Exclusive: Father Flash in Cash Probe

By Janice Burns
Glasgow Daily Record [Scotland]
February 11, 2006

ROMEO priest Roddy MacNeil is at the centre of a church cash probe, it was revealed last night.

The priest who replacedMac- Neil, 46 - known as Father Flash - on the Hebridean island of Barra has reported the parish accounts are missing. And the Catholic Church yesterday confirmed they are investigating.

MacNeil, whose cousin Hilda Robertson is expecting his baby, has been in hiding since before Christmas. His affair with Hilda emerged after he was suspended from his parish.

AChurch spokesman said last night: "All aspects of the administration of the parish will be examined."

As priest, MacNeil had responsibility for parish funds.

Despite only having a £200-a-month allowance, he enjoyed flashy cars and expensive holidays and had a boat on South Uist.

Achurch source said: "The parish could have been collecting up to £1000 a week.

"The parish council and the new priest, Father Michael Hutson, have searched everywhere but they can't find any record of where the money went.

"The big problem is that no one knows where Father Roddy is. He's hiding even from the bishop."


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