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Monday, March 01, 2010


LINDSAY SELBY WRITES: Clem Skelton was a film photographer with Loch Ness Investigation people from the early days.

I was told he was a Catholic brother in the early 1960s when he first went to the loch. I can remember him having a smelly dog that everyone called "Horrible" but don't know if that was its real name.

But (and it is a but) I am sure I could remember him having a wife, which if he was a Catholic brother, would not be right. So does anyone know if Clem is still alive or if he left the faith and got married or is it my memory going?

Thank you.


Ego Ronanus said...

A Catholic brother does not make a lifetime commitment to celibacy. They can quit their order after a number of years and can then marry.

C-E C said...

Ego is correct but another point to make is that both brothers and sisters (nuns) can be lay people. I had a cousin who was a lay sister in the Roman Catholic church. Although she never married, this was down to personal choice rather than prohibition. Lay brothers and sisters seem to have similar status as fully professed members because when my cousin died she was buried in a traditional nun's habit.