the common touch. He was out of his depth in the Lower Falls and the Lower Falls needed a more in touch pastor - with as Pope Francis says - "the smell of the sheep" about him. Chanel and sheep smell very differently.
Hugh was the object of constant gossip among the clergy and to a man they all wondered what Noel Treanor was doing by putting Hugh in St Peters in the first place. St Brigid's - yes. Holywood - yes. But the Loney ???
Hugh's time there was compounded by the major scandal involving Father Ciaran Dallat who made a lady from his former parish pregnant.
London will suit Hugh with its vast population, its liberal attitudes and its huge population in which one can become "lost".
I am not so sure about a university chaplaincy?
Many clergy find the university campus with good looking young people a challenge to their celibacy.
I hope that Hugh and Noel know what they are doing?