By John Clark
During Bill O’Reilly’s recent divorce, the news personality tried to get his former wife kicked out of the Catholic Church, according to a report from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
O’Reilly and his former wife, Maureen McPhilmy, were separated in April 2010 and eventually finalized a divorce in September 2011, according to sources.
Sources suggest that O’Reilly effectively tattled on his former wife, who reportedly continues to take communion at a Catholic church, despite her prior divorce and remarriage.
Thanks in part to O’Reilly’s alleged efforts, the church issued McPhilmy an official reprimand, and asked her to refrain from telling her children that God approves of her second marriage, according to sources.
And sources note that McPhilmy could be excommunicated from the church if she refuses to abide by its directive. Sources also reminded readers that O’Reilly recently donated more than $65,000 to the local Catholic archdiocese.
Sadly, the dispute over McPhilmy’s participation with the Catholic Church may have been prompted by the mother’s efforts to change their child custody agreement.
As part of the divorce settlement, the parties agreed to share legal custody of their two children, but this agreement only lasted a month before McPhilmy returned to court.
According to sources, McPhilmy learned that her former husband had hired a neutral family therapist to work with his household staff, which troubled her because she believed that the therapist performed “virtually all of his parental duties.”
This, claimed McPhilmy, was a violation of the couple’s divorce agreement, which required O’Reilly to actually function as a responsible father, rather than simply delegate the duties to someone else, as his former wife alleged.
The mother further claimed that the assignment of the neutral therapist to what amounted to a nanny arrangement undermined “the integrity of the agreement’s custodial provisions,” because the therapist was supposed to be a “neutral third-party arbitrator” between the divorced parties.
As the parties try to sort out their child custody dispute, and as they continue to fight their now-public battle over McPhilmy’s controversial participation in Catholic services, O’Reilly is also looking to obtain an annulment of the couple’s 15-year marriage, sources say.
If he is successful in his latest effort to earn an annulment of the marriage, both the church and the courts will treat the marriage as if it never happened, which, if the former couple’s actions after their divorce give any indication, would likely be embraced by both parties.