Scots Priest Challenges Bishops’ Response To Lockdown & Covid-19 Restrictions

Scots Priest Challenges Bishops’ Response To Lockdown & Covid-19 Restrictions

On this, the Feast of St Michael, The Archangel, Defender of the Church & The Faithful, a priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow – Father Stephen Dunn – speaks out against the closure of churches during lockdown, and the ongoing government restrictions being enforced in Catholic churches…

An Open Letter…

Dear Members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church in Scotland,

“Then he said, Son of man, remember everything I say to you, listen closely, and go to your  exiled country men and talk to them.  Tell them, ‘The Lord says this whether they listen or not.’”   – Eziekiel, 2, 10-11. (Office of Readings, Monday, week 24)

“This is My Son the Beloved with whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!’ – Mathew, Mark & Luke’s gospel.

This morning I was deeply saddened and angered when I saw people having to be denied entry to one of our Catholic churches in our Archdiocese of Glasgow because there were 50 people already in, and in obedience to Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, and the guidelines issued by the Archdiocese and the Bishops Conference of Scotland, this procedure had to be carried out.  I was subsequently told that a man, his wife and his child, having travelled 15 miles were turned away a couple of weeks ago, again because 50 were already in.

ENOUGH  of  this  suppression, intimidation!  

This is disgraceful, shocking.  “Could you not spend one hour with me?”  No you can’t,  because Philip Tartaglia and the Scottish Bishops conference says no – only 50 are allowed in;  we are going to be obedient to government guidelines and not allow any more than 50 people in.

Obedient to a Government which advocates  Adultery, Abortion, Sodomy, and Transgenderism?  Please tell me one of those that is pleasing to God? 

Why are the Bishops of Scotland being obedient to such law makers? Being obedient to laws/directives made by a fascist, Communist government which drove fear into people and makes them act in fear, a government which you are obeying!  Our Lady warned at Fatima, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.  I am aware that is not unique to Scotland, but as a priest ordained 26 years ago for Glasgow in Scotland I am going to focus my criticism/argument  there.

One of these persecutions of the Church is happening now.   The government, in its freedom removal and fear laws, said churches were to be shut, God’s people were not to gather at His house and celebrate/receive  the Sacraments, the primary means of the Salvation of their souls.  Bishop,  are you of God or of the world?

This  intimidation is happening before your very eyes and you happily go along with it.  Is this good shepherding?

Never  in the history of  Mother Church, has she been subject to the laws of the State.   The Church is not and never has been subject to the State; this is clear in all Encyclicals regarding the relationship between Church and State issued by the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. It is frightening that Bishops have compromised this clear teaching by their obedience to the State,  to the point where Sacraments, the primary means of  salvation, are being denied even to the dying. Shocking.

And  do not dare tell me that this is because of Covid 19, a disease which has a recovery rate of 99.79%! Yes a fatality rate of 1 in 500.  A disease, which 42 studies showed  by 39 – 3, that if treated promptly  and with the correct and proper dosage,  of  hydroxychloroquine, full  recovery increases by 33 – 50% ! 

See the facts  for yourselves!

– this is not a study but a review of 42 studies!

Ed:  I’ve removed this link because YouTube later marked the video “unavailable”… 

For the purpose of the points/criticisms I make, I shall quote Truth given by Our Lord in the 4 gospels, showing how these present actions are against His will, contradict His will. I will also refer to other Scripture quotes and the lives of the saints.

From the start our Bishops closed our churches, the dwelling place of Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament.

Holy Water was removed from our fonts with which we bless ourselves on entering Jesus’ house, reminding ourselves of the covenant God made with us at Baptism – “Unless you are born of water and the Holy Spirit you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” – John 3. 

Is God going to use Holy Water to pass disease to faithful followers of His son who remind themselves of His covenant?

The weekend before we entered national lockdown on Monday 23rd March the Bishops closed our churches, denying access. “Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me,  for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls!”-  Matt 11.

When the sheep were frightened and scared of the Covid wolf, you shepherds denied them entry to be with their Master, He through whom they were created, their Saviour, in His Real Presence, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Sorry to say it, but I say directly, this is Shocking, Disgraceful.

Consider the prayer taught by the Angel to the little children at Fatima –

My God I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not Adore, do not hope and do not love you. Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore you profoundly and I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, truly present in all the Tabernacles of the World in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And through His Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of you the conversion of poor sinners. Amen

You, Bishops of Scotland, you denied adoration, you are the ones who presently cause the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended, by denying the sheep time in the Real Presence of Jesus.  And at a time when they need it most.

You may reply:  But they might have had Covid,  brought it  and passed it resulting in an outbreak which would have resulted  through their coming to Church!

Is the Father going to allow His Son’s house to be the centre of disease and the passing of disease when the sheep come to His Son to find peace for their souls!  No. 

 When the Son of Man comes will He find any faith on earth?”  – Luke 18.  With such chief shepherds as we have, sorry Lord Jesus, it looks very unlikely.

What guidance and example do the saints give us, actions  that  will please the Father?

 St Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of our Holy Catholic Church,  says regarding shepherds i.e., Bishops and we priests who have advocated and followed the above practices; said on Monday, week 24, Office of Readings:

“So let us see how the Word of God, that flatters no one, addresses the shepherds who are feeding themselves not the sheep. ‘You take the milk, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed my sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the crippled you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought; any strong one you have killed; and my sheep are scattered because there is no shepherd.” 

Not only did you close churches and stop people from spending time in the Real Presence, you stopped funerals denying the grieving time at the Lord’s  altar,  to pray for their loved ones:  “All I ask of you is that you remember me at the Altar of God” – St Monica.

In hospitals where people were dying,  they were denied access to priests, and so to the Sacraments, the primary means of the salvation of their souls,  the Forgiveness of Sin, Absolution for their Souls, which would have placed their souls in a state of Grace,  so helping them to remove the fear of death, helping them to find peace in Jesus’ mercy… 

As the Compendium Catechism of the Catholic Church, written by Pope Benedict XVI,  says:

How are sins remitted? (#200)

The first and chief sacrament for the forgiveness of sins is Baptism.  For those sins committed after Baptism, Christ instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance through which a baptised person is reconciled with God and with the Church.

Why does the Church have the power to forgive sins? (#201)

The Church has the mission and the power to forgive sins because Christ Himself has conferred it upon her: “Receive the Holy Ghost, if you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” – John 20

This mission of yours, this duty as shepherds, you neglected, by not making sure a priest was available to the dying in a time of great fear.

“But he could have caught Covid and might have died!”  I hear you reply.

Will the Father  allow disease to pass to a Priest/s, with whom Jesus has shared His priesthood, as he tries to worthily celebrate the Sacraments, the primary  means of Salvation, to sick and dying souls?   Have you any faith, trust in Jesus who has shared His priesthood with you? He whom St Paul tells us in his letter to the Philippians: “If our life in Christ means anything to you” (it should be the centre of our priesthood) “if love can persuade you at all, or the Holy Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and mind.” 

That common purpose and mind must be to follow the actions and teaching of Christ – was He scared to touch the lepers?  In the Gospel Jesus tells us of the son who said “yes”, he would go to his father’s vineyard and work but never went. On being installed Bishops, you promised to go and look after the Lord’s flock, but you have gone to the world instead, listened to its instructions and imposed them on the people, failing to implement Jesus’ teaching and ways.

Lives/example of the saints –

St Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, feast 17th Sept,- During the time of great disease, at the time of the Reformation, the plague which ravaged Europe, he went about cleansing  and dressing the wounds of those infected by the plague;  what hand sanitizer was he using? Please tell me if you know – I better get some!

St Mother Teresa served the poor looking after them, dressing their wounds, helping them in their illness. What age did she live to?  87!  How many followed her, joined her order, she who trusted herself completely to the service of God and her neighbour. “By its fruits shall you know the tree.”  

If we are truly trying to be shepherds through the priesthood Christ has shared with us, these are the examples we should look to, copy and so trust in the power of Christ, as we try to do the will of the Father through the prompting of the Holy Ghost,  and without fear.

And finally to the Mass and how it has been changed by you Bishops.

Mass, the celebration of Christ’s offering on the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins, the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, where we hear the Word of God to help us guide our actions to show our belief in Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

You shut our churches, denying people the Mass, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ: “I tell you most solemnly, if  you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood you will not have life within you.” – John 6:53.

You stopped the sheep from receiving the Lord in Holy Communion at the time when they needed Him most.  Instead of doing what Christ instructed you did what the Government instructed: 

Do not get close to each other. Priests, keep people apart, distancing them from each other, no singing, the liturgy must be celebrated in a very basic way. You must make the faithful wear masks,  despite the  fact that the WHO admitted to the BBC that its June 2020 mask policy update was due not to new evidence, but “political lobbying”. – D Cohen, BBC Medical Correspondent     Yet, the people are  hindered in their ability to speak, to enter God’s Presence, showing their facial individuality, how God created them.  Disgraceful.

On 3rd September, in the Tridentine calendar, we celebrated the feast of St Pius X, great pastor of the flock, who realised the full value of the liturgy as the prayer of the Church that is pleasing to the Father.  You hinder such celebration in your clear obedience to the world.  Why?

One cannot help but think that if the Lord Jesus came into such churches, He would tear down your tape, cast aside your sanitizer bottles and masks and say My Father’s house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a worldly den  which follows practices of the world and the flesh! Be gone!  – Matt,  21.

Priests have to sanitize hands before giving out communion – as Philip Tartaglia said to me in a letter instructing me to follow guidelines, or else!  People should leave the church after receiving Holy Communion; they should not remain/return to benches. People are to be denied time in the Real Presence of their  Saviour, He who sacrificed Himself for the forgiveness of their sins, their Lord and Master.  This directly contravenes the example of the saints of the Church who in their lives show the importance of spending time in the presence of Jesus, having  just received Him.

“The Bishops of Scotland have agreed to suspend the choice of distributing and receiving Holy Communion on the tongue during the current pandemic for reasons of infection control. This is not an attempt to change liturgical laws. It is a reasonable temporary measure to adopt in this pandemic.” – letter  sent by email to me from Philip Tartaglia, 20th August 2020.

You Bishops have no right, no such power  to remove people’s choice to receive Holy Communion on the tongue!

It is for people to choose, not you to dictate things contrary to the teaching and rules of Mother Church.

Is Jesus, who is using the priest, with whom He has shared His priesthood, going to pass disease through their giving of Holy Communion? Again I quote, When the Son of Man comes will He find any faith on earth?” 

According to Scripture in the Office of Readings of the last few weeks, the Lord asks of His shepherds, on numerous occasions, through the Prophets, and very precisely here: “When the upright man renounces his integrity to do evil and I set a trap for him, he too shall die for his sin and the integrity he practised will no longer be remembered; but I will hold you responsible for his death.” –  Ezekiel  2:20

By publishing this letter, as a priest who is struggling in the present situation, I truly believe I am acting in obedience to God’s will, pleasing the Father and following the prompting of the Holy Ghost by giving clarity through Christ’s words, not mine. I believe that by my quotes from the Gospels, I have declared myself for Jesus in the presence of men as Jesus commands and, I believe, a true shepherd should.  (Matt, 10:32)

To you, the people of the Body of Christ in Scotland, the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church I ask your prayers, especially before the altar of God. I am a sinner with faults and failings, some say many faults and failings.  Many will assure you “that you definitely won’t see a halo over  Dunn’s head!”  However, even with such weakness and faults,  I believe that I have a duty  to make this letter available to you, in obedience to God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, to address grave failings and incorrect directives from our Scottish Bishops.

To those whom I accuse, I say reflect, realise what Christ wishes of we Shepherds, and like the Prodigal Son, come back to the Father – remembering that Christ tells us, ”There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than ninety-nine good men who are in no need of repentance.” – Luke, 15.

And as individuals,  let  none of us forget:  “Remember dear Christian:   You have but one soul to save, One God to love and to serve, one Eternity to expect, Death will come soon, Judgement will follow, And then, Heaven or Hell for all Eternity!”  (St Teresa of Avila).

Yes, we priests have many souls to save, and because more has been entrusted to us in priesthood, the greater our Judgement!

God Bless you all, and may we all be united in Christ Jesus to carry out His will.

Christ’s brother in priesthood,

Fr Stephen Dunn
Priest of 26 years of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.
[email protected] 


Father Stephen Dunn has honoured Catholic Truth by permitting us to publish the above letter.  We thank him for this, and I have already assured him that our readers and bloggers will be praying for him.  It takes courage for any priest to speak out in this way. 

Father Dunn regularly offers the Traditional Latin Mass.  He learned the Mass on publication of Summorum Pontificum, and at that time his main reason for wanting to learn the old Mass was because his father, Dr John Dunn RIP, a supporter of Catholic Truth from the beginning of our publication, had stipulated that his funeral Mass must be offered in the Traditional rite.  Father has come to fully appreciate the old rite, especially in its reverence, and he now offers it as often as possible.

Please express your support for Father in the comments below, and remember to pray for him because, as we know, while dissenting priests are protected and promoted in the Church at this time of apostasy, loyal priests who preach and defend the Faith are, sadly, more often than not punished at some level – we have all been following such cases, most notably, recently, the case of the American priest, Father James Altman.  

Comments (242)

  • Michaela

    That is superb letter! It is very heartening to know that there is even one priest in Scotland who is prepared to call out the Bishops’ neglect for what it is and also his brother priests who are obeying these government rules without question.

    Quote: Many will assure you “that you definitely won’t see a halo over Dunn’s head!” He’s obviously got a great sense of humour, LOL!

    I’ll certainly be praying for Father Dunn – I sincerely hope he does not face the same harassment as Fr Altman in the USA. .

    September 29, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    • editor


      Yes, it is, really, a superb letter. It’s a letter into which a lot of prayer and deep reflection has been invested.

      We must remember to pray for priests like Father Altman and Father Dunn who show evidence of possessing the true priestly spirit which is about more than simply (albeit crucially importantly) administering the sacraments.

      Our Confirmation duty to be soldiers of Christ, fighting in defence of the Faith applies to us all, priests included. And we have our heritage of wonderful missionary priests, saints and martyrs to prove the point…

      September 29, 2020 at 6:51 pm
      • Denis McGrory

        ‘Brilliant, the bishops have become civil servants with a mitre to control and a crozier to beats with.
        Thanks Fr Dunn

        October 1, 2020 at 8:56 am
      • editor


        Spot on! Haste ye back!

        October 2, 2020 at 11:04 pm
    • Nicky

      I was thinking of Father Altman as well, when I started to read Father Dunn’s letter. I’m not sure what has happened to Father Altman but I don’t think his bishop would dare to punish him, given the support he’s had from the public. I’m sure that would stand true for Fr Dunn as well.

