Glasgow Pride: Priest Under Fire For Prayer of Reparation – Bravo, Father!

Glasgow Pride: Priest Under Fire For Prayer of Reparation – Bravo, Father!

 Below, report in Evening Times, dated 17 July, 2018, with Catholic Truth editorial comment in blue, italicised throughout. 

Fr Mark Morris

A CATHOLIC chaplain of a Glasgow university has held a service to atone for the “gross offence” of Pride Glasgow.
Ed: well, thanks be to God that there was at least one act of reparation for this “pride in our sin” parade through our city, in flat contradiction to the city motto which is “Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of Thy word and the praising of Thy name.”

Father Mark Morris, of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, last night invited parishioners to a rosary of reparation.
Ed: bravo, Father!

According [to] the Balornock church’s website, the service was a “Rosary of reparation for the gross offence to God which is Pride Glasgow.”
Ed: bravo, Father!

Saturday’s Pride march was led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who called the event “celebrating and reaffirming the values of tolerance, diversity, equality, love and respect.”
Ed: there should never be any celebration and reaffirming of sin, especially in a city bearing a motto of dedication to  Christ: “Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of Thy word and the praising of Thy name.”

But last night Father Morris, who is the Catholic chaplain of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), held a service offering decades of the Rosary, Litany and Benediction in reparation for the LGBTQI+ event.
Edthus providing an opportunity for all concerned to affirm their stated devotion to the “values of tolerance, diversity, blah blah…”

Jordan Daly, Co-Founder of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), which campaigns for inclusive education in schools, said it was “sad and disappointing” to see Father Morris’s “condemnation” of the event.
Ed: why on earth is it “sad and disappointing” to see a priest upholding Catholic moral teaching?  Would you prefer that he lacked integrity and praised what any Catholic worthy of the name knows to be a grave offence against God – objectively, a sin deadly to the soul? I thought the whole idea was that in our “inclusive” society we can “celebrate” and “tolerate” ALL views, beliefs blah blah?  Yeah, right. 

He said: “The Pride parade was, as always, a vibrant and colourful display of diversity, acceptance, and inclusivity.
Ed:  not in my experience.  These “pride” parades comprise a procession of half-naked people, cavorting and being sexually provocative in their behaviour. Not nice, to put it mildly. If that’s “a display of diversity blah blah” you can keep it.   

“The ethos of the parade is equality and love, so it is sad and disappointing to see that Father Morris has countered those fundamental values by holding this service and allowing a narrative of exclusion and condemnation to enter the mainstream as a result.”
Ed:  superficial junk-think. These terms are flung around without any definitions being offered.  Equal to whom?  What KIND of “love”?  The LGBT etc agenda is dominating the conversation and we are not allowed to ask these questions. Let anyone call this sin a sin, and pray in reparation, as Fr Morris has done (to his eternal credit), and he is accused of conducting a “narrative of exclusion and condemnation”.  From junk-think to  junk-speak.

Father Morris celebrates Mass on Thursdays in the Faith and Belief Centre in the university’s William Harley Building, and hears confession.
A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Glasgow said: “This was a private parish devotion unrelated to Father Morris’s role as chaplain.”
Ed what a dereliction of duty.  How DARE this “spokesman” for the Catholic Church in Glasgow, whoever he is, fail to point out that Father is doing no more than his duty as a Catholic priest in praying for and making reparation for serious sin. And, furthermore, that he is always a priest, whether in his parish or in a university or any other place where he is appointed to BE a priest for the people in that place.  Just WHO is this spokesman?  Ronnie Convery?  Doesn’t he know that the Archbishop of Glasgow, when he was appointed to the Diocese of Paisley, condemned the LGBT etc lobby outright and urged us all to be prepared to go to prison rather than remain silent or support this evil?  Has Mr Convery forgotten this wee detail? How typically convenient. 

A spokesman for the university said GCU is fully inclusive.
Ed: well, what’s the problem?  Why are you so annoyed at Fr Morris, or does “inclusivity” just mean you include LGBT etc people and their supporters?  Nobody else is “included” in your “inclusivity”?

He said: “The university is strongly inclusive.
Ed:  You’ve still not explained what this means – IS Fr Morris included in this “inclusivity” or not? 

“We respect and promote equality and diversity.
Ed: no you don’t. Otherwise you would respect Fr Morris’s right to hold any kind of prayer event he wishes, in his own parish. 

