English Bishops’ Advisor, Convicted Thief/LGBT Activist, Played Key Role in Decision to Close Churches…

English Bishops’ Advisor, Convicted Thief/LGBT Activist, Played Key Role in Decision to Close Churches…

English bishops’ senior health advisor is a convicted thief and lifelong LGBT activist  – Jim McManus [a Scot] was awarded a Vatican medal in 2011 despite his criminal conviction and LGBT advocacy.

HERTFORDSHIRE, England, May 13, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A man who helped lobby the UK government on behalf of the Catholic bishops to close their churches to private prayer is a convicted thief and lifelong LGBT activist who once left his Catholic faith and served as a Protestant minister.

A LifeSite investigation has uncovered that Jim G. McManus, 54, the Vice-Chair for the Healthcare Reference Group for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW), is James Gough McManus, the former minister of an LGBT church who was convicted in 1999 of 11 counts of theft against Northern Counties Trust, a HIV/AIDS charity he reportedly helped to found. He also was named in a legal investigation into his role at the National Health Service’s Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Trust.

After LifeSiteNews contacted McManus about these and other aspects of his multifaceted career, he did not respond personally. Instead we received an email from his solicitor Shubha Nath. An article at the Barking and Dagenham Post about McManus’ 2010 trial was also taken down. (At time of publishing this article, it was still available on Google cache here, but that has now been removed. LifeSite has saved a copy here.)

In late March the CBCEW explained that McManus played a key role in convincing the government to close churches after guidance from the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government directed that “places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer” during the current coronavirus lockdown. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the CBCEW Healthcare Reference Group, McManus is the Director of Public Health for the Hertfordshire County Council.

“Professor [sic] Jim McManus has spoken with a senior civil servant and it was quite clear they just had not thought through the issues of infection and security of churches and when he made these points clear, they were appalled and agreed they had made a mistake,” the Archdiocese of Westminster stated.

In an April 1 article on the church closures, published in The Tablet, McManus explains that he had attended a briefing with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson less than a week before the churches were closed.    Click here to read the rest of this bombshell report…


Jim McManus is from Fife, in Scotland. In 1985 he was the Secretary of the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group, and he has been a devoted LGBT activist for, as they say, ever.   But if you think that might have held him back in his advance within the Church, think again.  The New Morality, like the New Everthing Else is embedded in the Church in this part of the world.  Thus, this lifelong LGBT activist and convicted thief has risen to the giddy heights of being an advisor to the English Bishops, influential enough to be responsible for convincing the UK Government that – in accordance with the Bishops’ wishes – churches should be closed down as part of the Coronavirus restrictions.  A real Prince Judas.   Share your thoughts – with  a mind to your next Confession…   

Comments (29)

  • Lily

    That’s a really shocking report. I read it right through and that Jim McManus is a very dodgy character, indeed. I thought I would copy and paste the following information because it really threw me to think that this person is now working in an important position in the English Bishops Conference:

    “However, LifeSiteNews can now reveal that McManus, the Secretary of the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group in 1985, had by 1995 given up his childhood Catholic faith and become a clergyman in the LGBT-centered Metropolitan Community Church (MCC).

    In 1995 the Newcastle Evening Chronicle interviewed young Reverend Jim McManus about a film featuring a sexually active gay Catholic priest. The MCC pastor explained that when growing up as a Catholic, he “had always been told that homosexuality was wrong.”

    “It was not until I was at university in Glasgow studying Theology that I decided I could not stay in the Catholic Church,” McManus told the Evening Chronicle.

    “I thought God made me this way, and there must be a reason why.”

    He began to train as an Anglican minister but left his first assignment after Anglican parishioners “did not accept the fact he is gay.”

    McManus explains in that article: “I spent years defending why I am gay and Christian. Now I couldn’t care less what people think about my sexuality or my Christianity. I’m living my life the way I think God wants me to.”

