Former Wicklow rectors

Published 03/06/2004|00:11

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Two former County Wicklow Church of Ireland rectors have found themselves in difficulties in the United States. Former Rector of Rathdrum, Rev. Christopher Halliday, has been suspended form ministering for three years by the American Anglican Church after admitting to having an extra-marital affair.

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Two former County Wicklow Church of Ireland rectors have found themselves in difficulties in the United States.

Former Rector of Rathdrum, Rev. Christopher Halliday, has been suspended form ministering for three years by the American Anglican Church after admitting to having an extra-marital affair.

Meanwhile, his wife, Rev. Paula Halliday, former rector of Crosspatrick and Carnew, has been criticised by the church in America for allowing a lesbian marriage in her church in Maryland.

Rev. Christopher Halliday took over Rathdrum parish after the murder of Rev. Stephen Hilliard in the late 1980s.

Paula Halliday became the first female ordained in the Church of Ireland in 1994 and served in a parish in Mayo before moving to Tinahely to be nearer her husband.

They emigrated to the US in 2000 to work in adjoining parishes in a rural part of Maryland.

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