      September 29, 2020 at 11:41 pm
    • Margaret Mary


      Superb letter – I agree!

      October 5, 2020 at 11:43 am
  • Josephine

    What a brave priest! Goodness, we’ve waited so long for a courageous priest or bishop in Scotland to speak out, against the tide. Thank God for him! He’s quoting scripture and saints to back him up so I can’t see how the powers-that-be can do anything to him.

    Just like Archbishop Vigano Father Dunn has mentioned Fatima – it’s really only those who are knowledgeable about the Fatima apparitions and their significance right now, who have the savvy to speak out, because they know what they are talking about. The rest of the clergy are like the blind leading the blind.

    September 29, 2020 at 2:08 pm
    • editor


      Father Dunn has a great devotion to Fatima. I think I’ve said on the blog before, that it is really only those who know the reality, and comprehend the gravity of the Fatima apparitions and prophecies, who can see clearly the significance of what is happening in the world and the Church right now.

      September 29, 2020 at 6:53 pm
  • RCAVictor

    May Our Lord and Lady bless you richly, Father Dunn, for your bravery! And may St. Michael the Archangel, and all the Heavenly Host, come to your aid in your battle against these derelict shepherds.

    September 29, 2020 at 3:25 pm
  • Charles Mc Cusker

    I very rarely, in fact almost never, agree with anything CT publishes, however on this occasion I congratulate CT on publishing Fr. Dunn’s letter: many of his points expressed are ones which I have huge sympathy with, particularly that of the question on how on earth or in heaven can one contract Covid19 or pass it on whilst distributing the Holy Eucharist. I have never believed that distribution or reception of the Sacred Species would bring about the death and destruction foretold by the scare mongers of the secular world.
    My only point of disagreement would be in receiving communion on the tongue! To forego doing so for the moment I believe to be a safe practise as the virus can be spread through droplets/saliva etc. For those who find this a hardship then to offer that up for the Holy Souls and as a penance may actually do some good; just a thought.

    Here in London, I will simply say thanks be to God for Tyburn Convent who have NEVER closed their doors and the laity have a source of adoration of the BS daily(no restrictions), but don’t tell everybody as everyone may wish to visit!!!

    Perhaps the Monastery in Largs has a similar policy.

    September 29, 2020 at 3:41 pm
    • Charles Mc Cusker

      Also, could Fr. Dunn’s letter be sent to the Episcopal Conference for England and Wales, just asking!

      September 29, 2020 at 3:43 pm
      • Fidelis

        Charles McCusker,

        I wouldn’t do that. The Bishops of Scotland might just send him south of the border to join his letter, LOL!

        September 29, 2020 at 5:14 pm
    • editor


      I’m wounded! You seldom agree with anything CT publishes – would you be so kind as to offer an example or, maybe, two? I’m genuinely interested to know what it is to which you object.

      September 29, 2020 at 6:55 pm
      • Charles Mc Cusker

        The deliberate blackmailing of a Seminarian, now a Priest DG, is just one of many of CTs disgraceful and small minded attitude to those who differ in their opinion to those of the small number of CT bloggers.

        Editor: we have never blackmailed anyone – ever! So that is a falsehood. I take it that you refer to our reports on the scandalous failure of the English College in Rome to implement the Church’s directives on who may and may not be admitted to seminaries and ordination. For the purposes of both exposing your false claim that we have ever “blackmailed” anyone, and to refresh our memories about the situation which resulted, as you rightly say, in yet another homosexual being ordained to the priesthood in defiance of the prohibition on admitting, not just homosexuals, but even those “who support the gay culture”, I’m appending the link to the relevant blog discussion.

        This, in turn, contains a link to the original discussion. Oh, and for the record, God’s moral law is not a matter of “opinion” – it’s (literally) written on stone… The Church did not invent it but is merely charged with defending and promoting it.

        There are too many for me to go into. Just accept that this occasion is a rarity for CT

        Editor: nonsense. As you have just proven, the only people who dislike Catholic Truth are those pseudo-Catholics who do not accept the teaching and discipline of the Church. Goodness, I receive friendly, supportive emails from Protestants who are faithful to the moral law, God bless their tartan socks. So, take an hour off from being a pain in the neck and reflect. Preferably with a copy of the Catechism of the Council of Trent in front of you.

        Note: no further posts will be published from you on this topic. Please stick to the thread topic from now on. Thank you.

        September 29, 2020 at 7:40 pm
      • editor

        Charles McCusker,

        Seems your troublemaking has backfired.

        And the following message has just arrived in my inbox – thanks again, Charles!

        Westminster Diocese put their own propaganda photo on Gloria TV and EN News have responded by linking their article exposing AB in 8 languages! You’ve just gone global, Editor!

        September 30, 2020 at 10:57 am
    • Athanasius


      The Church has passed through many more deadly plagues than this scam virus over the centuries and never once used them as an excuse to commit sacrilege against the Blessed Sacrament. People who receive Communion in the hand, unless uneducated young people led astray, DO NOT believe in the Real Presence. They simply cannot believe or they would never contemplate this appalling Protestant abuse. I include priests in this!

      September 30, 2020 at 12:52 am
      • Charles Mc Cusker

        All I will say to your comments on what believe or do not believe if they receive the Blessed Lord on the hand is a scurrilous judgement on their personal faith which you DO NOT have the right to make.
        I suggest you acquaint yourself with what that same Lord stated clearly about judging others, then repent of making such judgement on the faith of others simply because they do not do as you do!!!
        Editor: nasty personal remark removed – please read our House Rules before commenting here again. Thank you.

        October 1, 2020 at 1:36 am
      • Stephen Whitley

        Charles by receiving communion in the hand there is a very high risk of fragments off Jesus dropping on the floor and as a result of this Jesus is being trampled in to the ground. I don’t recall Judging anybody I was just putting a valid point across. Please look up John Henry Weston 5 reasons For receiving communion on the tongue.

        October 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm
    • Stephen whitley

      Charles you are slowly heading in the same direction as the bishops, you obviously didn’t listen to the words of Fr Dunn. Forgive him Lord for he knows not what he says. Receiving communion in the hand is wrong, the host should only come into contact with consecrated items. Why would God give you the virus whilst receiving him in communion on the tongue.

      October 2, 2020 at 9:27 pm
      • editor


        Thank you for your stout defence of the Blessed Sacrament.

        Please know that you are welcome to return anytime – we need all hands on deck as this crisis in the Church worsens – like a progressive cancer…

        October 2, 2020 at 11:06 pm
  • Laura

    I’m not like Charles McCusker in that I can never see anything to disagree with on CT – it’s full of orthodox Catholic teaching, so what’s not to like?

    I do agree with Charles about the letter – it’s brilliant. Very clear and to the point.

    With respect, Charles, I would say that by objecting to Communion on the tongue you are making the very mistake that Father Dunn is writing about, i.e. that God will not let any priest suffer disease through giving Communion in the traditional way, on the tongue. How come priests haven’t been dying for centuries of infections of one kind or another, because it’s only recently that Communion on the hand was allowed – and the infection is spread through the hand, LOL! As usual, the bishops get tied up in knots trying to do the wrong thing! Thank God at least one of the priests sees that.

    I will definitely pray for Father Dunn – if he is mistreated the way Fr Altman is being mistreated, I hope Catholic Truth will organise a big fightback on his behalf.

    Thank you, Father Dunn! God will bless you for your courage! I don’t agree about the halo, BTW, I think we’ll see one on you eventually!

    September 29, 2020 at 4:38 pm
    • Charles Mc Cusker

      Laura, I think we will have to agree to disagree on the form of reception of the Holy Eucharist which an individual may choose. Either on the hand or on the tongue is an individual decision which can be made, without judgement from others, ( I am not suggesting you personally are making any such judgement, btw). The Lord sees the heart as man does not and that is what matters.
      The virus does exist, that is a fact! Whether it exists at the level of apocalyptic and seismic level which the Gvt would have us believe is very debatable but nevertheless it is appropriate to take some measures to prevent its spread as with any infectious disease.
      No longer giving the Precious Blood via the chalice is a practical and safe measure for example due to the possibility of infection being passed to others.( though personally I will look forward to the day the church reverts to allowing the chalice only on special occasions, weddings, funerals, major feasts of the Lord and the BV etc rather than everyday).
      Taking these measures does not lessen in any way our faith in Christ,but rather allows charity to be practiced

      September 29, 2020 at 6:16 pm
    • editor


      I sincerely hope it won’t be necessary, but we will certainly do everything in our power to assist Fr Dunn – as long as it doesn’t entail handing him my last few packets of chocolate biscuits, count me in 😀

      September 29, 2020 at 6:57 pm
      • Margaret USA

        September 30, 2020 at 5:40 am
      • editor

        Hilarious, Margaret USA. Made me smile!

        September 30, 2020 at 9:06 am
      • Margaret USA

        I knew you’d like it. ☺

        September 30, 2020 at 2:12 pm
      • Helen

        Haha, hilarious Thank you Margarret USA.

        October 2, 2020 at 10:36 pm
  • Fidelis

    I agree, totally, that it’s a magnificent letter. I would only query this one thing. Father is giving and answering a possible excuse from the bishops:

    “But he could have caught Covid and might have died!” I hear you reply.

    Will the Father allow disease to pass to a Priest/s, with whom Jesus has shared His priesthood, as he tries to worthily celebrate the Sacraments, the primary means of Salvation, to sick and dying souls?

    But, should the reply not be that if that happens, if priests become infected as a result of administering the sacraments, then, so be it. That would be God’s will for them? I’m not sure that we can presume that priests won’t be affected or anyone be affected by giving and receiving the sacraments.

    That’s why it would have been better to keep the churches open and keep the obligation in place, but leave it to people’s individual choice whether or not to attend. Or even, a step further, allow individual priests to cancel the sacraments if they chose.

    That would have sorted the sheep from the goats, both clergy and laity, LOL!

    September 29, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    • editor

      Well Fidelis, it was certainly a huge mistake to offer Masses livestreamed online. I’ve already heard of one person who has apparently decided not to return to church but to continue with the livestream. I’m hearing that this is not an isolated case, so I agree with you that keeping the churches open and allowing the congregations to continue as normal (or not if their malformed conscience so dictates) would have been the better choice.

      September 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm
    • Nicky


      I think you are right and that attitude (serving the people even if it means risking infection and even death) is the heroic one. That was the attitude of the priests during the plague in the middle ages, and a lot did die. However, this virus is nothing like that deadly and the government medical advisers said so at the start, they said the it was harmless in the majority who got it. That’s why it was unconscionable of the bishops to close the churches and to continue the fiasco that you see in parishes now, with people having to line up to register to get in in the first place, then the sanitizer, then the social distancing nonsense. That shows real faithlessness IMHO.

      So, again I congratulate Fr Dunn for calling out the bishops and priests on their flat out cowardice.

      BTW, I would warn the bishops off trying to punish Fr Dunn because everything he wrote in his letter is exactly what we lay people have been thinking all along. Nobody who loves the Mass and the sacraments was/is happy with the way the bishops and priests are responding. Fr Dunn is really speaking for every “real” Catholic, every Catholic who is a believing member of the Church. I am totally certain of that.

      September 29, 2020 at 11:50 pm
  • Helen

    Well well, we have at least ONE courageous priest in Scotland! Great letter, Father Dunn, and thank you for writing it. One thing I don’t think you mentioned: didn’t the bishops actually ask the government to close the churches? Maybe I got that wrong but one thing I didn’t get wrong is that whilst that apostate Fr. James Martin is feted, Fr. James Altman (a holy and faithful priest) is hounded and persecuted!

    September 29, 2020 at 5:13 pm
    • editor


      I know that the bishops in England definitely went to the Government to offer to close the churches, but I can’t recall if the Scottish Bishops did the same. I wouldn’t be surprised, given their anxiety to enforce all the post-lockdown regulations. Tragic.

      September 29, 2020 at 7:02 pm
  • Athanasius

    Bloggers may recall my ‘Letter to Scotland’s Bishops’ of some months ago. Like Fr. Dunn’s excellent letter, it reminded these prelates in the starkest terms of their supernatural duty as Shepherds of souls before Our Lord, a duty they were/are presently betraying.

    My letter did not even dent these Churchmen, they simply continued unmoved in their service of the Prince of this world. They would have been raging at the audacity of a subordinate daring to call them, the chosen ones, out for their Pharisaic hypocrisy, yet they couldn’t touch me because I am a layman.

    Fr. Dunn, God bless him, will not be so fortunate, I fear. Our Lord was crucified for speaking the truth and so Fr. Dunn, His faithful priest, may expect no mercy.

    Even now they will doubtless be deciding how best to punish him. I can almost hear a variant of Caiaphas’ serpent question being posed: “Is it not better that one man suffer than that the whole Conciliar sell-out should perish?” The one thing Fr. Dunn will definitely not hear from these prelates, though he will hear it one day from our Divine Saviour, is “well done good and faithful servant…”

    There will be no turn around by these men because they have long abandoned Our Lord to serve the world. We have seen it consistently in the erosion of the Sacred Liturgy these past fifty years; Vernacular replacing Latin, table replacing high altar, standing replacing kneeling, Communion in the hand (an Indult) replacing Communion on the tongue (the Church’s norm), priest facing people like a Protestant at a meal replacing priest at high altar facing God in persona Christi offering the Sacrifice of Calvary, etc., etc.

    We have seen it in the closure of all 5 of Scotland’s seminaries and in the demise of vocations. We have seen it in shrinking parishes and priest numbers, in massive church closures and in the protection they afford to heretical and/or immoral clerics, especially heretical Jesuits.

    We have seen it also in their public silence while successive culturally Marxist governments have written the most heinous immoralities into law. Indeed, we have seen many of them court high profile apostate Catholics, administering Holy Communion to them while in a state of public mortal sin and providing notable public funerals for those who die without having displayed the least sign of sorrow and repentance.

    Finally, we see it in those often-multi-coloured clown vestments and mitres they wear as a sign of their being “with it”, having abandoned Traditional Roman and Gothic vestments that symbolise supernatural death to this world.

    It truly grieves me to say it, but these men are careerists and politicians whose words and actions are so utterly opposed to the example of the Holy Apostles and whose fruits are so clearly the inverse of what the Apostles and their faithful successors achieved. It is the difference between those who expanded the Church and the faith universally over centuries to those who have shrunk them almost all the way back to nothing in just 60 years, allowing paganism once more to rule the world. This is the result of serving ambition and the belly (as is obvious in many of them) before God.

    There may be one or two in the Scottish hierarchy who still have a semblance of Catholic conscience about them, but that won’t count. These are simply overruled by the “democratic” majority voice of the Episcopal Conference, a very clever Socialist tool of the Conciliar reform that stifles the unique and sacrosanct authority given by Our Lord to each Bishop over his diocese.

