Bill O’Reilly and Maureen McPhilmy’s divorce gets messy - battle over child custody and religion

FOX News host Bill O'Reilly and his wife Maureen McPhilmy in happier times

Meanwhile Gawker has learned that McPhilmy has been formally reprimanded in writing by her church for continuing to take communion in her Long Island parish despite having been divorced and remarried. The reprimand also instructed her to stop telling her children that her second marriage, to the Nassau County detective that O'Reilly allegedly tried to destroy, is valid in the eyes of God. It warned her that if she didn't comply, harsher measures may be in order.

O'Reilly, who interviewed Timothy Cardinal Dolan for Fox News last year, donated more than $65,000 to New York Catholic parishes and schools in 2011, according to the tax return of his nonprofit foundation, and he carries considerable weight in the archdiocese.

Gawker claims O'Reilly is now busy harassing McPhilmy about the holiness of her second marriage, whilst he tries to deny the existence of his first. According to the website he is seeking an annulment of his 15-year marriage, which produced two children. That would render it invalid in the eyes of God, as though it never happened, even though it produced two children.

O'Reilly's private actions contrast starkly with his public claims in support of the 'stability' heterosexual marriage brings to the culture and his concern about the declining marriage rates in countries that allow gay people to marry one another.