Nicola Sturgeon’s Enthusiastic Talk on Catholic Schools Leaked To Catholic Truth! Quite A Scoop!

Nicola Sturgeon’s Enthusiastic Talk on Catholic Schools Leaked To Catholic Truth! Quite A Scoop!

As the proud pro-abortion, pro-LGBT rights leader of a country with, as I keep reminding everyone, the values of a progressive, liberal democracy, I’m stunned delighted to be asked to mark the Centenary of the Catholic Education Scotland Act 1918 and the partnership between the Catholic Church and the State in Scotland in the provision of education to our young people in Catholic schools.

And this partnership is working very successfully, with Catholic schools in Scotland now providing safe spaces for LGBT pupils. Of course, we’ve a way to go. I believe Catholic schools in England are now allowing gender neutral uniforms, with one pupil making “their” First Communion in a white trouser suit because that child now wishes to identify as a boy. I’ve not heard of any similar cases in Scotland but maybe Scottish Catholic schools will, er, follow suit, to so speak, soon, not to fall behind in the progressive, liberal stakes.

Abortion is still a bit of a hot potato in the Church, I know. Still, now that the truly wonderfully progressive and liberal Pope Francis has given a pontifical honour to the internationally acclaimed Dutch abortion activist, Liliane Ploumen, it’s only a matter of time before we can get those pro-abortion, pro-contraception posters into every Catholic classroom.

And, of course, we’ll have our spies Named Persons in place by that time, supervising parents and dealing with those reactionaries who don’t like living in a progressive, liberal Church. So, thank you for inviting me to give this prestigious lecture. I knew we were making progress but I’d no idea you were already so stupid enlightened as to invite someone who is not a Catholic and who is, in fact, completely committed to progressive, secular, liberal values to speak on the subject of Catholic education. Oh, and I mustn’t forget to congratulate the Catholic sector on your excellent exam results. The pupils DO learn arithmetic, reading and writing and that is absolutely praiseworthy. Well done!

Thank you, all especially Bishop Keenan for his support for my invitation to address you all here today. Oh and, er, if there IS a God, may he (or she) go with you!


Obviously, the above “leak” is no such thing. It’s our satirical take on the disgraceful invitation from those running Catholic Education in Scotland to a wholly “liberal” politician, who has not a scintilla of interest in supporting Catholic schools.   The fact is, if Catholic schools were doing their job, the  First Minister would have made her excuses to decline the invite.  It’s only because they are failing as Catholic schools that (a) she would be invited in the first place and (2) she could agree to give the Cardinal Winning Lecture.  At least one bishop – John Keenan of Paisley – supports this year’s choice of speaker. Click here to read more, and then share your thoughts…


Comments (22)

  • Faith of Our Fathers

    Just seen this as I was bringing the Milk in so to speak and she doesn’t Half Milk her Position. Personally I cannot stand the Wummin or indeed the Scottish Parliament as a whole it is as one Would say a Homosexuals Paradise. There is noway this Wummin should be lecturing us on Catholic Education . A Wummin who chided and scolded Clarkes for daring to sell Shoes with Boys and Girl tags on them . No everything to do with this annoying person is Anti Catholic. Why doesn’t she if she ain’t Anti Catholic put her money where her Mouth is and stop Orange and worse still those now Annual Parades of Debauchery which are called Pride . Everything she stands for and her Nationalist Party are Anti Catholic . She would Gieyeitheboak.

    January 30, 2018 at 5:01 am
  • Lily

    I definitely think the invitation should be withdrawn.

    I thought the Cardinal Winning lectures were to remind us of the Cardinal’s great pro-life work and I would have thought the topic would always be connected to pro-life in one way or another. Nicola Sturgeon is working for the Culture of Death as Pope JP2 called the pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia culture of the twentieth century which has carried on into the twenty first century.

    I’m very disappointed about this and I will be even more shocked if any bishops or priests attend it.

    January 30, 2018 at 10:06 am
  • Fidelis

    This sort of scandal comes about time and again because of the heresy that you can separate Church and State. In saner times, Nicola Sturgeon or anyone else with her views, would never have been invited to give such an important talk on Catholic schools.

    January 30, 2018 at 11:34 am
  • Helen

    Does anyone know whose decision this was? Can the hierarchy not veto the talk? What a sham a pro-abort like Sturgeon giving what is essentially a pro-life talk!

    Is it just me or are more and more young Scots simply fed up with this woman and her dreadful fascist government?!