    I have seen the evil these men have brought into God’s House by their worldly rules – the masks and social distancing, the taped-off pews, the hand sanitisers, the ban on praying before statues, the limiting of numbers at Mass, etc., and it sickens me to the pit of my stomach.

    Let us not fail to identify the marks of faithlessness in these measures and the shocking betrayal of the Shepherds of our souls who have chosen fidelity to godless government over fidelity to Christ, Our Saviour.

    I firmly believe that there are a number of faithful priests like Fr. Dunn in Scotland, suffering immensely because of these things, yet they are terrified to speak out for fear of what will happen to them if they dare expose the proud bishops, whose rage would certainly be visited upon them in response.

    That’s why Fr. Dunn is so worthy of our special prayers, for having the courage and the supernatural faith to speak out. But let us not forget those many others more timorous and fearful than he, that Our Lord will give them the strength to do likewise.

    Many politicians, as well as growing numbers of experts in the fields of science, law and medicine, are beginning to expose this Covid-19 con. The voices of tens of thousands of people are also now being raised against this Communist totalitarian ruse. When sufficient numbers are reached there will be public enquiries held into the roles played by government and the police in this criminal subversion of human freedom and civil liberties.

    When that happens, as it surely will, the Catholic hierarchy will stand in the dock of public opinion alongside all the other accused and be condemned for its part in serving godless Socialism. But that will be as nothing in comparison with the judgment these successors of the Apostles will face when they appear before the Lord they have so betrayed for so long by their friendship with the Prince of this world.

    September 29, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    • Theresa Rose


      I do remember your “Letter to Scotland’s Bishops” in June this year, and took a few minutes to re-read it. I agree too, that Father Dunn’s is excellent, yet I am sure that the Bishops will not take kindly to being reminded of their duty before God.

      Was it not in Medieval times that the “Plague” was rampant, decimating the populations of quite few countries – Masses were not abandoned, but increased in number.

      I pray especially on this Feast that Saint Michael protects Father Dunn, and I will keep him in my prayers.

      September 29, 2020 at 6:01 pm
      • editor

        Theresa Rose

        You are correct on both counts – the bishops are not likely to be too pleased to read Father’s letter, and Masses were increased, not closed down, during previous plagues, much more serious than this virus. There’s a desperate attempt right now – using university students – to make it seem like the infection is spreading like wildfire but it’s more propaganda. To the best of my knowledge, the stats show that there are already more people dying from the seasonal flu this year, even before winter has set in, than this “new” virus.

        September 29, 2020 at 7:08 pm
      • Athanasius


        Quite right about this virus being a non-event, Desmond Swayne emphasised this yesterday in the Commons when he said that of viruses that have caused problems for humanity, Covid-19 ranks at Number 24. Says all that needs saying.

        September 29, 2020 at 8:47 pm
    • editor


      I just wish you wouldn’t hold back. Speak your mind, man!

      Seriously, wonderful post from you – I have pulled up your own letter to the bishops so here is the link for those who may not have read it or would like to read it again…

      September 29, 2020 at 7:04 pm
    • Margaret USA

      Fr. Dunn should be ordained the next Archbishop of Glasgow and made Primate of Scotland. (You can be his press secretary, Athanasius. 😁)

      September 30, 2020 at 5:45 am
  • RCAVictor

    Athanasius’ excellent post reminded me of this Gospel passage:

    “[2] They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. [3] And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father, nor me.” (John 16)

    Do the corrupt bishops actually think they are doing a service to God by punishing and persecuting faithful priests? I can’t imagine that could be the case. More likely, they are doing a service to themselves by silencing voices who expose their corruption, both spiritual and material, including their surrender to a Communist state.

    September 29, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    • Athanasius


      I think they silence faithful priests because their conscience can’t stand to be confronted with the truth. That Gospel passage just about sums up their general response as a result.

      September 29, 2020 at 8:49 pm
      • Nicky

        Amen to that, brother!

        September 29, 2020 at 11:51 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Interesting juxtaposition considering today’s Feast: St. Michael cast Lucifer out of Heaven after he cried, “I will not serve!”

    Will +Tartaglia cast Fr. Dunn out after Father cried, “I must serve!”?

    (I have one minor quibble with Father’s letter: his reference to the WHO’s admission to the BBC about the politicized mask policy does not look like a primary source. Can anyone come up with an actual link to that?)

    September 29, 2020 at 6:49 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Where that quote is given, it IS a link. Here it is again.

      I’d heard that before, but this is the first time I’d seen a link. I note it opens out into a load of gobbledegook, but if you click on the words, it takes you through to the original link.

      September 29, 2020 at 7:10 pm
  • Catherine

    Dear Fr. Dunn,

    You are a true witness to the Faith. God bless you in your every thought, word and action. Wonderful! We need more priests like you. I am speechless. I wondered when a priest in Scotland would stand up as our Shepherd. I will pray for you every day that you are not persecuted for this very brave act, and if you are in any need, do not hesitate to ask me. I will go out of my way to help you. I Trust that God and Our Lady will protect you.

    We need a priest like you to lead us in a public rosary in Glasgow, especially this October, as close to the 13th as possible and specifically for the CONSECRATION OF RUSSIA.

    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for this very brave priest, and that this encourages more priests to find the courage to join Fr. Dunn.

    Thank you for being true to your Confirmation Duty. St, Michael, the Archangel, pray for us and Fr. Dunn

    September 29, 2020 at 6:53 pm
    • editor


      That’s a great suggestion – we urgently need a public rosary for the intention of the Consecration of Russia so we will do our best to organise that and – hopefully – Father Dunn will lead it.

      September 29, 2020 at 7:17 pm
      • Catherine

        People are sending me message asking about the venue and time of public rosary, so hopefully we will have word from Fr. Dunn soon. Thank you again Fr. Dunn.

        September 30, 2020 at 2:20 pm
      • editor


        Would you just tell your contacts to put the date – 10 October – in their diaries. and the precise time and location will be announced nearer the time. It will be in the afternoon, that’s for sure, probably early afternoon. I’ll put a notice at the top of the blog, when we have the details, if that helps.

        I’m reluctant to trouble Father right now since he’s being feted by “the hungry sheep” from all over the world – it seems that this thread has gone viral, as they say in cyberspace. .

        September 30, 2020 at 8:21 pm
      • Catherine


        I am pleased to tell you I have passed this open letter and blog comments to my friend in Kenya who has said he will pass this onto as many people as he can including priests.

        September 30, 2020 at 8:27 pm
  • Therese

    Dear Fr Dunn

    God bless you for this wonderful, truthful letter. No doubt you will receive much criticism for daring to write it, but know that the faithful laity are deeply grateful and offer you their prayers and thanks.

    September 29, 2020 at 6:59 pm
  • Patrick Healy

    Dear Editor,

    Congratulations to Fr Dunn on his excellent epistle.

    Not only has he a great grasp of scripture, but it is nice to see at least one of our clergy is up to speed on this Chinese Wuhan Scamdemic. What a brave man fully deserving of our prayers.

    It was interesting to see hear and read all our fake news salivating over the “fact” that one million people have now died WITH this flu – not mind you FROM it. A big difference if you discount motorbike accident victims and those murdered in Democrat cities in the U.S..

    On the subject of plagues and pandemics in ages past, the ONE refuge which the faithful had was to congregate in churches to pray to our Lord for its passing.

    A great piece by Athanasius also.

    We are in good hands here with the subjects our Editor highlights for us.

    September 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm
    • editor


      Yes, you are spot on with regard to the stats. They’re cleverly delivered to give the impression that people are dropping dead in the streets.

      RCA victor posted an hilarious meme on another thread recently where the lawyer was shouting across the court that, yes, his client had murdered the man but it said Covid-19 on the death certificate! Priceless.

      Thank you for your kind parting comment but if anyone disagrees, the job is yours… Charles McCusker being first on the list for an interview, of course, if he applies… 😀

      September 29, 2020 at 7:21 pm
  • Elizabeth

    Excellent letter from the courageous and faithful Fr Dunn. How I wish we had even one priest in England who would follow his example. I will keep him in my prayers.

    September 29, 2020 at 7:26 pm
    • editor


      When I read your comment, my mind sprang to the memory of an old Monsignor RIP, who lived in the Diocese of Middlesbrough when I lived in the next door diocese of Hexham & Newcastle. He’d have been very active, I am certain, in fighting this disgraceful abandonment of duty on the part of the bishops, were he with us today. Let that be a little comfort to you – and who knows, hopefully, there will be younger priests (north and south of the border) who will come to see the need to act publicly in defence of the Faith, at this time, preferably before things worsen, considerably.

      September 29, 2020 at 9:39 pm
  • Aquinas

    As a senior student studying here in Scotland I think Father Dunn’s open letter is a courageous effort to do what the Scottish bishops have failed to do, which is to save souls. His candid remarks of what Catholic leadership should look like during a time like this are spot on. I am grateful to this brave priest for speaking out and I hope that, through his leadership, others will follow.

    September 29, 2020 at 8:09 pm
    • Athanasius


      The response of the Catholic bishops across the board, universally, so to speak, including the Bishop of Rome, is so contrary to the Catholic response to disease and suffering from historical record. We know, for example, that when a plague hit Rome in the early days of Christianity the pagans marvelled at the selfless Catholics who cared for the sick and dying. This same scenario is witnessed again and again through history as plagues appeared – Masses were doubled, prayers and penances increased and priests and people alike went to the sick and dying. It’s the difference between a supernatural faith where Catholics see the soul as far more important than the body and eternal life far more important than this short existence, and a purely superficial religion where the selfish opposite is seen and practiced. Our modern bishops fall into the latter category, sad to say.

      September 29, 2020 at 8:56 pm
    • editor


      I think we all share your hope that other priests in Scotland will follow Fr Dunn’s lead. I’m still cynical enough to say “don’t hold your breath”, though, while hoping against hope that I’m wrong.

      I can remember being a senior student – now I’m just a plain old (literally) “senior”.. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I can tell my friends all of my secrets, because they won’t remember them either 😀 .

      September 29, 2020 at 9:46 pm
  • Nicky

    Congratulations to Fr Stephen Dunn on a first class and much needed letter.

    I know it’s unlikely, but I am hoping that the sincerity of it and the solid basis for it, will resonate with the bishops and colleagues.

    Thank you Father – you are in my prayers.

    September 29, 2020 at 11:39 pm
  • Chris Mckale

    Thanks Fr Dunn for your words of Truth and Faith. We the faithful are looking for strong courageous priests to speak up against the tyranny we are facing .Praise God for you I will be praying for you.

    September 29, 2020 at 11:55 pm
    • Catherine

      I second that! We are so very proud of you.

      September 30, 2020 at 12:00 am
    • editor


      Well said. And don’t forget to return to say more! The harvest is always great, but the labourers very few!

      October 2, 2020 at 11:07 pm
  • Mark Larkins

    Knowing Father Dunn and serving Traditional Latin mass with him, he is a light shining in the dark , a true Shelperd who’s voice is crying out in the wilderness .

    Thank you and God bless Father .

    Deo gratcias

    In Jesus and Mary

    September 30, 2020 at 12:07 am
    • editor


      Knowing Father Dunn you will realise how much your words must mean to him – he’s drawing great comfort, I believe, from the support expressed for him here.

      So don’t forget to return so that you, too, will be a light shining in the dark. It’s very dark these days, as you know, in both the Church and the world, and not a lot of light around. So, don’t forget us – haste ye back!

      October 2, 2020 at 11:09 pm
  • littlebellsofgold

    Bravo, Fr Dunn, wonderful, what inspired words! Thank you for this letter and leadership, this is what the faithful have been longing for all these months. Most of the clergy have gone along with all the Masonic guidelines from the government.

    Fr Dunn is a very humble man and I am sure that as he daily recites the Rosary and the Angelus he is reminded that he is asking Our Lady that he may be made worthy of the promises of her divine Son that he is following in the steps of his Master if he is asked to suffer any persecution.

    We, poor little lambs, have been lost without true shepherds and have been wandering about seeking help and guidance, This letter is written in true Charity without a trace of bitterness. It has highlighted the truth of this so-called “pandemic”.

    Thanks also to all at Catholic Truth who have been a tremendous source of true information and I am sure have helped many to understand the reality behind this crisis.

    I hope that this letter will open the eyes of many more and give them the courage to speak out and change what they can. I think now is the time to stand up and let our priests know that we will not comply with the demands made by these puppets of the new world order globalists, of wearing masks in Church, booking seats and receiving Holy Communion on the hand outside the time designated during Mass. Our Blessed Lady has said that Our Lord is already too much offended. We should be making more sacrifices and more reparation for all the sins of the world, not increasing these sacrileges and offences. It is not a sin to disobey an unjust law.

    I know that we are not all as eloquent as Fr Dunn and Athanasius, but it is also time to write to our bishops to let them know how we feel and how we need their leadership, they are the ones who have been given this grace. They should sack these health professors immediately and trust in Our Lord.

    We must all stick together (as some-one keeps reminding us!)

    We really must not let this fear get the grip of us, it is entirely evil. I was re-reading “Quas Primas” by Pope Pius XI last week. This encyclical reminds us that Christ is King. It states “that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honour and obedience to Christ” “His kingly dignity demands that the State should take account of the commandments of God and of Christian principles, both in making laws and in administering justice” “He must reign in our minds, hearts and wills.”

    There is no need for this fear that evil men are spreading throughout the world. Christ is King, He has already won the victory. We must spread this good news to all. No matter what these globalists throw at us if we stay close to Him we will share that victory.

    September 30, 2020 at 12:09 am
    • Catherine

      I fully agree with what you say. I think priests all over should be increasing daily Mass instead of reducing the Masses. In Glasgow, where I go to Mass, we used to have a Friday Mass and Benediction including First Fridays but that was taken from us. Shocking. We should have Mass every day in a central place for people to get to. Even if there are only a handful that can attend due to commitments, people’s commitments change all the time and especially since lockdown so they might be more free to get to daily Mass now.

      I do wonder how seriously priests take the Fatima Message and important devotions like First Fridays etc

      our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

      September 30, 2020 at 10:02 am
      • editor


        Father Dunn has contacted me about your suggestion for a public rosary as close to the 13 October as possible, with the specific intention of praying it for the Consecration of Russia. This would be in Glasgow.

        It has been suggested that we hold the public rosary on the nearest Saturday, which is the 10 October – perhaps beginning with the Angelus at 12 noon and then pray the Rosary.

        Details (such as time) will be confirmed nearer the date, but those who plan to attend are encouraged to mark 10 October in their diaries.

        September 30, 2020 at 10:39 am
      • Catherine

        That is wonderful news about a public rosary on the 10th of October. That is during the October Week, so hopefully more people will be able to attend than would normally since they may be off work. That’s great news. I will be there with my 3 children. I will contact some friends via whatsapp and see if they can come too.

