September 17, 1996 in Nation/World

Missing Bishop Returns, Resigns

Compiled From Wire Services

A Roman Catholic bishop who disappeared last week with a woman parishioner returned Monday and announced he is resigning.

The Right Rev. Roderick Wright, 55, bishop of the western Scottish diocese of Argyll and the Isles, begged forgiveness from fellow clerics and the family of parishioner Kathleen Macphee, a divorcee in her early 40s.

Wright had been counseling Macphee recently over the breakup of her marriage, news reports said.

Wright was reported missing a week ago. Around the same time, Macphee, who has three children, ages 15, 18 and 24, disappeared from her home in the town of Fort William.

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