“This includes an official presence at the last two Pride Glasgow events.”
Ed:  it’s the norm, now,  to be politically correct, toeing the LGBT etc propaganda line, to go with the flow. Few challenge it. Group-think rules. To quote G. K. Chesterton: “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”

But Jordan added: “We are concerned about the message that this could send to the young people of Glasgow Caledonian University, and so would like to stress that these predictable voices of opposition are becoming increasingly drowned out by a Catholic and wider faith community which is supportive of LGBT equality.
Ed:  Jordan’s “concern” doesn’t say much about two things; firstly, the quality of students at Glasgow Caledonian University, who apparently can’t be exposed to any thinking person who goes against the establishment/popular view in society, and secondly, the Catholic community which, if it is “supportive of LGBT etc equality” is about as Catholic as the nearest Church of Scotland congregation.  There were Catholics like those at the time of the Reformation. They were called Protestants then, and that is what they are now – protesting the teaching of the Catholic Church, in this case, on sexual morality. 

“There were many people of faith who attended the Parade this weekend and in our efforts to advance LGBT-inclusive education in schools, we have been strongly supported by numerous Catholic Priests and their parishioners, as well as Church of Scotland and Scottish Episcopal Church ministers.
Ed:  that is utterly scandalous.  Faithful Catholics have a right to know the names of priests who “strongly support” LGBT etc education in schools. Their hypocrisy and duplicity must be exposed. They are living a lie, and stealing from parishioners who are donating to parish funds in the belief that their priests at least believe the doctrines of the Faith in their entirety. 

“Our experience working with the Scottish Catholic Education Service as part of the Scottish Government’s LGBT Inclusive Education Working Group has also been nothing but positive and productive.
Ed: again, that is scandalous, but we have known this for a while, thanks to the SCES openly boasting about the “safe spaces” they are making available for “gay” pupils in Catholic schools. 

“We know that those who support the LGBT community outweigh those who endorse intolerance and I imagine that the number of attendees to this service in contrast with those who attended the Pride parade would further prove that.”
Ed: now, you do have a point there. Thanks to the loss of divine and Catholic Faith within the Scottish hierarchy, which has trickled down to the majority of the clergy, there are now so few Catholics left in Glasgow that there are plans afoot to close and merge umpteen formerly thriving parish churches.  One day, however, these bishops and priests will be called to account for their negligence, for allowing themselves to be so seduced by worldliness that they actually fell into apostasy.  What a price, then, to pay. 

NUS Scotland’s LGBT+ Officer Kai O’Doherty added: “NUS Scotland is proud to be at the forefront of breaking down barriers facing LGBT+ people.
Ed: now there’s an original mantra…

“Universities should be a place where every student, regardless of religion, sexuality, or identity, feels accepted and supported to study without fear of discrimination.
Ed: even students who disapprove of same-sex activity?  Really?  I’ve heard stories galore of students being harassed and insulted for just expressing a contrary view on social media. In one case, the student had to take flight to Spain to complete her studies! No, tolerance really isn’t a hallmark of this whole LGBT etc juggernaut. 

“Everybody within our university communities has a duty to ensure that campuses are compatible with the accepting and progressive culture that they strive to achieve.
“We’re proud of the progress that has been made, but every day we are reminded of how far we still have to go to achieve a truly inclusive society.”
Ed: more junk-think but note:  anyone who is not in favour of the “progressive culture” (where every sin and then some is acceptable and promoted) is not given a place on the “inclusivity” bandwagon. 

Following Ms Sturgeon’s involvement in Pride, a Scottish Government spokesman said: “Scotland is considered to be one of the most progressive countries in Europe regarding LGBTI equality, and Pride Glasgow is a fantastic event that brings communities together and celebrates all that LGBTI people contribute to Scottish life.

“As a society we must champion equality and fairness at all times and defend the progress that has been made.”
Ed Hmmmm. Doesn’t quite tie in with the city motto, does it:  “Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of Thy word and the praising of Thy name.”

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Comments (125)

  • richeldis

    In terms of putting pressure on Caledonian University, I would suggest your excellent letter-writers bypass Principal Gillies. Write politely and informatively instead to those who fund her, or who are above her. The Chancellor is Muhammad Yunus – a Bangladeshi Nobel Prize winner who set up credit unions in his home country to help the poor and homeless. Surely Fr Morris’s sterling work in this sector would gain him sympathy and help. Ann Gloag also provides sponsorship for Caledonian projects. Not sure about Brian Souter. I doubt either of those two philanthropists would support Gillies in this, and should be made aware of what is going on. It was financial pressure from donors at Oxford that prevented Rhodes’ statue being torn down. Just my twa bawbies.

    July 23, 2018 at 9:50 pm
    • editor


      Thank you for that information.

      Hopefully, assuming you’ve written to those whom you name in the belief that they would be sympathetic to Father Morris’s plight, those good people will have, by now, intervened to add their voices to ours and to the pleas of those students who have posted their support for Father on Facebook and called for his reinstatement.

      We look forward to hearing from you if and when you receive a formal response to your communications.

      July 24, 2018 at 12:16 am
  • editor

    Update from Lifesitenews in which our blog gets a mention:

    I also had to write to the Bishop of Galloway, to send his copy of my round robin letter, because I discovered that I had been blacklisted and so my emails were not being received.