        September 30, 2020 at 10:58 am
      • editor


        That’s great but be sure to tell them that the details such as time and the specific location in Glasgow will be confirmed nearer the time.

        September 30, 2020 at 11:18 am
      • Catherine

        Yes. for sure.

        September 30, 2020 at 1:14 pm
      • editor


        Father suggests the following:

        Public Rosary to be prayed across the road from St Andrew’s cathedral in Glasgow, at the River Clyde Walkway, Saturday, 10 October, 3pm.

        Intention: The Consecration of Russia, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.

        Father Dunn will lead the Rosary, and – hopefully – as many of us as possible will attend.

        We will publish a reminder, nearer the time.

        Thank you.

        October 1, 2020 at 12:12 pm
      • Catherine

        That is terrific news!

        October 1, 2020 at 12:28 pm
      • Theresa Rose

        Yes, that is great news indeed, especially in this month of October to pray for the Consecration of Russia. I intend to be there.

        103 years since Our Lady made her request, late indeed. Nothing less than storming Heaven for the Pope and Bishops to carry out that Consecration.

        October 3, 2020 at 3:36 pm
    • editor


      Thank you for your lovely post and very kind words – hugely appreciated.

      And thanks, too, to the several newcomers who have published here in support of Father Dunn – I’m up to my eyes today but I hope to acknowledge everyone individually a little later.

      I hope everyone will send the link to this thread to everyone in their address book – especially priests. There’s not a priest in the land who doesn’t need to read it.

      God bless.

      September 30, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Fr. Dunn is spot on. Except: the notion that germs die on contact with Holy Water or the Eucharist is superstition. Far too many priests have made such superstitious assertions.

    September 30, 2020 at 4:42 am
    • editor

      JV Fitzpatrick,

      “Far too many priests have made such superstitious assertions” – well, that’s quite an assertion to make, minus any concrete examples to support it.

      Father Dunn did not say that “germs die on contact with Holy Water or the Eucharist” but he did say this:

      St Mother Teresa served the poor looking after them, dressing their wounds, helping them in their illness. What age did she live to? 87!”

      Point out any factual error in that statement (I can’t remember what age Mother Teresa was when she died but I know that she was certainly over 18!)

      The fact that the bishops and priests have accepted the ridiculous rules that we see enacted in Catholic churches in the name of the scamdemic tells us all we need to know about their (lack of) trust in Divine Providence.

      After all, do we think it’s superstitious of priests to just go ahead and cross the road, like that famous chicken, to get to the other side, or to drive their cars in traffic? They risk death every single time (unless there’s no traffic around!) but we don’t think they’re superstitious to go out and about.

      Maybe not the best analogy in the world but I’ve not had my morning cuppa yet, so go easy… 😀

      You are right, though, in that Fr Dunn is spot on – and notice how he puts himself down, acknowledging his “many faults and failings” and that there are those who will say he’ll never be wearing a halo.

      Well, for those priests and bishops reading this thread, it might be a good time for you to pause and reflect on the fact that the patron saint of priests, St John Vianney (Cure D’Ars) struggled academically, especially with Latin, and I’m sure he displayed his own particular faults and failings, since (breaking news) we all have them. I’m sure there were some classic snobs among his fellow priests who criticised and mocked him. Not one of whom, note, has gone down in history for his holiness, as has that great saint. Just a thought…

      September 30, 2020 at 8:54 am
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe

      Sorry J V,
      But you sound like a Bishop in your response concerning Holy Water and the Eucharist.
      Fr Dunn is not making such superstitious assertions. He firmly asserted his belief that if we, as individuals, have faith, humilty and reverence and follow the instructions of His Son, the Father will look after such followers.
      Remember the fiery serpents which God sent because the people didn’t follow God’s will. They were only healed if they came and gazed in full obedience, upon the image of the fiery serpent made by Moses following God’s command.
      I have strong doubt that if anyone gazed on the serpent and thought “What a lot of rubbish. How can that medically heal the disease from my bite,” that they recovered.
      As father stated strongly, it is following the will of God in complete obedience that keeps us safe and nourishes us.

      September 30, 2020 at 12:14 pm
      • Catherine

        Exactly. Have our priests lost the Catholic Faith???

        September 30, 2020 at 1:17 pm
  • Tony Loy

    I completely agree with Fr Stephen and thank him for having the guts to speak out against those shepherds who do not shepherd their flocks properly and bend to the world rather than oppose governments who seek to keep our churches closed whilst allowing places like off-licences to stay open, I think a church is more important than any off-licence, don’t you. I just wish there were more like him prepared to stand up for God than bow down to the world and the New world order.

    September 30, 2020 at 6:35 am
    • editor


      We need more and more lay people, as well as priests, with the guts to speak out against negligent shepherds, so be aware that this blog is a forum for Catholics who wish to defend and promote the Faith.

      Thank you for your comment in support of Fr Dunn – and don’t forget to come back!

      October 2, 2020 at 11:11 pm
  • Patrick Langan

    Deo Gratias

    September 30, 2020 at 10:42 am
  • crofterlady

    I don’t think one can simply assume that cross infection won’t occur because the substance touched is holy, but as far as I can see, that’s not the point here. No priest should deprive the faithful of the Sacraments. Period. Such heroes as Fr. Damian, who ministered to the lepers, did get the diseases themselves, but the mere act of living is dangerous in itself! To avoid all illnesses one would need to remain in bed!

    Thank God for priests like Father Dunn and Fr. Damian. I note that whilst the society priests do not administer Holy communion on the hand as directed by the bishops, they do obey the numbers rule. Now why would that be, I wonder?

    In my opinion the hierarchy are worldly cowards.

    September 30, 2020 at 10:47 am
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe


      Please read the reply above I made to J V Fitzpatrick, which addresses your first point.

      September 30, 2020 at 12:21 pm
    • editor


      These comments about Holy Water are going round in my head as I try to concentrate on other things, because it makes me wonder just how much or how little we understand about the importance and efficacy of sacramentals, such as Holy Water. Are we all unthinkingly blessing ourselves on entry into our churches, or do we believe that Holy Water has the power to drive away the Devil? In the Catechism of the Catholic Church – section on sacramentals, we read this:

      Sacramentals are instituted for the sanctification of certain ministries of the Church, certain states of life, a great variety of circumstances in Christian life, and the use of many things helpful to man. In accordance with bishops’ pastoral decisions, they can also respond to the needs, culture, and special history of the Christian people of a particular region or time. They always include a prayer, often accompanied by a specific sign, such as the laying on of hands, the sign of the cross, or the sprinkling of holy water (which recalls Baptism).(#1668) – Emphases added by moi.

      We live in a highly secularised society and I think that we all need to reflect a little more on the kind of things that Fr Dunn has written because he is – prophetically, it seems to me – calling us back to some very essential matters of the Faith.

      Perhaps if our Bishops had said “we will keep open our churches because our people will invoke God’s blessing and protection” (using the Holy Water, rather than remove it from the fonts) and perhaps if they had exhorted us to follow the example of our reader who revealed that, instead of going to her front door for the pointless exercise of “clapping for carers” on Thursday evenings during lockdown, she knelt down and prayed a Hail Mary for the NHS staff, perhaps then we might have seen some welcome divine intervention.

      Just a thought, which perhaps sums up as don’t let us underestimate the power of Holy Water (or any other sacramentals.)

      September 30, 2020 at 2:41 pm
      • Catherine

        Well said!

        September 30, 2020 at 3:04 pm
  • Joseph McAleer

    Thank God for priests like Fr Dunn.

    September 30, 2020 at 11:44 am
    • editor


      Agreed. And thank God for the people who devote some time to the lay apostolate, such as our conscientious bloggers here – you are welcome to join us, so hurry back!

      October 2, 2020 at 11:12 pm
  • editor

    A reader in England has just emailed to say that the link to this thread has been posted over at Gloria TV…

    September 30, 2020 at 11:54 am
    • RCAVictor


      The link to this thread has also been posted on

      It’s the last link before the larger font headline.

      September 30, 2020 at 3:54 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Brilliant!! I almost missed it because I was looking for either the headline or Catholic Truth – instead they featured the question about Holy Water as their link. Brilliant.

        September 30, 2020 at 4:18 pm
  • crofterlady

    Looks like I maligned our clergy…………………………………..

    September 30, 2020 at 12:27 pm
    • graeme taylor


      thank you for posting that information. I have just read through the currently 850 signatures ( I see two Catholic priests) the rest are Church of Scotland, Church of England, Baptists, Pentecostals etc.
      Our bishops are so clearly out of touch ( particularly with their last Bishop Conference letter) with their sheep versus our protestant brethren’s pastors.

      October 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm
  • francescomarta

    Personal thank you to Fr. Dunn for speaking out against the wolves, be assured of our support and prayers.

    As you rightly pointed out, the State has no authority over the Catholic Church I quote from Pope Pius X1 Encyclical “When we pay honor to the princely dignity of Christ, men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state”

    We must not forget that this “Covid 19” Virus has also been unproven by the gold standard “Koch’s Postulates” and one of the regular speakers on this, Dr. Andy Kaufman informs us that no Scientific paper is accepted without a “control group” as part of the required criteria to satisfy that it (matter- being investigated) actually exists and is causing disease. Dr Andy Kaufman also says that anyone submitted such a paper will also be asked why it was submitted without the “Control Group”.

    I also came across a parish St Dunstan’s in Surrey where I found this on the Newsletter ” Please could we ask you, for your sake and the sake of others, to wear the masks correctly during the whole of Mass. This means that the mouth and nose should be completely covered at all times”

    We know the danger to our health of wearing a mask, is the Priest trying to kill his Parishioners as they tend to be elderly as as we don’t have gills to breathe, we need air which is why the Creator gave us a mouth and a nose!

    Once again in case there are new commentators to CTS, the Editor downloaded this excellent YouTube clip many threads ago detailing robust research into how masks do not stop virus’s!

    September 30, 2020 at 12:54 pm
    • RCAVictor


      Check this out:

      Just another method to rig results…er, cases…er, fear…er, tyranny…

      September 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm
      • francescomarta

        RCA Victor

        PCR Test – “40 or more cycles, or until virus is detected.” Yes they are really putting a spin on this hoax!

        September 30, 2020 at 5:57 pm
  • francescomarta

    Thank you Father Stephen Dunn.

    I did post something a little earlier, but this has disappeared.
    Editor: WordPEST again! Sorry about that, your original post was lurking in my admin file – now released.

    Fr Dunn has made the front of “Complicit Clergy”!

    Editor: Brilliant news! Thank you for that alert.

    September 30, 2020 at 1:31 pm
    • Catherine

      This is great! I forwarded this letter with blog link to lifesite news and the remnant.

      September 30, 2020 at 1:50 pm
  • Christina Reynolds

    May God Bless you Father for writing this letter you have spoken up for all those who have suffered greatly over the churches being closed especially in such a time as now.
    Now the churches are open I like many have to travel many miles to go to the traditional mass to receive the sacraments on the tongue.
    I know a great many will pray for you and your letter to not go unanswered by the Bishops who sadly turned away from us when we needed our church the most.
    I pray the Bishops look to God and remember why they are Bishops through our Lord Jesus Christ and not man, government or governmental scientists.

    September 30, 2020 at 1:33 pm
    • Catherine

      Fantastic, Christina.

      September 30, 2020 at 1:51 pm
    • editor


      What a beautiful comment. Please don’t be a stranger – help us to spread Catholic Truth (in every sense!)

      God bless.

      October 2, 2020 at 11:14 pm
  • Joanna Graham

    Thank you Fr Dunn. I support you whole heartedly & cannot agree more with your words. May God Bless you

    September 30, 2020 at 2:13 pm
    • editor


      I think you speak for us all there.

      Haste ye back -you are very welcome here.

      October 2, 2020 at 11:14 pm
  • Tracy Leszczynski

    Thank God for your courage Fr Dunn! It is abundantly clear from your letter that the Lord is with you and encouraging this long overdue correction of our erstwhile leadership. To our dear Scottish Bishops: Your excellencies “The road to hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path” (St John Christostom) – I pray that rather than cook up a punishment for our dear Fr Dunn you would take this fraternal correction in the way it was no doubt intended – to save you from ending up as a lamp post on the path to hell! Apart from surrendering Church authority with the “pandemic” you have done little or nothing to inspire faithful Catholics for many a year; not one of you has publicly raised your voice against Pope Francis’ many atrocities, or against the disgrace that is the Scottish Government of this day. A true shepherd, Fr Dunn, is to be listened to and sincerely thanked for his courageous witness.

    September 30, 2020 at 2:45 pm
    • Catherine

      I agree wholeheartedly.

      September 30, 2020 at 3:06 pm
    • Catherine

      A true Shepherd indeed!

      September 30, 2020 at 3:09 pm
    • editor


      A great post – and love the humour (lamp post…)

      You’re now signed up – so don’t be a stranger. Haste ye back!

      God bless.

      October 2, 2020 at 11:16 pm
  • Cornelius

    What a powerful letter, very profound. I am a student and to hear such inspirational words has been an encouragement for me to follow Father Dunn in being a witness to the faith. He has acted on his confirmation duty and is an example to all Catholic priests. I hope we start to see more priests standing up and being true shepherds. We need more priests like this! God bless you Father Dunn.

    September 30, 2020 at 3:25 pm
    • editor


      It’s also very encouraging to see a student, like yourself, appreciating the significance of Fr Dunn’s letter.

      Don’t be a stranger now – the door’s always open… Come back and help us to spread the Faith.

      God bless.

      October 2, 2020 at 11:18 pm
  • john wright

    finally a proper shepherd who is prepared to receive any consequences dished out for his speaking the truth. its shocking what the Bishops are allowing to happen to their churches and sheep. to think pubs and clubs restaurants etc are all open yet we cant go and sit with our blessed Lord.
    seems like the 30 pieces of silver have been taken again and again and again. the church is supposedly in the world but not of the world. Jesus heals. Jesus does not make sick.. we have been sold down the river… our supposed she0herds have abandoned us. left us to instead of dying to the world to live with our saviour. but have been stopped from adoring and receiving our Lord and Saviour. so sad, so so sad
    now father Dunn will no doubt be punished for telling the truth.
    father Dunn. God bless you Fr Dunn. And to think there are almost 20 if not more priests and religious who have been excommunicated for also speaking the truth. its true the great apostacy is upon us. I’m happy my mother and aunt were called home before they could see the state of the church is in.



    September 30, 2020 at 3:25 pm
    • Catherine

      Great post. I hope you will come to the public rosary lead by Fr.Dunn on 10th October in Glasgow.

