Embattled bishop still has support in Cloyne

Controversy has followed the career of the former private secretary to three popes

10th January, 2009

John Magee was marked out as a high flier from the time the 18-year-old Newry teenager joined the Kiltegan Fathers in 1954.

Ordained in Rome on St Patrick’s Day 1962,Magee spent six years in Nigeria before returning to Rome as Procurator General of the Kiltegan Fathers and, from 1969 to 1975, as an official of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.

Recognising Magee’s talents, Pope Paul VI asked him to become...

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