    He condemned Catholic doctrine about homosexuality, stating: “Telling people its alright to be gay so long as they remain celibate is like putting them in front of a sweet shop [i.e. candy store] and saying, don’t go in. It really is pathetic.”

    So, that Lifesite article shows that, as well as being a convicted criminal, a thief and an LGBT activist, he’s also been attacking Catholic teaching on homosexuality and worked as a Protestant Pastor and Anglican Minister! It’s hard to believe that with a CV like that, he would be given such an influential position in the Church. God help us all.

    May 15, 2020 at 11:06 am
    • Fidelis


      It’s not too difficult to see how this LGBT activist got into the job he’s in with the English Bishops Conference because they have been big into LGBT Masses for years now. What is surprising is that he has a criminal record of theft as long as his arm, but nobody seemed to have thought that was inappropriate for an employee o the Bishops Conference.

      When you think of the sound Catholics who deserve such an appointment, it is disgusting to see such corruption.

      May 15, 2020 at 11:28 am
    • Laura


      It’s also incredible that this McManus person has done the rounds of the churches, so he’s been a protestant pastor and an Anglican vicar, also a lapsed Catholic -great grounds for getting a job advising the bishops, LOL! I wish I could see the rest of his CV!

      May 15, 2020 at 10:59 pm
      • gabriel syme


        That jumped out at me too. Clearly the man does not actually believe anything in particular, but is simply working his way through whatever organisations will be happy to act as a platform for his activism.

        May 18, 2020 at 11:46 pm
  • wendy walker

    Someone sent me this link and to say I am shocked is putting it mildly..tragic in all respects WHY isnt he in prison ?

    May 15, 2020 at 12:41 pm
    • editor

      Wendy, he’s been to prison – what a CV !

      May 15, 2020 at 4:22 pm
  • Nicky

    That takes the proverbial biscuit! A convicted thief and lifelong LGBT activist, advising the English & Welsh Bishops! Truth really is stranger than fiction!

    Not only that, but he gets to lobby to close the churches during the lockdown. Who would ever have thought it?

    It’s just madness, everywhere you look in the Church and in the world.

    May 15, 2020 at 8:29 pm
  • RCAVictor

    “LGBT activist” = homosexual, let’s not kid ourselves. And if there’s anything that screams “homosexuals in the hierarchy,” this is it. It would be very interesting to discover which [homosexual] bishop appointed this character to this position.

    May 15, 2020 at 8:39 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      You identify the 64,000 dollar question. That’ll be a headline worth looking out for, she said ungrammatically.

      May 15, 2020 at 10:21 pm
    • Laura

      RCA Victor,

      I’m sure there will be more than one. I just don’t know enough about them all to have an opinion about possible suspects, LOL!

      Anyway, it’s dangerous territory, unless we have a positive source, so I suppose I’d better disappear before I am made to disappear, LOL!

      May 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm
  • Laura

    I just cannot believe that the English bishops have given such an important job to a crook – they’re known for their LGBT sympathies, but a convicted thief? That is amazing.

    I wonder if he had any input into the consecration of England to Our Lady a few months back? The irony is just too much. One minute they’re consecrating England to Our Lady and the next they’re leaving a homosexual and a thief to organise closing the churches. There’s just no explaining it, outside of the Fatima warning about the diabolical disorientation to come.

    May 15, 2020 at 10:55 pm
  • RCAVictor

    I just noticed that the coat-of-arms of the English Conference of Bishops has a fleur-de-lis. Anyone know what the French connection is?

    May 15, 2020 at 11:22 pm
    • Cbucket

      Yes. It is a film starring Gene Hackman.

      I’ll get me coat …

      May 16, 2020 at 5:55 am
      • Miles Immaculatae


        Actually, I thought it was a fashion retailer.