      September 30, 2020 at 3:39 pm
    • editor


      Thank you for your thoughtful post.

      You make a lovely suggestion at the end, but we don’t impose any devotional obligations on our readers and bloggers – your suggestion is there for individuals to follow if they wish.

      We are all committed (privately, I mean) to trying to live the Fatima Message which includes the daily rosary, so be assured that Father Dunn will be remembered in mine (and I am sure, in the rosaries of the other regular bloggers) until he’s sent to Siberia at which point we will keep in touch with him by email 😀

      September 30, 2020 at 4:27 pm
  • sixjarsofwine

    Sincere thanks to you Father Dunn for your courageous witness to the truth.

    September 30, 2020 at 3:30 pm
    • editor


      And thanks to you for stopping by – haste ye back!

      October 2, 2020 at 11:19 pm
  • Marjory Mcdowell

    Thank you so much . l am so grateful for Fr stephen Dunn also to Fr james Altman for speaking out.l could not understand why our Bishops and priests were not standing up to the government.l like how everything is backed up with scripture.l believe our bishops and priests should be going in among the flock that’s what God called them to do

    September 30, 2020 at 4:03 pm
    • editor


      You are in tune with us all here – I agree with everything you say.

      Which means you’d be a great asset to our team of bloggers. Hurry back!

      God bless.

      October 2, 2020 at 11:20 pm
  • RCAVictor

    I think the Glasgow faithful should be prepared to take action against +Tartaglia if he punishes Fr. Dunn. And I’m not talking about Rosaries, I’m talking about what happens after Rosaries….

    For example: a “Traditional Priests Matter” protest.

    Also, it’s wonderful to see so many people come out of the woodwork to defend Father and pray for him.

    September 30, 2020 at 4:04 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Hear hear!

      I’ve just been replying to an email from a reader down south, remarking on the comments flowing in – luckily I’m at my desk all day today, so I can release them right away, more or less; I’m at my desk all day working on the November newsletter – Reason # 1, and Reason # 2, is because I can’t go anywhere anyway, since my car is in the garage for it’s annual service and government test (MOT – Ministry of Transport) which it has just… failed! Flew through in previous years, so I’m suspicious…

      I suspect a conspiracy because word has got out that I’m not co-operating with the Government scamdemic restrictions 😀

      September 30, 2020 at 4:12 pm
      • RCAVictor


        Don’t let them give your car a PCR test, otherwise you’ll be stuck at your desk for as long as Nicola Stalin decides…

        September 30, 2020 at 4:15 pm
      • Our Lady of Guadalupe

        Maybe it was a Bishop, desguised as a mechanic who seviced yor car before the MOT?
        Did you tell anyone in your local parish it was going in for a service?
        Big Bishop may be watching you . . . in a mischievous way!

        September 30, 2020 at 4:33 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor & OLG,

        (1) no idea what a PCR test might be (unless “Politically Correct Run”? Ouch!

        (2) Priceless! “Big Bishop” would explain it 😀

        September 30, 2020 at 5:33 pm
      • RCAVictor


        A PCR test is the keystone of the scam: the test that allegedly tells you that you’re a “case” because you’ve been identified by the test as testing positive for the virus – even though you have no symptoms.

        This is the test, mind you, that does not test for a disease, only for antibodies to whatever infections your body may have fought off recently.

        So…you could have antibodies from an addiction to chocolate, and test “positive” for SCAM19-SARS2. See the new article I posted above in reply to Francescomarta:

        September 30, 2020 at 6:05 pm
      • Lily

        RCA Victor,

        So, Editor is not infallible after all, LOL! What a shock!

        September 30, 2020 at 6:07 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor & Lily,

        (1) you couldn’t make it up. Is there no end to this man’s hilarity? RCA Victor, I’ll get my revenge some day. Just keep watching your back…

        (2) Lily – how could you… doubt me, I mean? NOT infallible? Me? Moi? I’m/we’re wounded…Here’s some wise advice for doubters…

        September 30, 2020 at 6:33 pm
      • RCAVictor


        She may not be infallible, but what about inflammable?

        October 2, 2020 at 12:20 am
  • Frankier

    Three years ago, I started a small rosary group to meet in church every Friday. There were never any more than ten present. Last week it was down to two, my wife and I. No encouragement was ever given by the parish priest to attend.

    During the first week of lockdown, Holy Week, I went to the church alone, against orders. I have a key.
    I wasn`t prepared to have an empty church for the first time in its history at 3.00 clock on Good Friday. I went and did the Stations of The Cross. Not much, but something that gave me great pleasure.

    My wife and I carried on, still against their wishes, saying the rosary on a Friday. When the parish priest found out, he gave orders, through a third party, that if the rosary continued on that day he would close the church. Two people, in an otherwise empty building, with no covid in sight.

    For the sake of the other parishioners we stopped going for about three weeks until Ms Sturgeon, a leader of a party who hates the Church, along with her communist leaning Minister of Health, said that we could go back, but not to be saying prayers out loud.

    Ms Sturgeon must be some `gal` when our so-called Church leaders are prepared to shove Our Blessed Lady to the side to pander and crawl to her.

    Meanwhile, in the diocese, we are all looking forward in October, the month of Our Lady, to around six weeks of prayer for Mother Earth. We have even been asked to try and have at least one day a week
    abstaining from using a plastic cup.

    Meanwhile, all their churches are still surrounded by floodlighting whilst those at the foot of the ladder, whom they have no time for, are asked to turn the wee red light off on the tv at night.

    As the only parishioner to take communion on the tongue, I am now not allowed to receive holy communion.

    It used to be referred to as the Catholic Faith. Maybe it should now be the catholic not-too-sure.

    As someone once said, you would really need to have a hard heart not to laugh.

    September 30, 2020 at 4:07 pm
    • editor


      I knew if we kept you long enough, it would pay off…

      That is one fabulous post. God bless you. And He will. No question about it.

      You have, very concisely and with some humour, revealed in all its starkness, the sheer faithlessness of the Scottish clergy.

      September 30, 2020 at 4:23 pm
      • Frankier

        Thanks Ed.

        September 30, 2020 at 4:31 pm
    • Tracy Leszczynski

      R. So sad about your experience…and your parish priest?! Funny how the traditionalists are fiercly accused of rigidity…! Could you not ask for Holy Communion on the tongue privately after Mass (I suspect I know the answer…)…or else try another Church? God bless you and your wife

      September 30, 2020 at 5:03 pm
      • Frankier


        Thanks for your kind words.

        The only problem is, as a result of how our so-called leaders, especially those in the Church, have been performing, I have slipped, not too quietly, out of a state of grace. I have also used up my quota of acts of contrition but, fortunately, have a few spiritual communions left.

        So: no confessions means no absolution and I don’t wish to get into God’s disfavour during a pandemaniac by poking Him with a big stick dipped in hand gel.

        September 30, 2020 at 10:22 pm
      • Tracy Leszczynski

        Dear brother, I am sure you don’t need me to tell you, no matter what it takes, you need to get to confession! I am guessing you are somewhat remote…? Organise a trip to Glasgow! St Mungos in Townhead Glasgow has confession available 3 times a week (Mon, Wed and Sat) and I believe St Aloysius in Garnethill has it available every day…don’t delay, for we don’t know the hour or the day. God bless you

        October 1, 2020 at 12:44 am
      • Frankier


        Thanks for the information. I used to go often to St Aloysius but living over 50 miles away isn`t all that convenient at the present time. What happens if I went there and found out before I got home that Nicola had put Glasgow on her blacklist and had to self-isolate when I got home? 🙂

        I remember a few years ago when my daughter had a desire to go to confession after a long break. We went to St Aloysius straight after her
        work. There were no more than three people in front of her and she managed to get to the single seat just a few feet from the confessional,
        ready to go in. Dead on time, quarter past the hour, the priest left the confessional and never gave her a glance. Unbelievably: a couple of weeks later, at a second attempt, she was actually in the box and the priest told her that he was finished and he walked out.

        On the second occasion, I was late on arriving and found my daughter, who was with my wife, in tears in the porch. It was then that I found out what had happened. I think she felt that it was some sort of sign that she was unworthy.

        On another occasion, I myself went to St Andrews cathedral and asked a priest, who was standing outside a confessional, if there were confessions
        on. He said No and walked away.

        I am in a country parish served from the nearest town and I can honestly say that absolutely no confessions have been available for years. One parishioner, who asks the priest for confessions, told me recently that he just shuts the door in the sacristy and administers there on the spot while standing.

        For the past 35 years I was able to get to confession on the first Saturdays during Fatima devotions in the only church in the diocese that held them.
        Sadly, because of the failing health of the saintly lady who organised them,
        they finished for good last December.

        There has been no confessions, as far as I am aware anyway, in the diocese since the coronavirus arrived.

        October 1, 2020 at 11:45 pm
      • editor


        I have only ever heard of one person being refused confession and it infuriates me every time I think of it.

        If you wish to email me at [email protected] with a phone number which I can pass on to a friendly priest, I will do that – and you will be able to make arrangements for Confession with him. You won’t regret it. Over to thee…

        October 2, 2020 at 12:12 am
      • Tracy Leszczynski

        Confession avail in Glasgow…let me know if you want details…

        October 1, 2020 at 1:05 am
  • Letitia Reid

    Thank God that finally a true shepherd has emerged from all of this evil and insanity. We the faithful are being starved not only of spiritual nourishment but of any hope. Our shepherds have closed their doors, turned their back on their congregation and are following the government of the day. When was this ever right? It is indeed APOSTASY! I speak for many thousands of Catholic laity when I say to the bishops of Scotland“ please please stop allowing Marxist authoritarian leaders to govern and control out right to worship.”
    God bless and reward you Fr Dunn for your courage and integrity. I have no doubt you will be crucified for speaking the truth. You can however be assured of the prayers of many including me.

    September 30, 2020 at 4:19 pm
  • Frankier

    A wee palindrome to end the afternoon (twisted to suit.)

    Well done Father Dunn! Father done well!

    September 30, 2020 at 4:27 pm
    • editor


      Love it!

      September 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm
  • Regina Mc Laughlin

    Thank God once again for brave faithful priests like father dunn, I am from Derry City and I see our priests hands tied from feeding their sheep. May God raise up his faithful priests and an army of laity to pray and protect these loved if God.

    September 30, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    • editor


      My mother RIP was born in Co. Armagh, so it’s nice to “hear” an accent from the north of Ireland – welcome!

      And you’ll be welcome to return, anytime, to comment on our various topics – it’s our way of trying to encourage the Catholic worldview as we discuss contemporary issues.

      God bless you.

      October 2, 2020 at 11:03 pm
  • crofterlady

    Have over 20 priests (as John Wright above says) really been excommunicated “for speaking the truth”?

    September 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    • editor


      Since he doesn’t offer a source for that claim, I don’t know the answer but I suspect that he means that priests have been disciplined in some way – he may come back and explain what he means. I doubt that he really means formal excommunication, although these days, who knows? If the Government can tell us to use sanitizer instead of holy water, well, I suppose a bishop might excommunicate us for holding to the articles of Faith. Think about it.

      Then again, don’t think about it…We’re living in very strange times, so better not to think at all…

      September 30, 2020 at 5:45 pm
  • Claire McKelvie

    I am blown away by Father Dunn’s very brave letter. What an AMAZING! Priest of GOD. Truly a Disciple of Christ!
    What a special place the Trinity has reserved for this very dear man who clearly loves Our Lord and his children with his whole Heart, Mind and Soul.
    Father Dunn you speak the Truth, and Jesus must be so happy with you. You are a very brave and courageous man and I only wish that we had more priests like you. I am a member of the Legion of Mary and I loved your Dad. He too would have spoken out for the truth of Christ. I agree one hundred percent with everything that you have written and I will pass your letter on to my priest. I am praying for you dear Father. May Our Blessed Lady guide guard and protect you now and forever.
    Thank you on behalf of God’s children
    Love Claire x

    September 30, 2020 at 5:37 pm
    • editor


      How wonderful that you knew Dr John Dunn – I think all of us who knew him loved him. Such a humble man.

      I know that Fr Dunn is drawing much consolation from the comments here.

      I’m drawing comfort for a slightly different, more devious reason 😀 …

      I’m hoping you’ll return to help us spread the Faith on this blog. You’ll be more than welcome.

      God bless you.

      October 2, 2020 at 11:00 pm
  • Lily

    I’m also blown away by Father Dunn’s excellent letter.

    One thing that really hit me, was that the archbishop told him to use sanitizer on his hands before giving our Communion “or else”! WHAT?!*****!

    The longer we live through this crisis in the Church, the less respect do I have for priests and bishops – priests like Father Dunn and Father Altman being exceptions, of course. The majority have lost all credibility, sorry to say.

    September 30, 2020 at 6:05 pm
  • Liz Ansah

    Well done Father God will greatly Bless you 🙏

    September 30, 2020 at 6:09 pm
    • editor


      Yes, God certainly will greatly bless Father Dunn – and He’ll bless you for your contribution(s) to our blog, so hurry back to help us in our humble efforts to work for the restoration of the traditional Catholic Faith in Scotland – and beyond.

      October 2, 2020 at 10:58 pm
  • Anne

    What about the SIXTY Italian Priests who obeyed the Pope’s call to go out to the sick, and who all died from this virus? We have a lot of older priests in the UK. Must they die too? Who will there be left then to minister to the Laity? Having passion is all very well but we must also have wisdom.

    September 30, 2020 at 6:41 pm
    • editor


      The majority of the deceased were over the age of 70 years old, and some of these priests had underlying health conditions.

      In any case, as we know from the way the figures here are being manipulated if not downright fabricated, there’s no such thing as a “Covid-19 death” – try getting a list of those, and share the numbers with us, where you live.

      I’ve written to my MP and MSP only today to ask for details about the seven deaths in Scotland in the past 24 hours, allegedly from Covid. I’ve asked for evidence that these were actually Covid-19 deaths, in hospital and with or without any underlying condition.

      The scare-mongering is endless – and fact-less.

      September 30, 2020 at 6:48 pm
    • Athanasius


      You forgot to mention the elderly Italian Priest said to have been suffering from Covid-19 who gave up the chance of a ventilator to a young man. The priest died and the young man survived. This is what it means for priests to be like their Master: “greater love hath no man than this, that a man give up his life for his friends…” Pope Francis ordered priests to hide!!

      September 30, 2020 at 8:33 pm
  • anneduffinoutlookcom

    I agree with you entirely Father and I am grateful you stood up for Jesus. All priests should be doing this instead of causing more wounds and hurt to Jesus on the cross. Anne Duffin

    September 30, 2020 at 7:50 pm
  • Anne Duffin

    Father Dunn is standing up for Jesus and showing his great love for him
    Jesus must be so sad and hurt as the other priests add another wound to his tortured body on the cross..
    What happened to the years of martyrdom when priests stood up for their faith ?