    The Bishop’s secretary has now replied to say that this is being reversed – the Bishop didn’t know about it but since I included the email address of an employee who – at one time – was in email correspondence with me, briefly, I think he’ll be able to work it out.

    July 24, 2018 at 1:38 pm
  • Helen

    It’s quite simple: Fr. Morton is not a man of God and should be sacked Pronto. If I had children in any of the schools which he pollutes, I’d be furious. The diocese would be bankrupt following my lawsuits!

    July 24, 2018 at 6:19 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    200 Rabbis call out LGBT movement for using ‘terror’ tactics to promote lifestyle contrary to Torah…

    The issue from this item from lifesitenews does use the expression ‘terror tactics’ for getting what it wants – objections to their lifestyle is not to be tolerated. And it mentions problems of children raised by same sex children, could be a possibility.

    This article seemed relevant, given that Father Morris was dismissed from his post as Chaplain. I do wish Pope Francis would give some plain speaking on such matters.

    July 28, 2018 at 9:22 pm
  • editor

    Please sign this petition for David Skinner (of no fixed “denomination”!) who was assaulted at a “Pride” in our sin parade but the police are not charging the attackers – another blatant injustice

    July 31, 2018 at 5:55 pm
  • Therese

    This is a very good article by Mary Wakefield at The Spectator

    August 1, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    • editor


      Brilliant piece – many thanks for posting it.

      Not sure the congregation will be too delighted at being described as “elderly and conservative” but hey, the expose on the Principal, Pamel Gillies, alone makes it pure dynamite!

      If the Archdiocese does not stand up to this bullying on behalf of Fr Morris, and if another priest is appointed to that university, there will be very loud noises from Catholic Truth. More than that, we are not saying at this time, but do watch this space.

      August 1, 2018 at 4:59 pm
  • Helen

    That’s a great article in the Spectator, Therese. Thanks for posting it. Has there been any peep or chirp from Fr. Morris’ bishop yet? His dismissal is just plain silly and I cannot believe that there is not rumpus taking place about it. My auntie said that in the old days when “bishops were bishops and pansies were but flowers”, the bishop would have made mincemeat of MZZZZZZZZZZ…….Gillies and her cohorts.

    August 2, 2018 at 1:03 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Even the National Secular Society has attacked the University for sacking Fr Morris.

    Of course, they use the linked article to sneer at belief and attack the concept of chaplains in general, but on balance they support Fr Morris and his right to express his view (i.e. the view of the Church).

    Glasgow Caledonian University mishandled the case of Mark Morris. In mid-July the university sacked Morris from his position as a Catholic chaplain after he said the Pride Glasgow march had caused “gross offence to God” and invited his parishioners to a “rosary of reparation”. After what an LGBT group at GCU called “a string of complaints”, he was investigated and removed from his position.

    Not everyone loves the Pride march and nor should they have to. Morris’s views, which were not delivered on campus, should simply have been a matter for his church and those who wish to praise or criticise it.

    How sad it is, that an avowedly anti-religious body like the NSS has publicly supported Fr Morris, but Archbishop Tartaglia has not.

    August 2, 2018 at 2:40 pm
    • gabriel syme

      I have now emailed the Archdiocese, expressing my regret that Fr Morris has now received more public support from the NSS than from his own Archdiocese:

      Your Grace,

      I write to inform you that today, 2nd August, the National Secular Society (NSS) – no friend of the Church or faith groups in general – has published an article publicly supporting Fr Mark Morris who was recently sacked as chaplain by Glasgow Caledonian University. Please see the text and link below this email.

      As far as I am aware, this means the NSS has now done more to publicly support Fr Morris than has his own Archdiocese. This is a lamentable and absurd situation. I would like to see this put right immediately, not least given some ~1,500 people have already signed a petition asking you to act publicly in support of Fr Morris.

      It cannot be allowed to pass that secular bodies can dictate what goes on in Catholic Churches. This affair has very serious implications regarding freedom of expression, freedom of worship and the security of employment of faithful Catholics.

      The University has directly discriminated against Fr Morris, essentially sacking him for be a Catholic priest who preaches Catholic doctrine. It is even more outrageous, given Fr was conducting prayers in his own parish Church, distinct from the University. Were Fr Morris a representative of Islam, Judaism or the LGBT movement, I have no doubt that legal proceedings would already be underway.

      I look forward to your robust response to the University in short order. If this outcome is meekly accepted, as seems to be the case, then we can expect a slew of similar cases.

      August 2, 2018 at 3:16 pm
  • Helen

    “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad”. The clergy I mean, especially the cowardly, spineless bishops! They must be mad, deluded or they would wake up and act to save the Church.

    August 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm

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