Edinburgh Social Services Accuse SSPX of being Sect – Parents fighting to prevent children being taken into care…

Edinburgh Social Services Accuse SSPX of being Sect – Parents fighting to prevent children being taken into care…

Saints Margaret & Leonard, SSPX chapel, Edinburgh...

The following email from an Edinburgh reader arrived in my inbox this morning, and after due consultation, I have been granted permission to publish it: the names of the parents have been withheld. 

Email from Edward (not his real name)

Can I ask you all to pray for [names withheld] who attend the SSPX chapel in Edinburgh? They have a meeting tomorrow with the Social Services who are trying to take their children into care. Apparently when one of the children walked into a tree and grazed herself someone reported them to the Social Services who accused [the child’s father] of causing the cut.

They are now bringing the SSPX into the case claiming that [the parents] belong to a sect which is not recognised by the Catholic Church and “which holds many contentious points of view, including anti-Semitism and holocaust denial, among many other things.” The Social Work Manager claims that the children are “being exposed to controversial views preached at the church.”

[The father] has often complained to St. Mary’s school in Leith about certain things being taught in the school which were contrary to Catholic teaching and is obviously regarded as a troublemaker. I suspect that it is the school who have contacted the Social Services.

Please pray that all will go well for them tomorrow. Ends

In a subsequent email, “Edward” disclosed the fact that the Archbishop has shown himself to have “no problem with the SSPX” and so those involved in trying to help the parents are confident that he will agree to help the family by explaining that the Society is not a sect, and that anyone regularly attending the chapel will affirm that the allegations of anti-Semitism, holocaust-denial and the like in preaching at the chapel, are totally without foundation.  

Note: the dual purpose of this thread…

1)    to seek prayers for this family, for all the spiritual sustenance necessary to withstand this intrusive attack on their family life, with the attendant anxiety and worry.  

2)   to highlight the dangers for parents of pupils in the Catholic education system, if they seek to question any materials or content which they consider is contrary to Catholic  teaching. No “dialogue”, no “parental involvement” allowed here…

On the contrary, “Liberal tyranny” is alive and well and working hard here in Scotland, for all the world to see.  From the sinister Government Named Person Scheme, a spy in every home, for every child, before and after birth, until the child’s 18th birthday, to the equally sinister persecution by pseudo-experts of parents who dare to insist on an authentic Catholic education for the children they have chosen to send to a Catholic school.  At least, in this case, it seems that the Archbishop is seeking to be fair and there has been  a move to put the family in touch with a Canon Lawyer, so we must give all credit to the archdiocese on this occasion. Let’s pray that they are minded to help this family to achieve justice. 


Pray for this family – and share your thoughts on the sheer audacity of that person or persons who think nothing of lying, blatantly, in order to undermine parental rights, Catholic family life, and the reputation of the priestly Society of Saint Pius X.   

Comments (61)

  • gabriel syme

    What a chilling story, I hope the family are OK and the matter is being resolved sensibly.

    While I have a low opinion of the public sector in general, it seems social services seek to employ a special type of idiot. Unthinking morons who act like automatons and are complete strangers to common sense.

    They routinely ignore genuine cases where children are in genuine danger, which sometimes results in deaths, and instead expend their energies attacking innocent families on the most absurd of basis (as in this case).

    Those involved in this case have obviously googled ‘SSPX’ and found years-old scare stories about Bishop Wlliamson etc. That’s probably what passes for investigative work these days, instead of e.g. attending a service at the Church, or telephoning the prior to have a discussion.

    You can bet that, if the child who had the injury had belonged to a devil-worshiping homosexual couple, or radical muslims, social work would have sat back in silence, or condemned the “homophobia” / Islamophobia of whoever raised concern.

    I am sorry to hear that the family does not have a good relationship with the school. From what I have heard from other SSPX-attending families is that their local Catholic school (Glasgow) has been very accommodating of their traditionalism and has been respectful of their wishes for children not to attend modern masses etc. Perhaps there is an element of ‘pot luck’ in terms of what kind of person the head teacher is.

    While we know that Catholic schools of today are not places where children learn or experience anything worthwhile about the Catholic faith, I think for many people they are still the least poor choice available. (If home school is not feasible and boarding school undesirable).

    Of course, this does depend on the school understanding / respecting the fact that the family seeks only authentic Catholicism and so does not wish to participate in any modern rubbish.