    September 30, 2020 at 8:10 pm
    • editor

      Anne Duffin,

      Thank you for both of your posts – asking very important questions such as where are the priests who stood up for the Faith in days of yore.

      We are trying to ignite that spirit of martyrdom on our blog, through our various reports and conversations so you will be more than welcome if (as I hope you will) you return to contribute here in the future.

      God bless you.

      October 2, 2020 at 10:56 pm
  • gabriel syme

    What a truly inspiring and uplifting letter from Father Dunn.

    There speaks a true Priest of God, a true shepherd. His faith and bold frankness shames the hierarchy and many of his brother priests. How inadequate they must feel to compare themselves to him.

    I am sure that, at times, we are all guilty of feeling downcast about the state of the Church today, but how welcome it is to receive a ‘shot in the arm’ like this one from Father Dunn.

    I sincerely hope that, instead of the petty revenge against good priests normally associated with modern Bishops, the hierarchy instead display some reflection and humility. They should take this message to heart and ACT to reverse the damage they are causing.

    More power to Father Dunn! May God bless him!

    September 30, 2020 at 9:53 pm
  • littlebellsofgold

    I am very touched and impressed by the terrific example shown by our old friend Frankier. Remember Our Lord’s promise where two or three are gathered in His Name, He is there in their midst. And even if there is only one, as on Good Friday, I am sure Frankier’s efforts brought great grace to this troubled world.

    I am encouraged by his example to share a recent experience of my own. I had what you may call a confrontation with a priest regarding the unjust restrictions being placed on us during these frustrating times we are living in. I could not get through to him the stupidity of these rules. I came home and decided to do the fifty four day Rosary Novena for him. When I had calmed myself enough to proceed I decided that I would include all the priests of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. I am very quick to criticise them, but I have some very charitable friends who are always telling me of how many priests of good will there are. So I am half way through this Novena and have had some wonderful results so far.

    Not the least of these, of course, is Fr Dunn speaking out and setting a tremendous example to others. Two other priests have started saying the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday. One of these, Fr Gerard Byrne says this Mass at 9.30am on Sundays in St Brigid’s Toryglen. He also says the Traditional Mass at 10.00 am every First Saturday.

    I hope that more and more people will come to appreciate the Traditional Mass through these priests and also experience the grace and peace that it brings. But as we know that there is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding this form of Mass due to years of mis-information and the laity’s exalted self-importance. Priests who want to say it are sometimes faced with rigorous opposition from parishioners. So it takes time to practically re-educate them. This is where we have to play our part support these priests by encouraging others to appreciate the Mass as we do. The Traditional Rite of Mass is the anti-dote to this scamdemic and to all our ills.

    I am sharing this with all of you to encourage you not to give up. Keep praying for our priests. Stand firm with them. They need to know they have our support. There are many others out there like Frankier praying for them. I plead with all our priests to use the courage they were given in Confirmation and lead us.

    September 30, 2020 at 9:58 pm
    • gabriel syme


      That is good news about Fr Byrne in Toryglen now offering a traditional mass on sundays. Thanks for that news.

      I cant remember the priest or parish, but recently I heard a sunday TLM had started up in Dumbarton too.

      And before that, I heard that the parish in Cleland which had long offered a midweek TLM had now started a Sunday mass too.

      All good news.

      September 30, 2020 at 10:05 pm
    • editor

      LittleBellsofGold ,

      Thank you so much for that beautiful post – it is prayerful souls like your good self who win the graces for the miracles we see in the Church at this time of suffering and apostasy – miracles of grace such as those you outline above.

      If you would spare a prayer for a terrible sinner in my own life, that would be wonderful.

      Well, she’s not really a terrible sinner – she’s actually quite good at it 😀 .

      September 30, 2020 at 10:15 pm
    • Frankier


      Thank you also for your uplifting words but your actions are equally as meritorious as any of mine. Maybe even more so.

      September 30, 2020 at 10:38 pm
  • Julie

    Superb! At last the sheep have found a shepherd who will speak up for them. I am appalled at what is happening to the Catholic Church. I refuse to go through a booking system to be with my lord. Also I find the crime scene tape to cordon us off from each highly insulting. Satan’s smoke is everywhere! Wake up people, God is returning soon with his Warning are you ready will he find any faith left on earth will he?

    September 30, 2020 at 10:18 pm
    • editor


      Bravo! It’s wonderful that you refuse to go along with these shocking rules.

      On this blog, we try to do exactly what you exhort – to waken up our sleeping brothers and sisters in Christ, so don’t forget to return here and help us when you can. You’ll be more than welcome.

      God bless you.

      October 2, 2020 at 10:54 pm
  • John Rayner

    Thank you dear Editor for the whole of this column. I have really enjoyed reading it and I am delighted with its content. It has done my heart good and cheered me immensely.

    October 1, 2020 at 12:04 am
    • editor


      It’s the least I could do, given the fact that you and our other Australian bloggers introduced us to Sky News Australia, notably Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones, who are tearing wide open the lies we are being fed (by our Government controlled TV broadcasting media) about this “crisis”. So, as I say, the least we could do is publish Father Dunn’s Open Letter 😀

      October 1, 2020 at 11:26 am
  • Kristin

    These bishops are lawless rogues and renegades.

    October 1, 2020 at 12:06 am
    • editor


      Many thanks for those links – I’ve just had time to read the first one and it is superb. Thank you SO much for posting it. I strongly recommend that everyone read it – especially all the priests (and any passing bishops) because it is damning of what has been done in the name of this virus these past months.

      I tried to copy the section about Pope John Paul II but it’s not letting me copy, so that’s a pity. It points out that there is no specific canon to prohibit the bishops cancelling Masses but that is because, in revising Canon Law, Pope JP II would never have imagined any scenario in which any bishop would do that. It goes on to point out the lengths to which the Pope went in Communist Poland to provide the Mass when he lived there.

      There’s lots of important information in that article – I recommend everyone take the time to read it.

      Thanks again, Kristin.

      October 1, 2020 at 9:55 am
    • Athanasius


      I second Editor’s thanks, those links are very informative indeed.

      October 1, 2020 at 2:03 pm
  • Angela

    Hallelujah!! Praise God for Father Dunn who has spoken up for God and His people. A true disciple of Jesus. Fr Dunn has voiced the concerns of God’s childrens also. We Catholics need our priests to administer the Sacraments even more so in these trying times. God bless you Father, we need more priests to join your army and challenge the bishop.

    October 1, 2020 at 12:50 am
  • Geraldine Daly

    Thank you Fr. Dunn for your loyalty to Jesus and His flock .
    May God and Our Blessed Mother keep you safe in their love all the days of your life .

    October 1, 2020 at 1:23 am
  • Anne Marie Queen

    Thank you Father Dunn for sharing you’re letter with us all as The Family of God . May l firstly congratulate you on sharing you’re thoughts, feelings and most importantly you’re Spirituality and You’re Views to us all, for this l offer My full appreciation and l am fully in agreement of the sentiment and content In which you have laid out. As a practising Catholic who is a Wife Mother, Grandmother, l truly agree with all you have written and l hope and Pray Our Scottish Bishops under the Direction of Bishop Philip Tartaglia will take note of the content of you’re Letter which l know has came directly from you’re heart and may l say .. Very Well Said. For this l Thank you ..I hope and Pray you’re voice and many others including myself will be heard in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ In order that we can all come together and share again together the Wonderful Gift Our Lord gave to us 2000 years ago.. His Body, Soul and Divinity. I truly believe as Baptised Catholics this truly Is Our Birthright in which we were all Baptised and is such a Precious Gift … and Should Never Be Denied to all who seek him. May God watch over you Father during these times and May l Thank you for all that you’re doing in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and our Holy Mother Our Church including all of our Catholic Family with who have been denied The Sacraments for so long . God Bless You Father Dunn I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers at this time.. Anne Marie

    October 1, 2020 at 6:43 am
  • Teresa Doak

    Prayers for your continuing courage Fr. Dunn. Thank you for your love and caring for us all and your faith . God bless you Fr. In all that you do.🙏🙏

    October 1, 2020 at 9:36 am
  • Elizabeth Sharkey

    Thank you Father Dunn for being the voice of so many , you are an inspiration God Bless you always.

    October 1, 2020 at 1:47 pm
    • editor


      And Father is proving to be an inspiration to lots of people – including priests – across the world.

      Church Militant is, I believe, set to report the Open Letter, as well.

      God is never outdone in generosity – He is using Father’s courage to enable others to “keep the Faith, and tell the truth”…

      October 1, 2020 at 2:07 pm
      • gabriel syme


        You are right, Church Militant are reporting on Fr Dunn here:

        October 1, 2020 at 10:22 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Yes – and watch out for Lifesitenews because they’re set to report it as well. Hopefully tomorrow.

        I hope my beloved (but extremely mercenary) CT bloggers are not going to be demanding a pay rise for finding yourselves suddenly thrown into the limelight, famous worldwide… 😀

        October 1, 2020 at 11:47 pm
    • editor

      Angela, Geraldine, Anne-Marie, Teresa, Elizabeth,

      Lovely posts from each of you – very encouraging. I know that Father Dunn has drawn great comfort from all the supportive comments.

      I hope you won’t forget about our humble blog – we need all the help we can get to work for the restoration of the traditional Catholic Faith in Scotland (and beyond, of course – we start with the worst case and move onwards!)

      God bless – thank you for taking the time to comment.

      October 2, 2020 at 10:51 pm
  • Athanasius

    What has been particularly providential in Fr. Dunn’s letter of Catholic fidelity and holy zeal is that it was published on September 29, the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel.

    Dare we see in this letter echoes of the primordial exchange in which St. Michael responded with “who is like unto God” to Lucifer’s “I will not serve”? I can’t help seeing the significance and I sincerely hope and pray it knocks these bishops out of their stupor and their fear.

    October 1, 2020 at 2:07 pm
    • editor


      I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets – certainly nothing that any informed Catholic would not expect – when I say that the demons went to work to try to prevent publication of Father’s letter. And I can’t, in all honesty say, that I was on the side of the angels throughout. Mea culpa!

      October 1, 2020 at 2:12 pm
      • Athanasius


        Two weeks in a hair shirt ought to make sufficient recompense. Alternatively, you could have me phoning you for one hour each day for a fortnight which is the same thing!!

        October 1, 2020 at 4:19 pm
      • editor


        I’ll settle for the hair shirt!

        October 1, 2020 at 4:20 pm
      • Athanasius


        I’m just platting the horse hair together right now. One hair shirt coming up!

        October 1, 2020 at 11:01 pm
  • Mary

    What a superb letter from Fr. Dunn. I sincerely hope and pray he will not b punished – for speaking his sincere thoughts. I will pray for him.

    October 1, 2020 at 4:16 pm
    • editor


      I seriously doubt that he will be punished – the entire Catholic world is watching!

      October 1, 2020 at 4:19 pm
      • Athanasius


        I think you’re assuming that the Scottish hierarchy is concerned with what the “Catholic world” thinks. Every word and action of theirs for decades seems to suggest the opposite. They are, however, very cognisant of what the secular world thinks of them, which explains their public silence on the moral law and their compliance with the unlawful lockdowns.

        October 1, 2020 at 4:23 pm
      • editor


        It’s not really about “the Catholic world” and what it thinks – it’s about themselves and the fact that they hate bad publicity! Remember, they’ve spent years going to Rome on ad limina and other visits, pretending that everything in the Church in Scotland is rosy. This will not make them happy bunnies bishops, believe me!

        And that publicity just got “worse” – with this report from Church Militant which, love ’em or hate ’em, has a wide following…

        It must have killed them to include that link to this blog! You have to laugh!

        October 1, 2020 at 6:24 pm
      • Josephine


        That’s great to get it published on Church Militant – but can you imagine the hoo-ha if YOU’D written that headline! LOL! All Hell would have broken loose! “Gutsy priest rips covid coward bishops” WOW! I remember you used to have a headline-watcher blogger, who seems to have disappeared. She used to pick over your headlines all the time!

        It’s fairly getting around, so I hope Father Dunn survives this, LOL!

        Maybe you’ll be publishing stuff from other Scottish priests who have been too scared to speak out until now? We can always hope!

        October 1, 2020 at 7:43 pm
      • Athanasius


        I don’t care who spreads Fr. Dunn’s message, just glad it’s being spread. There is a little smileon my face that it so happens to be CM on this occasion.

        October 1, 2020 at 10:57 pm
      • gabriel syme


        Spot on, especially regarding the Bishops great concern with courting secular approval.

        October 1, 2020 at 10:25 pm
      • Michael Ross

        Comment removed.

        This comment contained false information. My invitation at the top of the thread is for readers to offer their support to Father Dunn’s excellent Open Letter.

        Constructive comments in keeping with the Catholic Truth objective of contributing to the restoration of the traditional Catholic religion in Scotland, are also welcome.

        Thank you.

        October 1, 2020 at 9:13 pm
      • Michael Ross

        What was the false information? Fr Dunn isn’t listed in the clergy list of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Where is he incardinated?

        Editor: your previous post contained false information and this one, ditto. Father Dunn IS listed with the clergy of Glasgow – in which archdiocese he is incardinated. If you check the Catholic Directory of Scotland you will see Father listed there, where he is shown to be on sabbatical. Perhaps you were checking the clergy list on the website of the Archdiocese of Glasgow – Father is not listed there (being on sabbatical); in any event, according to the website, the Archbishop hasn’t done a thing in 2020. His last recorded event was in 2019! You have to laugh. Diocesan websites are not too reliable, Sweetie Pie – so, off you go to check the Catholic Directory of Scotland. That’ll give you something to do in between trying to cause trouble here. Which ain’t gonna happen. ‘Scuse my American accent – I watch too much Tucker Carlson these days.

        You are clearly here to cause trouble and it ain’t gonna happen, so I suggest you go elsewhere. You do NOT have the interests of Christ and His Church at heart; you are looking for a fight and in different circumstances, I’d roll up my sleeves and oblige. Since I do not want to disrupt this pleasant and encouraging discussion, however, I’m letting you off lightly by telling you to take a hike. Anything which you submit is being scrutinised by me and will only be released if it conforms to our House Rules. Troublemakers are not welcome here. We’re not really into diversity and equality. Not remotely. Take the hint.

        PS : If Father Dunn is not a priest of the Archdiocese of Glasgow, why do you think the Archbishop of Glasgow wrote to him on 20 August, 2020, as quoted in his Open Letter? Just asking… Seems odd… Dontcha think?

        October 1, 2020 at 10:28 pm
  • Michaela

    That’s good to get it on Church Militant – they’re a big hitter, so it will be viewed the world over. I think it’s been well presented, too.