    January 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    • editor


      If you read page 15 of the February newsletter, now online, you will see that Bishop Keenan is at pains to say that this invitation does not come from the hierarchy. That’s because they sold out the schools when they got rid of the Catholic teacher training college at Bearsden, but as I say in my footnote, the hierarchy remains culpable. The hierarchy is morally responsible for this scandalous invitation and every other anti-Catholic activity that goes on in Catholic schools, no matter how hard they play the “legal” card.

      Click here to reach the February 2018 newsletter.

      January 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm
  • RCAVictor

    This is like inviting Fr. James Martin, SJ, to speak to seminarians on chastity and traditional marriage…

    January 30, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      RCA Victor,

      That’s absolutely correct. How terrible.

      January 30, 2018 at 5:06 pm
  • Don Bosco

    In just about every supposedly Catholic publication, as well as one or two secular publications, Bishop John Keenan’s defence of the University of Glasgow’s invitation to Nicola Sturgeon to give the Cardinal Winning lecture has featured prominently. The Cardinal Winning lecture has been the leading academic feature of Catholic Education Week for over twenty years and was originally held in St Andrew’s College of Education, Bearsden. The college merged with the University of Glasgow in 1999.

    The invitation to Nicola Sturgeon is particularly significant this year. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Education (Scotland) Act which brought Catholic schools into state control. Bishop Keenan, the bishop of Paisley, was forced into defending the invitation on his Facebook page following heavy criticism. He was quick to point out that, although it was the University of Glasgow who issued the invitation and not the Bishops of Scotland, he supported the decision to invite one of the most divisive figures in modern British politics.

    The decision to invite Nicola Sturgeon is scandalous. Her party pursues a rampant, secular agenda that any communist would be proud of. Her support for abortion is absolute, even to the extent of her encouraging women from Northern Ireland to come to Scotland for a termination. She completely ignored the will of the Scottish people and brought forth legislation to redefine Marriage, legislation which eventually passed. Faithful to the totalitarian nature of her party, Sturgeon has driven forward the despised “Named Person” legislation which will appoint a state guardian to every child in Scotland. She is the very last person who should be invited.

    Of course, this is all just the result of a set of much bigger problems. The Scottish Bishops, as demonstrated by Bishop Keenan’s woeful capitulation, are willing to compromise the Truth for the approval of the godless state.

    Much is made of the fact that Nicola Sturgeon is a supporter of Catholic schools. This is a red herring. Our schools are not Catholic! In a promotional video made for Scottish Catholic schools, much is made of them having excellent results and that they are happy places. The same could be said of many non-Catholic schools.

    The fact that Scottish teachers will scramble for tickets when they become available show how astonishingly confused teachers are. Moreover, if Catholic schools were truly Catholic and formed strong Soldiers of Christ who knew the Faith well, Nicola Sturgeon wouldn’t be at all in favour of Catholic schools.

    January 30, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    • Laura

      Don Bosco,

      A brilliant post from you – well, well said!

      I completely agree that this is one exceptionally scandalous invitation and I voted that it should be withdrawn in the poll up top, although almost 21% have voted “no” it should not be withdrawn. What on earth are they thinking of?

      I think the failure of Catholic schools for decades is now coming home to roost. The teachers you say will be scrambling for tickets for the Nicola Sturgeon talk, are the same people who were taught in Catholic schools that are really far from Catholic. It’s a vicious circle. Until the hierarchy act to clean them out, things will only get worse.

      January 30, 2018 at 7:19 pm
    • editor

      Don Bosco,

      I agree with Laura – terrific post.

      I think most would presume from your knowledge, not to mention your username, that you are a teacher. Must be difficult these days, with different types of issues to face…

      January 30, 2018 at 10:11 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Don Bosco,

      I totally agree with you that the decision to invited Sturgeon is scandalous.

      I also can’t see that the bishops of Scotland are not responsible for this – surely the buck stops with them when it comes to inviting speakers to address teachers and priests on the subject of Catholic education?

      February 1, 2018 at 3:46 pm
  • Athanasius

    The simple truth is that the Catholic hierarchy in Scotland has long succumbed to the world and the praise of men. Our Lord warned His Apostles: “if they world hates you, know that it has hated me first”. The Apostles understood this and refused to “dialogue” with a world whose “prince” is not Christ. Scotland’s bishops, sad to say, have chosen the opposite path and we can all see the destruction their cowardice has visited upon the Church in Scotland as well as on the Catholic souls under their care. Nicola Sturgeon’s invitation to give the Cardinal Winning lecture is the ultimate proof of their treachery. How can any of them even begin to pretend that this is not a huge scandal and a betrayal of the divine law. “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

    January 30, 2018 at 11:25 pm
    • Josephine


      I wonder what you think of the Bishop of Dunkeld who I keep hearing is very traditional. This report was on Rorate Caeli

      My own guess is that he is a good bishop working behind the scenes on the other bishops, but I suspect the bloggers here won’t approve of that, and expect him to speak out publicly. What is your view?