        May 16, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor / CBucket,

      I presume the connection is the French Revolution…

      May 16, 2020 at 10:17 am
    • Miles Immaculatae


      The fleur-de-lis is an ancient symbol of Our Lady, who has the moon under her feet and is crowned with twelve stars (Apocalypse 12:1). (Each of the two stars has six points each, twelve in total.) Blue is the colour of Our Lady. This is the heraldic meaning of the shield.

      May 16, 2020 at 5:14 pm
      • RCAVictor


        Thank you for your reply, but I was actually wondering why a French symbol of Our Lady was included on an English Bishops’ Coat of Arms. Does this have anything to do with England’s former name as “Our Lady’s Dowry”?

        May 16, 2020 at 11:29 pm
      • Miles Immaculatae

        I suppose England is Anglo-Norman as much as it is Anglo-Saxon, so England and France share the same heraldic tradition, as well as other cultural and linguistic similarities. The fleur-de-lis is consequently not uncommon in English heraldry, and is used — for example — as a cadence mark. It would therefore be natural for the English hierarchy to have choosen this Frankish symbol for Our Lady when granted their arms. I suspect you are correct regarding Mary’s Dowry.

        May 17, 2020 at 9:41 am
  • crofterlady

    I don’t think it’s fair to label ALL the Bishops of England and Wales as LGBT sympathisers and some of them as closet homosexuals. I know 2 who are good and holy men; granted, they haven’t the courage to stand up to the bullies in the Bishops’ conference, but that makes them weak rather than perverts or sympathisers of perverts. I agree that it is beyond belief that this McManus criminal was appointed by the conference. One thing is certain, on judgement day each and every one of them will be asked to render an account of their stewardship. Woe betide them then!

    May 16, 2020 at 11:24 am
    • Miles Immaculatae


      The psychological pressures of being a closet homosexual and a bishop must be unbearable. The priesthood is not a closet to hide in! But unfortunately, I know a couple of pious young Catholic men with homosexual tendencies who have entered seminary in recent times.

      I think I know which two bishops you speak of. One of them has done much to promote the Traditional Mass in his diocese, the diocese of my home town. I hope he will succeed Cardinal Nichols as Archbishop of Westminster, and president of the BCE&W.

      May 16, 2020 at 5:24 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Despite the two Vatican documents on accepting homosexuals for ordination, it is still going on without a question. Did you see CT’s thread about one such man still in the English College as I write? (Unless they’ve closed that place down due to coronavirus. That might be a blessing in disguise . . . ) The thread is here. https://catholictruthblog.com/2018/11/06/english-college-in-rome-scene-of-latest-seminary-homosexual-scandal

        May 21, 2020 at 11:11 am
      • Miles Immaculatae

        The most recent document, Instruction Concerning the Criteria etc., contains an exemption, that those candidates who present with ‘transitory’ as opposed to ‘deep-seated’ homosexual tendencies may be suitable candidates for ordination. But the document does not give any further guidance about what these terms actually mean in practice, and it would appear to be entirely open to interpretation by bishops and formation directors. Essentially, any same sex attracted man may be ordained should he successfully demonstrate that his homosexuality is not ‘deep-seated’, whatever that means. I would have though that one is either attracted to the same sex, or one is not.

        I believe some homosexual men enter the seminary who have been habitually continent and intend to be chaste, and they naively and immaturely believe that the priesthood will give meaning to their state of unchosen singleness… “If I am going to be single anyway then I might as well become a priest, and also it will help avoid awkward questions about why I haven’t married a woman yet.” I have known priests such as these, and some of them are good and devoted priests, but I do pity them somewhat… They are essentially trapped.

        May 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm
      • Athanasius

        Miles Immaculatae

        Good points.

        If the instruction/criteria you cited was addressing a response to adolescents with a same-sex attraction, then I could understand the word “transitory”. Since it addresses an adult situation, however, it’s clear that any hopes of “transitory” are long gone, it is by then “deep-rooted” or fixed. That means such men can never be accepted for ordination, for obvious reasons.