    October 1, 2020 at 6:39 pm
    • editor


      Yes, it’s great that Father’s letter is zooming around the world. Deo gratias.


      I did smile at the memory of our “headline watcher” – she’s disappeared off the scene altogether. She was a sometime blogger but an all-time enemy. Very sad. She would definitely have jumped on that headline if I’d written it – it would have been yet more evidence of my lack of charity if not my evil intent. She will, no doubt, be quite a fan of CM, though. You have to laugh!

      And no, it’s highly unlikely through to absolutely not going to happen that any other priest will come to us with an open letter or even a letter of support for Father Dunn.

      There have been priests who have paid lip-service to supporting our work over the years, but even they do not want to be publicly associated with us. Certainly not with me, myself and moi – Indeed, I was once asked to be kind enough to ignore a particular priest if we met in public. If we passed on the street, perchance, I was not to acknowledge him.

      This would be for fear (if he was with someone) that he would be tainted by association and/or the fear that I may quote him. I’ve made it so clear over the years that I never quote anyone (ordained or lay) without their explicit permission, but people are so nervous that they don’t want to risk it. It’s a fear second only to that generated by the Covid-19 scam.

      Father Dunn is the exception to the rule – he is humble and wants to work in the interests of Christ and His Church, not in his own interests. So he is prepared to use whatever outlet is available to him here in Scotland – albeit our less than polished production.

      Keep praying for him – especially if and when the publicity fades…

      October 1, 2020 at 8:03 pm
      • RCAVictor


        I was once asked to be kind enough to ignore a particular priest if we met in public. If we passed on the street, perchance, I was not to acknowledge him. This would be for fear (if he was with someone) that he would be tainted by association and/or the fear that I may quote him.

        I had no idea you were so toxic! Shouldn’t you be in quarantine?

        October 2, 2020 at 12:25 am
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Definitely – but on a remote Scottish island somewhere, not just lurking about in my humble home!

        Actually, I should clarify that the priest in question is not a Glasgow priest. So, the chances of us passing each other in the street were very slim, which I suppose helps to underline the extent of my unpopularity… See if I care…

        October 2, 2020 at 10:47 pm
  • Kay Downey

    It is so refreshing to hear a priest speak the truth… We are all starved from lukewarm teaching for the last 50 yrs.. Hosea ch 3 verse 2. (my people are starved from lack of knowledge)… We have started taking groups at Knock shrine in Ireland to pray for priests…. Priests need the courage of the Holy Spirit to speak out…. I will keep you in my prayers Fr… Well done.. God bless & protect you always.

    October 1, 2020 at 7:48 pm
  • Deborah Seiter

    Thank you, Fr. Dunn! I will add you to my growing (thanks be to God) list of priests who are speaking boldly in this time of unprecedented evil! Mary, Queen, Mother and Guardian of the clergy, ora pro nobis!

    October 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm
  • Mark D. Boyack

    Wake up Priests, Bishops, Cardinals and Holy Father Its God’s way that is imperative!!! Not yours or any other humans!!! Wake up for Gods sake, WAKE UP!!!!!!

    October 1, 2020 at 10:50 pm
    • editor


      There’s no lukewarmness on this blog, so keep in touch!


      It’s heartening to know you have a list of priests wo are speaking out boldly – please send some of them to Scotland!


      It’s a huge part of the mission of Catholic Truth to try to waken up Catholics, ordained and lay, as we aim to contribute to the restoration of the Catholic Faith in Scotland, so come back to join us – don’t disappear now!

      October 2, 2020 at 10:42 pm
  • Glas123

    Comment removed – off topic.

    October 2, 2020 at 12:33 am
  • Mary Burrows

    This is A wonderful reflection on what has happened.
    As a Mother I am concerned with the effect of our practice of the FAITH especially for our children and young Parents. Lots is being lost and I doubt the numbers of people returning to Church will not happen.
    When I talk to my children who attended Holy Mass regularly they have said the Church is too full, this 50 limit is preventing them going to Church.
    A spiritual war is surrounding us. Father Dunn is right. Too many leaders in our Holy Mother Church are not wanting to be seen to rock the boat.
    Our Government is not equipped to give us direction. The laws they have passed against Christian values are abhorrent. The FAMILY is struggling, it is a sad and difficult time to be Parents, nobody speaks out all smile and nod.
    Father Dunn thank you, no doubt you will now be ignored.
    You can be assured of my prayers to be a strong and Holy Priest. God Bless.

    October 2, 2020 at 5:04 am
    • editor

      Mary Burrows,

      You are so right – there is so much confusion and people are being lost. I’ve heard of at least one person who thinks he no longer needs to attend Mass, that he can just tune in to Mass online. It’s dreadful.

      And yes, it is completely shocking that the bishops and priests think nothing of taking instructions from our corrupt Governments. God help us all.

      October 2, 2020 at 9:45 am
  • Patrick Healy

    Dear Editor,
    In addition to praying for Fr Dunn, can we redouble our prayers for the Trump family who now have the Wuhan Flu?
    Thank you.

    October 2, 2020 at 7:49 am
    • editor


      In order to prevent this discussion going off in a different direction, would you kindly re-post your request onto the Trump thread. Thank you.

      I will then delete it here.

      PS – a short time later: I see Lily has posted this news on the Trump thread. I’ll let your post and mine stand as a reminder to bloggers not to post anything off topic. We try to keep the threads on topic all the time, but in this case it is particularly important, as it will become impossible to follow if there are off topic comments here and there. We’re getting a lot of one-time commentators, understandably wishing to support Fr Dunn and they won’t want to be distracted with other interventions. Do what we normally do – either use the closest topic thread or the General Discussion thread, to post off topic news. Thank you, Patrick et al.

      October 2, 2020 at 9:37 am
  • Frances Furie

    I greatly admire and respect Fr Dunn for his courage in speaking the truth. I hope that many priests will read his letter and be inspired to also write similar letters to their bishops. I particularly hope that priests in England Wales and Ireland read this and are prompted to write similar letters to their bishops.
    May God bless Fr Dunn abundantly and protect him.
    My husband and I will pray for him.

    October 2, 2020 at 10:07 am
    • editor


      It would, indeed be wonderful if priests across the land (and Irish Sea) followed Fr Dunn’s example and stood against the restrictions being imposed in our churches. We must keep praying to that end.

      Thank you for popping in – I hope you will return!

      October 2, 2020 at 10:39 pm
  • editor

    Here’s the Lifesitenews report on Fr Dunn’s letter…

    Note that the photograph in the LSN report is taken from Father Dunn’s celebration of his silver jubilee of ordination, 28 June, 2019. Lovely photo. And note that on that occasion, Father Dunn offered the Traditional Latin Mass. Deo gratias.

    And note, that Catholic Truth is quoted in the LSN report – so to those diocesan minions who have admitted their policy of giving no publicity to us, eat your hearts out!

    October 2, 2020 at 11:05 am
  • Julie Feeley

    I fully agree with Fr. Dunn. We are children of God and have to behave as such.
    Too much fear has been fed to the people & if they had a strong enough faith they would know, that having been washed in the blood of Christ we will overcome. 🙏
    When did we become so watered down. Forgive us father. I stand with Fr. Stephen Dunn. God bless.

    October 2, 2020 at 5:19 pm
  • Marian slevin Curran

    Father I commend you for your integrity in speaking out so boldly.
    I agree with everything you say n have been telling those who would listen that Canonical law is never subservient to State law.
    God Bless you and I will remember you in my prayers. Marian

    October 2, 2020 at 7:28 pm
    • editor

      Julie and Marian,

      Thank you for your lovely comments in support of Fr Dunn.

      I hope you will keep in touch with our blog, now that you’ve found us – you won’t find any watered down Catholicism here, be assured!

      October 2, 2020 at 10:37 pm
  • Khadiga Hassouna

    Superb letter and clearly guided by the holy spirit. We must pray for more to follow suit. I wish we had a father Dunn or Altman here in Ireland….he will arise soon God willing. God bless this Good and faithful servant

    October 3, 2020 at 1:00 am
    • Josephine

      That’s what struck me about Father Dunn’s letter – that is was a real work of the Holy Spirit. Thank God for good priests like him.

      October 3, 2020 at 11:06 pm
  • Anna

    Wonderful letter by Father Dunn. I have forwarded his letter ( with excellent catachisis) to family in South Africa , Canada and Uganda. A Wonderful priest, we need to support him. We moan about not having the clergy to support us. Well he has, and at a huge sacrifice, we need to come out in droves( it will be a horrible shame if we don’t) to support him. Our Lady of Fatima Pray for us.🙏🏿

    October 3, 2020 at 4:46 pm
    • Catherine


      I fully agree with every word. I look forward to seeing you at the rosary. I see you have sent it far and wide. I hope your family and friends will also forward it on, even to their local parish emails.

      October 3, 2020 at 6:12 pm
  • graeme taylor

    Thank you, Fr. Dunn – a very clear and positive letter. Pray that our eight bishops will be inspired to carry out their ministry as successors of the Apostles and act to get Mass back without the “crime scene” tape, the tickets, the sanitizer, and the masks and other politicized nonsense government “guidance” out of God’s House.

    October 3, 2020 at 5:16 pm
  • Brian O'Flynn

    It has the ring of truth , what is to become of the faithful? Stay close to Jesus… because we may be living in a time of great apostasy

    October 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm
    • Lily

      Brian O’Flynn,

      There’s no “maybe” about it – we are definitely living in a time of great apostasy and we were forewarned about it at Fatima. That’s the part of the Third Secret that the Vatican won’t release.

      October 3, 2020 at 8:52 pm
  • Cyriac

    Thank you Father Dunn for your letter. In a church of cowards who daily worship the power of a virus and demonstrate by their words and actions that they do not believe Jesus Christ will protect His disciples, your Catholic faith in Our Lord is as rare as it is welcome.

    To Bishop Tartaglia as you follow the commands of a secular governent that hates Our Lord and persecutes His Church under the veil of prudent public health policy – ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.’ Matt 10:28

    October 3, 2020 at 9:07 pm
  • Agnes Fox

    Dear Father Dunn everything you have stated in your letter I totally agree with you 100%. I’m heartbroken as to how the hierarchy of our faith allowed this “ shutting us out of God’s house “ how our local priests openly put on face book reminders of catholics to pay their plate money by pay pal etc I remember a priest telling us “ Do Not miss Mass if you have no money fir the plate” also I’m angry at being told to clock in and out if you manage to get a ticket to attend mass ??? My daily Rosary I will remember you Father Dunn.

    October 4, 2020 at 12:54 am
  • editor

    Father Dunn has asked me to post the following message…

    Dear brother/sister in Christ,

    Thank you for your support; much appreciated.

    Today, Sunday, I am offering the Traditional Latin Mass for you, your family and your intentions.

    God Bless.
    Fr Stephen Dunn

    October 4, 2020 at 1:19 pm
  • editor

    An English reader has emailed the following message for Fr Dunn…

    Please will you tell Fr Dunn that he is being enrolled for perpetual daily traditional Mass by the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer (Papa Stronsay). No need to say who’s doing it. They sorely need protection, priests like him… Thanks and God bless..

    I’ve passed on this message to Father and he is delighted – and he expresses his immense gratitude for such kind generosity.

    October 4, 2020 at 1:55 pm
  • editor

    I’ve just been alerted to the following comment from the Archdiocese of Glasgow on the Facebook page. Brace yourselves!

    “As concern grows about the higher numbers of Covid infections in Scotland the advisory panel to the Bishops’ Conference remind us: “We are at a fragile point in the fight against coronavirus. The rate of infections and, sadly, the number of deaths, is on the rise. It is important that we all persevere in our efforts to reduce transmission of the disease and make sure that we stick rigidly to the infection control procedures in place and don’t take unnecessary risks.”
    Being careful, renouncing otherwise legitimate pleasures and taking precautions (social distancing, face coverings and sanitisation of hands and surfaces) is an act of charity and justice towards our neighbour.
    Our Lady Health of the Sick, pray for us

    Clearly, the Archbishop & Co have swallowed the propaganda hook, line and sinker. They don’t seem to have an critical thought between them.

    I have not had any reply from my MP and MSP when I asked them for details of recent reports of Covid “deaths” – so I think it would be pointless to write to the Archdiocese to ask them what they mean by “Covid deaths.”

    Until I see a list of people who have died FROM this virus, and this virus alone, I will not believe the alleged numbers. The Archbishop would be well advised to take a similarly intelligent approach before continuing to make church and Mass attendance such a penance on the Catholic people.

    The Archbishop continues to centre his preaching on the world whereas Christ told us that we are not of the world: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these other things [including protection from Covid-19] will be given unto you.”

    October 4, 2020 at 11:51 pm
    • Idiots Guide To The Virus

      You are never going to see “a list of people” who died of the virus due to confidentiality. Don’t be so stupid!

      Editor: I usually delete nasty personal remarks from idiots like you, but decided to highlight your ignorance (if not stupidity) by reminding you that we have seen whole news segments devoted to naming alleged Covid-deceased along with photographs on TV, families lamenting (naturally) their passing, and there’s always this from the USA…

      For the record, though, I don’t care about “names” – I meant (and assumed people of average intelligence would understand) that I would like to see a list of numbers of those who have died exclusively from Covid, separate from those who have died due to heart attacks and other illnesses. In the cut and thrust of debates on important topics, it’s generally assumed that people will grasp what others mean without having to have everything literally spelt out. There’s always one, though, needs it literally spelt out.

      Get it now? Rhetorical question. Take your troublemaking elsewhere.

      October 5, 2020 at 10:29 am
      • Idiots Guide To The Virus

        I heard a sermon last week where the priest said that when we insult someone, call them names, gripe about them, gossip etc, we do it about Our Lord. Reflect.
        Editor: you obviously missed the point, calling me “stupid”

        You asked for a list of names and then claimed you didn’t ask for a list. I’m assuming you are an older person with cognitive decline if you think that’s intelligent.
        Editor: I suggest you reflect on that sermon again – O and I’m a qualified teacher of English, so I’m offering you some free reading lessons to help with your comprehension.

        God bless you and your humble apostolate.

        Editor: well He certainly won’t be blessing your troublemaking. You’re now blocked, Sugar Plum – (under all your guises…] Byeee…

        October 5, 2020 at 10:54 am
      • Saraht1971

        Dear Editor,

        Surely you must know that when individual stories are reported on that happens with the consent of the family. It’s unthinkable that a list of names would be sent out on request. Your elected parliamentarians wouldn’t have access to that data.


        Editor: as I’ve already pointed out I do seek names. Numbers of deaths from all different causes. Covid-19 should have its own list. Get it now? No further comments from you on this matter will be published. Life’s too short.

