January 18, 2006

Parish priest fathers child

Belfast Telegraph

By Brian McDonald

18 January 2006
An elderly priest has disappeared after people discovered he fathered a child with a woman less than half his age.

Fr Maurice "Mossy" Dillane (73) is thought to have left the diocese of Clonfert in the Republic to live with a relative after a showdown with a bishop.

News of Fr Dillane's relationship with the woman, in her early 30s, has shocked people in the parish of Woodford-Looscaun, Co Galway.

Fr Dillane had been appointed curate of the parish about 18 months ago by Bishop John Kirby.

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2006 08:21 AM