Roddy Wright Feet of Clay: An autobiography

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Feet of Clay: An autobiography

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The full story of the respected Scottish bishop who resigned after fathering a child.

In October 1996 the national newspapers began to report the disappearance of the Bishop of Argyll who had been missing for ten days. He eventually reappeared in the North of England supported by a woman he had been having a relationship with. When the news broke another woman disclosed that she too had been involved with the bishop and had given birth to his child.

While the press have not stopped hounding him and his partner, Roddy Wright has given no interviews and made no public appearances. Now, exclusively for the first time, he tells his own shocking story. Set against the background of a childhood in the tenements of Glasgow and his life as a young priest in the Highlands of Scotland, Feet of Clay is a moving and intensely personal story.

Roddy Wright is the first Roman Catholic bishop to have resigned in Britain under such circumstances. Keen to make amends, and full of remorse for his actions, his is a powerful example of human weakness and private passion. A final section reflects on his meteoric career, the pressure of being a ‘professional Christian’ and the temptations of celibacy.

With wide public interest following the press coverage, and a heated debate within the Church about the priesthood, this is more than another ‘shocking vicar’ book but a dignified and touching drama of life, failure and forgiveness.

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In September 1996 the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles was reported missing by the press. Speculations about his whereabouts was intense. When he was found with his female companion in Cumbria, journalists laid siege to the house. It was the start of a shocking and sustained persecution by the media, hungry for the scandal of a Catholic bishop who had fathered a son by a previous relationship, and how now resigned for the woman he loved.

In' Feet of Clay' Roddy Wright tells his own story; his working class childhood in Glasgow and the Western isles; his rewarding years of Christian ministry; his appointment as bishop and his dramatic departure six years later.

This is a remarkable autobiography of the first Scottish bishop to resign in such circumstances since the Reformation. It reveals a man deeply committed to his faith and his God, and the first to admit that he has 'feet of clay'.

"At midday Kathleen and I emerged into daylight for the first time in several days. We cam through the back door and walked to the top end of the sloping garden. Both of us were shocked by the number of media people present. The flashing and clicking of cameras greeted us as we walked, in what was otherwise an eerie silence. I read my statement in what was the most nerve-wrecking moment of our lives."

About the Author:

Roderick Wright is the former Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and was one of the youngest men ever to hold the post. He is an experienced agriculturalist and a keen hill walker.

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