      January 31, 2018 at 11:45 am
      • Nicky


        I’m always in two minds about this, because I can see how difficult it must be to speak out alone, and also perhaps foiling your progress working quietly among the group.

        On balance, then, I think keeping one’s powder dry and working solidly is the best way. Our Lord taught to be “wise as serpents” and that’s what I think the good bishops are trying to do these days. Bishop Robson has a very good reputation among traditional Catholics, so I am sure he will be doing his best to fight for the faith in his own way.

        January 31, 2018 at 1:06 pm
      • Athanasius


        It’s good to see a Bishop like Bishop Robson returning in part to the old Mass and ceremonies, it suggests he has his heart in the right place. However, it doesn’t matter what I or anyone else on this blog thinks of his not taking a public stance against Conciliar Modernism, it’s what Our Lord will think of it.

        Maybe Our Lord’s words apply here “you cannot serve two masters”. While I think he is well intentioned, Bishop Robson is hardly the stuff martyrs are made of. I personally prefer prelates and clerics who take a firm stand for Tradition, come what may. Still, Bishop Robson is a definite improvement on what we’ve had in the way of hierarchy in Scotland these past forty years. Maybe things are beginning to change by the grace of God.

        January 31, 2018 at 1:55 pm
      • Michaela


        I’m like Josephine in that it’s difficult to know what to say about the silent “resist” bishops, but your comment about how does Our Lord view these bishops is at the heart of the dilemma.

        The question is, what would happen to Bishop Robson if he broke ranks and spoke out against Pope Francis? Would he be persecuted by his brother bishops, including the one in Paisley who is so keen to present himself as “orthodox” and even sympathetic to the traditionalists?

        My own guess is that he wouldn’t be openly persecuted, but quietly sidelined.

        Like you, I’m grateful to see Bishop Robson as a definite improvement on what we’ve had in the past and currently in most cases. We should pray for him, especially.

        January 31, 2018 at 3:41 pm
      • Allan

        It’s not so much what his brother bishops would do to a bishop who broke ranks to criticise Pope Francis where he is errant, but what the media would do. They would crucify him, and so many gullible Catholics would fall for their propaganda.

        I think the “wise as serpents” verse applies here. If we only have one “traditional” sympathising bishop that’s better than what we’d have after a media onslaught, which would be zero such bishops.

        January 31, 2018 at 5:14 pm
      • Lily


        I think you’re correct. The media would have a field day with any bishop who stood up for the faith and morals against the prevailing wind. I definitely agree and so I think you’re right to say “wise as serpents” is the way to go.

        Bishop Robson has a really good reputation and I have no doubt that he will be having an influence on the other bishops. I’m hoping he is the next Archbishop of Glasgow and maybe then Cardinal. That would be fantastic.

        February 1, 2018 at 2:24 pm
      • Margaret Mary


        “However, it doesn’t matter what I or anyone else on this blog thinks of his not taking a public stance against Conciliar Modernism, it’s what Our Lord will think of it.”

        Absolutely. That’s why I think, on balance, that it might go better for him with Our Lord if he does the courageous thing and speak out. Maybe make clear to his brother bishops that he will do so and try to get a united front going to speak out against Pope Francis’s scandals, but I can’t see how not speaking out can be justified at this late stage. That leaves Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider out there alone to take the flack.

        February 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm
  • Fidelis

    Personally, I think speaking out is always the right thing – silence suggests consent, as the saying goes. It would be good if even one bishop spoke out against the Nicola Sturgeon invitation, explaining why. It could be done nicely, with courtesy, but I think it’s important to do it.

    February 1, 2018 at 5:33 pm
    • Lily


      But isn’t it more important to say it to the other bishops, to try to get them seeing the error of their ways? Plus, there’s probably some kind of protocol now, with these Bishops Conferences, that means individual bishops are not really supposed to issue individual statements? Not sure about that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one maverick would irritate the rest of them and not sure there’s much point in doing that.

      Saying that, I would be very pleased if one bishop did issue a statement decrying the invitation LOL!

      February 2, 2018 at 8:56 pm

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