Fr. Anthony Egan, the Franciscan priest who is accused of stealing half a million euro to fund his bizarre lifestyle, looks like being expelled from his order.
Here at With O’Leary in the Grave, we believe that people are innocent until proven guilty, and despite his looking more like an elderly X-Factor Judge than a priest, we are confident that – just like a certain Fr. Ted Crilly – the money was simply resting in his account.
So what kind of stuff is he alleged to have spent the money on? Clothes and shoes to begin with. Not really hard to blame him for this. After all, being a priest he’s probably spent his entire life in the closet and old habits die hard.
His interests also apparently include an obsession with the royal family of Monaco, the most prominent member of which is chrome dome prince, Albert II, and being a compulsive liar.
Some of the whoppers Egan is alleged to have told over the years include his claiming to be a psychiatrist (he often referred to himself as ‘Dr. Egan’), and his being an alumnus of Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Harvard has no record of his attendance but we think this is an error on their part.
Forgetting the half a million for a minute though, it is heartening to see that 8 years after Charlie Haughey died his impeccable taste lives on in the hearts of at least a few Irishmen.