St John Ogilvie & “Religious Freedom”…editor
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor will attend a Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral later to mark the saint’s feast day.
The former Archbishop of Westminster will represent Pope Francis who was unable to accept an invitation from Glasgow’s Archbishop, Philip Tartaglia.
Jesuit priest John Ogilvie was hanged at Glasgow Cross for high treason for converting Protestants to Catholicism.
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia will deliver a homily
The Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral will be held at 19:30.
In his homily, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia will highlight attacks on religious freedom, which he will claim, is “fragile, not always recognised, not always respected, in some places denied”.
Archbishop Tartaglia will also commend ecumenical engagement in Scotland.
Born in 1579, John Ogilvie was raised as a Calvinist and was received into the Catholic faith aged 17 in 1596.
He was ordained a Jesuit priest in Paris in 1610 and returned to Scotland, which was largely Protestant following the Reformation and break with the Papacy in 1560.
While in Scotland, Ogilvie was arrested and following torture and trial, was convicted of high treason.
He had been denying the king’s spiritual jurisdiction by upholding the Pope’s spiritual primacy as well as conducting Mass in secret.
He was hanged at Glasgow Cross on 10 March 1615, aged 36. Source
It is a lie to say that St John Ogilvie, Scotland’s only canonised martyr, gave his life in the cause of “religious freedom”. Far from it. Asked why he had returned to Scotland, the saint replied: “to unteach heresy and to save souls”. The concept of “religious freedom” as it is being understood today, is a heresy. Comments invited. Oh and Happy Feast Day!