        May 21, 2020 at 4:21 pm
      • Miles Immaculatae


        Another point… The mention of adolescents is irrelevant, because only adults can be admitted to major seminaries (age 17 in canon law I believe, and many seminaries won’t take under 18). 17-18 is still a late age for sexual identity instability, and one would assume that such instability would be surpassed age 15 the latest. I don’t think there is such a thing as ‘deep-seated’ homosexuality. It’s not a term one encounters in the psychological and medical literature, contemporary or historical. It appears to me to be a term made up by the author of that tedious document. The document is largely ignored in any case, as my experience attests.

        May 22, 2020 at 4:09 pm
      • editor

        Miles Immaculatae,

        I think, with respect, that you are misreading the reference to adolescents.

        I take it to mean that, in the discernment process, if a student admits to having had the temptation to homosexuality in his teenage years, but that has now passed, then he can be considered as a serious candidate. But that it has to be clear that any such temptation has not recurred in at least the three years prior to ordination to the diaconate.

        It may be that it is I, not you, who has misread the statement but that’s what I have believed since the first time I read it. Indeed, since, as you rightly say, there won’t be any adolescents IN the seminary, I can’t see any other way to interpret that part of the document.

        Having said all that, I’m afraid that the absolute prohibition on accepting men with homosexual tendencies, ought, in fact, to cover all such situations – it is imperative to be on the “safe side” in this matter, given the scandalous recent cases e.g. McCarrick & Co.

        May 22, 2020 at 4:41 pm
      • Lily

        Miles Immaculatae,

        I take it you are referring to this passage:

        “Different, however, would be the case in which one were dealing with homosexual tendencies that were only the expression of a transitory problem – for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded. Nevertheless, such tendencies must be clearly overcome at least three years before ordination to the diaconate.

        So, I don’t think it’s quite fair to say it’s not clear. Three years before being ordained deacon is quite along time.

        May 21, 2020 at 5:15 pm
      • Miles Immaculatae


        It’s been a very long time since I read the document, perhaps a decade, so I did not mean to misrepresent it.

        The men I have met who have entered seminary were adults, not adolescents. Presumably they believed that the document did not apply to them, because in their estimation they did not have ‘deep-seated’ homosexual tendencies. So for these men, and the men in charge of their formation, it would seem that there exists a distinction between ‘deep-seated’ homosexual adult males and ‘ordinary’ homosexual adult male. The point I am making is that the document should never have made such a distinction in the first place. It just leads to more problems.

        The distinction that exists in my opinion is between habitually continent homosexuals and homosexuals who habitually commit mortal sin against the 6th commandment. But this distinction is irrelevant, because even habitually continent homosexuals should’t be admitted to the priesthood. I don’t feel that this point is emphasised in the document.

        May 21, 2020 at 7:32 pm
    • editor


      I don’t see where anyone has suggested that ALL the Bishops of England and Wales are LGBT sympathisers but, it would be nice to hear from some of them, at least, that this is not the case, to hear the teaching of the Church, the moral law on this expounded, as is their duty.

      Just a thought!

      May 17, 2020 at 12:24 am
  • Viv

    Let Mr McManus defend himself and give his side. Do you ever pray the Gospels? The Women caught in Adultery – “go and sin no more” – perhaps Mr McManus has turned his life around at the invitation of Christ? What about Moses and Saul – all sinners – who radically changed. If he has LGBT sympathies – who knows what work of the Church he is doing to this marginalised community. Give the man a chance to tell his side.
    So long as a priest or bishop is celibate – it does not matter if they are gay or straight. We should pray for these men – that they are properly supported in formation and in ministry – not criticise them behind a website.

    Editor: Goodness! Such righteous anger! I take it you’ve lodged your complaint with the original publisher of this report, at Lifesitenews? In case, not, here’s the link again which I posted in the introduction… I’ll maybe tell them to expect your complaint…

    May 27, 2020 at 11:41 am

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