Glasgow Daily Record [Scotland]
February 9, 2006
THE Record broke the story of how "Father Flash" was suspended from the priesthood after claims of an "inappropriate relationship" with a woman.
Roddy MacNeil was told by his bishop to quit his Western Isles parish, Our Lady Of The Sea on Barra, in December.
His stunned flock were told only that their popular priest, renowned for his sharp dressing and suave manner, had "taken time out to reflect on the future of his priestly vocation".
But we revealed that the real reason the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Ian Murray, had suspended him was because he was having an affair with a woman.
It later emerged that the woman MacNeil had been romantically involved with was expecting a baby and was also his first cousin.
Hilda Robertson had been seduced by the priest after she turned to him for comfort as her brother was dying.
She fell in love with him and eventually left her husband to live with the priest on Barra.
But he went missing when rumours of the relationship began to circulate on the island before Christmas.
One of MacNeil's parishioners on Barra said at the time:
"Roddy is a good-looking guy and very charming. The women in the parish were very taken with his stage presence."
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