    September 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm
    • Hope

      Much of what you say I agree with.I have looked quite closely at the Catholic schools and my understanding in Scotland is that parents have a right to withdraw their children from r.e even in a Catholic school although it suggests it might be slightly more difficult.However where as you say parents wishes are respected i think whilst it’s not ideal it can work.Personally educating one’s children alongside predominately non Catholic children especially in glasgo w is a no go .I feel for these parents very much even with the now good outcome but undoubtedly this will always follow them around now which is both unfair and very sad.

      September 12, 2018 at 8:37 pm
  • Fidelis

    I take it this school refuses to take children from Mormon homes and other sects? They are taught all sorts, including that it’s wrong to have a blood transfusion. I bet if they tried, all hell would let loose in the MSM.

    September 13, 2018 at 8:29 pm
  • crofterlady September 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm
  • crofterlady

    Oops! Hope this copy and paste works:

    BLOGSADOPTION, FAMILY, FREEDOM Tue Sep 18, 2018 – 3:44 pm EST

    UK social services are taking away record numbers of kids…leaving parents terrified
    Forced Adoption, Social Services, Uk

    UNITED KINGDOM, September 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Having your children taken away by the state is one of a mom’s or dad’s worst nightmares. Unfortunately, this happens to thousands of parents in the United Kingdom every year–and not always with good cause.

    According to the UK Sun, the number of children ripped from their parents through “forced care orders” rose from 7, 550 to 10, 130 in 2017: an increase of 34%. When you factor in children taken away with the parents’ say-so, the number rises to 32,810.

    Anyone who reads the British newspapers or women’s magazines knows stories about children who were taken away because social workers wrongly accused the parents of abuse. One of the best known is that of Jill Goss, whose daughter Alyssa was taken from her when she was 10 weeks old.

    Having seen a swelling on her daughter’s arm, Jill took Alyssa to the hospital. Doctors found tiny fractures they said could have been caused by the Vitamin D deficiency for which the baby was already being treated–but Jill was arrested all the same. Although the charges against Jill were dropped, Alyssa was taken from her and given away in adoption. When she became pregnant with her son, Jill fled to Spain. She says social workers threatened to take her baby when he was born.

    There are also stories of children being taken from parents because they are overweight, or don’t brush their teeth, or even allegedly because they were not taken out for an ice-cream cone on one occasion. There’s the story of the Courtnages, parents who lost both their sons after the mother took her youngest to the hospital: he had a swelling on his head. Two doctors suggested it was a fissure, a third thought it was a fracture. The parents were not charged or convicted of any crime–but both boys were taken away and adopted by others.

    Even some justices think social workers are too quick to remove kids. This past June, judge Sir Andrew McFarlane , the President of the Family Division, said that the courts were seeing too many cases that were not serious enough to excuse taking children from parents.

    “It may properly be said that we have reached a stage where the threshold for obtaining a public law court order is noticeably low, whereas, no doubt as a result of the current financial climate, the threshold for a family being able to access specialist support services in the community is conversely, very high,” he said.

    But it’s not just poor families that are at risk of having their children taken by the state. Jill Goss is a hairdresser. The Courtnages were an engineer and an accountant when their sons were taken. Now they run a charity for parents of other “forced adopted” children. The theft of children by the state is something that could happen to any parent in the UK, and thus something for all UK parents to worry about.

    September 18, 2018 at 11:45 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Editor / others,

    I wonder: has there been any update on this story?

    Hopefully he matter has been resolved in a fitting way and the persecution of this family has ceased.

    I was going to say: I hope social services “come to their senses” – but they would first need some sense!

    October 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      Sorry to have taken so long to answer your enquiry – I have now checked with our source who tells me that the family has lodged an appeal – if you recall, last we heard the family had attended a meeting with Social Services, and were told to expect a letter within days, presumably setting out arrangement for “working with” the family.

      The family, I’m now told, have lodged an appeal.

      The Archdiocese has also been helpful regarding the allegation that the SSPX is a sect.

      The Chancellor supplied a letter from the Archdiocese saying the SSPX marriages are valid, and thus, the Society cannot be a sect, but part of the Catholic Church.

      So, let’s keep this family in our prayers.

      October 6, 2018 at 9:20 am
      • gabriel syme


        Many thanks for this update, which I have just seen today.

        Good news that the Archdiocese was helpful. And yes let us keep the family in our prayers.

        October 10, 2018 at 8:27 am

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