        October 5, 2020 at 11:02 am
      • Margaret Mary


        You won’t need me to tell you but when people like that come on to nit pick like that, it’s because they are livid with the discussion! This will be someone (“stupid” to use his own word! LOL!) who is furious with Father Dunn – brave priest – for speaking out against the interference of the state with Church affairs.

        October 5, 2020 at 11:42 am
  • Alberto Jiménez Zuluaga


    Editor: thank you – I am not sure any of our bloggers speak Spanish so I attempted a Google Translation, which follows..



    October 5, 2020 at 4:14 am
  • crofterlady

    This last weekend held the postponed Peter’s Pence collection. What a cheek! Do people really NOT KNOW where that money goes? In recent times it has been used to fund/invest in Elton John’s film, Rocketman, which included gay sex! Also, several million was used by ex Cardinal Becciu to buy a luxury block of flats in Chelsea, London and to line the pockets of his brothers. The same cardinal also transferred a huge sum into the coffers of the Victoria police after the imprisonment of Cardinal Pell. Corruption pure and simple. Faithful Catholics should NOT support this “charity”.

    October 5, 2020 at 9:16 am
  • editor

    I received an email from a reader this afternoon, in which she gave the following information:

    Some very disturbing news from St Andrew’s Cathedral. No public rosary allowed for First Saturday Devotions. Silent rosary only. Also announced by Fr Sharkey on First Saturday that the clergy there will no longer say “Body of Christ” when distributing Holy Communion to the people who have to remain in their seats and not process to the Altar to receive Holy Communion. The people are not to say “Amen” either as they used to do pre-lockdown. Ends.

    I emailed Father Sharkey at the cathedral and, courteously, he replied very promptly as follows – but note, the person, Marie, to whom he refers, is not the person who emailed me…

    Many thanks for your e-mail. I am happy to clarify the situation for you and perhaps you would be good enough to pass it on to Marie, whom I believe posted this information on Facebook.

    Since public Masses have resumed, priests are required to wear masks while distributing Holy Communion and are to say a short prayer before distributing Holy Communion in place of the ‘Body of Christ’. This is in the official guidelines. I have absolutely no objection to people responding Amen as I give them the Sacred Host and have never given any instruction or announcement about this.
    From re-opening, I felt that people remaining in their places (where, indeed, they can choose to kneel to receive Communion) was more dignified than having them receive the Lord and be directed to leave the church immediately, as has happened in other parishes.

    Regarding the Rosary: Since the Cathedral only opened at 12.30 (after a short period of Exposition for those unable to be present in church) and Mass was to begin at 1pm, I felt that public Rosary, while helpers were taking people’s names and contact details and then guiding them safely to their seats (again in accordance with the current guidelines), would be difficult to do in a reverent way. On a practical level, it would also have been difficult to ensure that Clare, who leads the prayers, would have been kept safe since she would not have been 2m distant from others and would have been without a mask at the time. However, I asked Clare to lead the Fatima prayers from the ambo (more than three metres from the congregation) at 12.50, prior to Mass, to conclude the time of prayer and ensure that we had done as much as possible for the devotions, while still following the guidelines and keeping people as safe as possible.

    I appreciate that this situation is very far from ideal but so much of our lives are at the moment. Should you wish me to explain anything else, or clarify further, then please do not hesitate to get back in touch.

    With sincere good wishes,
    Fr. Sharkey

    I replied to Father Sharkey as follows…

    Thank you Father, for your prompt response. I will be reporting the original message and will, of course, publish your clarification. I don’t know “Marie” (at least not sure if this is any Marie known to me, because I’m not on Facebook – I received this message from someone else).

    It is, however, heart-breaking to read your uncritical acceptance of the need for all the “safety” advice, let alone the Government’s right to impose rules on the Church. To see such massive changes implemented in our parishes on the ridiculous pretext of keeping us safe from a virus from which almost 100% recover (including the healthy elderly) just leaves me speechless. And that ain’t easy to achieve.

    I take it that you will have read Father Dunn’s Open Letter on our blog – it is just beyond belief that all the rest of the priests and bishops in Scotland are obeying the State in these matters. Just beyond belief. I’m hoping and praying that more and more priests will put their “careers” on hold in the name of doing the right thing and refusing to obey our disgraceful bishops in this subservience to the State. With respect, may I remind you that Judgement, Father, may come to any one of us at any moment.

    God bless you (Signed)

    Pray for priests, folks. They are really and truly living in the role of the blind being led by the blind. Blind Bishops – all eight of them in Scotland. God help us all.

    October 5, 2020 at 4:27 pm
  • Athanasius


    Never a truer word!

    October 5, 2020 at 6:38 pm
  • gabriel syme

    The Bishops are now crowing that public worship and parish life can continue, even despite the Govt claiming COVID is on the rise again. This is due to the “meticulous” safety measures in place, apparently.

    However what is currently being offered only caters to a tiny minority of people and so is hardly worth shouting about – as Fr Dunn pointed out so well, recently.

    I would be very interested to be a fly on the wall in other places of worship – for example, Glasgow Central Mosque (a very large building) – to see how they are fairing with imposed limits on attendance etc.

    October 5, 2020 at 9:01 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      I believe this is the latest attempt to “answer” Father Dunn – I’m hearing about parish newsletters emphasising the importance of the restrictions…

      Just posted a new thread on the subject of non-compliance – we have another rebel in our midst 😀

      October 5, 2020 at 9:58 pm
  • Athanasius


    Indeed you have – but contrary to the old James Dean movie this rebel is one with a cause, and a just cause at that.

    October 5, 2020 at 10:20 pm
  • Tara

    God bless this wonderful priest! It is horrible to see these Cardinals and Bishops literally LOCKING THE FAITHFUL OUT OF CHURCH AND DENYING THE SACRAMENTS. ALL OVER THE WORLD!! Have these people no fear for their immortal souls?? The Cardinals and Bishops should fall to their knees and beg God’s forgiveness. What a scandal. I am from Wisconsin U.S.

    October 6, 2020 at 2:25 pm
    • editor


      Thank you – Father is delighted with all the people who have supported him here. You are right to call him “this wonderful priest”.

      But have you read about the less than wonderful priest who tried to bully one of our bloggers into conforming to Government rules?

      You may wish to take a moment to congratulate the author of that article for his brave and wholly Catholic response to that Faceless and Faithless priest.

      God bless America!

      October 6, 2020 at 5:15 pm
  • Agnes Flaherty

    I certainly will keep Fr. Dunn in my prayers. Fr, you are saying exactly what we faithful Catholic are feeling. We too are upset about all what’s happening in our churches . If Jesus came he would tear down those awful signs and demand the Holy font to be filled. God Bless you Fr. May the Lord protect you. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

    October 6, 2020 at 8:16 pm
    • editor

      Thank you Agnes – and maybe now you would like to make sure the priest in St Mungo’s knows that you are NOT pleased with him; he bullied a young man for not wearing a mask and warned him not to return for Confession again, You can post your thanks to that young Catholic man for standing up to that bad priest if you click on this link…

      October 6, 2020 at 9:13 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    In the above is a discussion about the “slow totalitarianism that is taking hold worldwide. The man being interviewed has spoken to those who have escaped from communists, who recognise what is in fact happening.

    October 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Here’s a good article about the pseudo-religion the author calls “covidism,” and the reason she thinks the Church (I think she means Christians generally, but it’s hard to tell) has succumbed so easily:

    October 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm
  • Athanasius


    I think the author of that article is coming at it from the ecumenical “faith traditions” point of view, nevertheless the general thrust is spot on. Covidism is a new religion of science, science fiction actually, that has taken the place of God in our churches and in society as the new deity to be worshipped. Fr. Keevins is just one example of many priests (and prelates) who have abandoned Our Lord Jesus Christ to serve this idol. It’s what happens when supernatural faith is slowly replaced over many years with naturalism so that the health of the bod becomes more important than the health of the soul. And we know who the architects of naturalism are – they are Communists and Freemasons!

    October 7, 2020 at 4:34 pm
  • Eleanor de Melo

    Thank you Fr Stephen Dunn for speaking and upholding the Truth of Our treasured Catholic Faith . We in our praying community closely supported by the Franscians of the Immaculata from near St Mary’s, Gosport and St Joseph’s , Portsmouth pray for your protection by all of the angels and saints in heaven, and especially Our Blessed Mother on the feast of the Most Holy Rosary . We pray many more priests and bishops with stand up for God’s Truth in these dark times facing our churches.

    May God bless you under the protection of Our Lady’s Mantle.

    Editor: thank you very much for your lovely comment and promise of prayers for Father Dunn. I hope you will also remember to pray for the layman who has been threatened with refusal of the Sacraments (including Confession – reflect on the significance of that) if he continues to refuse to wear a mask and register his details on arrival.

    God bless you.

    October 7, 2020 at 10:11 pm
    • Liz Masebo

      Unfortunately in this diocese too, the church has become a series of what appear to be wartime warehouses, where the ‘gestapo’ at the door are so busy with their clipboards accosting people noisily, while inside the beleagured monstrance encasing the Holy Eucharist is virtually abandoned.

      I haven’t been to this particular church, but it’s home page is typical of churches in the Portsmouth diocese and shows a chart of exactly what our bishop wants for his churches:

      Meanwhile from Portsmouth Cathedral 4/10/20
      “Government regulations require members of the congregation to wear masks which cover the nose and mouth throughout the time we are in church”

      The ‘gestapo’ even at the churches where the friars minister to us so faithfully enforce these draconian / demonic rules and seem to carry them out with such gusto you’d think the state must be rewarding them handsomly. But evidently no, they are willing agents of the state, to the detriment of people’s souls – scaring some away for fear of catching the ‘deadly’ virus, telling those of us who can’t wear masks for health reasons we might cause the church to be fined 10s of thousands of pounds, but more often making others, especially young people strugging with the Faith, stay away permanently because of the weakness they encounter in the Church.

      These voluntary government agents, aka church stewards, are so busy with policing souls, they have no time to join our prolife vigils in the open air. Instead they warn people off with scaremongering stories about police and army personnel set to arrest us. The reality being local police are very supportive of our right to peacefully draw attention to what goes on in abortuaries. It goes without saying no army is about to arrest us… yet!

      On 19 August a few of us wrote to the bishops of England and Wales following their notorious declaration that it was our “duty as Catholics” to take whatever vaccine the government wanted to force on us:

      Last week emblazoned on “Catholic” newsmedia were the headlines Bishops do a “U-turn” and all the gullible Catholics praised the bishops – for what? Telling us it’s now up to our own consciences whether we take a vaccine or not, despite the fact the vaccine has traces of an aborted foetus in its makeup. Pontius Pilate comes to mind…

      Here’s news for you bishops: I for one will never wear a mask in a church, not even if it was to save me from imminent death! It’s time we took back our Church from these charletans!

      Editor: Liz, thank you for your excellent comment. To find out precisely why this virus is anything but deadly, I urge you to watch this 40 minutes video (posted on another thread by another blogger, but which you might miss) – a must-watch, because it covers all of the key issues and gives us hope that perhaps those apostate bishops – like our disgraceful politicians – will, in fact, end up in prison for their crimes against humanity.

      October 8, 2020 at 4:22 pm
  • Liz Masebo

    I must add, our primary reason to pray outside abortuaries is to be a sign to anyone in difficulty who has nowhere else to turn to in a crisis pregnancy, to let them know in fact whatever help they need is available if they wish to avail of it. We are also there as a reminder that our society turns a blind eye to what actually happens in these places. We are all collectively responsible for the fact that we live in a society where human life is trashed if it’s not convenient, despite all the pretence that ‘grannies matter’

    October 8, 2020 at 4:46 pm
  • Henry Benjamin Stoneking

    Fr Dunn,
    Thanks for fighting for truth. It is a sad fact that the takeover of the Catholic Church is the biggest reason for the current state of affairs in the world. The modernist invasion attempted to water down Jesus and turn him into a liberal who stood for nothing. The changing of the liturgy was the greatest attack as Catholics did not fight for the only legal liturgy: the Saint Pope Pius the fifth 1570 liturgy. This (Novus Ordo) weakened the power of the sacrament, weakened the spirituality of the laity and is the reason we have such weak men in the church hierarchy and priesthood. Obviously putting perverts in the hierarchy and priesthood and infesting all seminaries was and is a big problem as well.

    But the fact is that the satanic earthly powers have already lost the war; and this is why they act so desperately now. They have done everything possible to destroy the church and it has all failed miserably. Tradition is alive among the young people and truth has won out. We don’t blame the church for imposters and perverts. We don’t surrender our church to the modernists. It is our church and always will be; it was never a “false church” as to call it such is to ignore the Holy Ghost.

    In my local church, we were enjoying such great power and unity; and many churches were packed right as the fake virus came on the scene to interrupt this excitement. This is an act of desperation and should not dissuade is from celebrating our faith and living a life of joy.

    Interesting to note as well how many priests and bishops and the [Editor: I deleted an adjective which, like the word you put in inverted commas above to describe the Church, ignores the the Holy Ghost!] pope worked hand in hand with this earthly force to slow the church down. A couple months before the so called virus, we lost a priest to something he apparently did with an underage boy. They never told us what he did; just removed him suddenly. This was a blow to the parish. So we overcame that within weeks and had a better vibe than ever before. Then the covid comes. What a coincidence!

    When church leaders assert their rights; this fake pandemic will end instantly. Since our leaders are so spineless, it may take action from the laity. I keep living a normal life just like I did during the Easter shut down. I went to church every day instead of partaking in the so called parking lot masses. I have not worn a mask one time in church or the grocery store. Anybody who wears the mask is putting the mark of the beast on; and making themselves complicit in this evil plot. As a member of the Body of Christ you are supposed to fight for truth; not promote lies.

    I think this covid voyage has really separated the sheep from the goats. It was necessary; and has sped up the inevitable end of all the nonsense. They have lost the war; and do not have the momentum to go any further. Over half of the country wants no part of vaccines. We want to worship God with the real liturgy. And we will get this when we take off the masks, ignore all these ridiculous protocols, and act like The Victors we are (instead of moping around with face diapers on). Wake up people!

    October 9, 2020 at 6:47 pm
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe


      You are absolutely right. We stand up and fight.
      Incorrect information, deceit, suppression 7 lies are continously being given by our Government, both Scottish and UK. I believe the only way they will altar course is if fear for their money and reputation is proclaimed before the country. This must start from a few and grow.

      So I say to you:

      Please watch this video. It is 50 minutes long and you will need to will need to give it your FULL attention to appreciate the legal information and content it contains. I say, ideally connect your laptop to a TV screen and watch it that way. The man at the centre of the video is a German Lawyer and 4 others, who have been gathering factual evidence and evidence of peoples actions (Gov advisors) that cannot be denied about Covid and the lies/deceit around it. The Lawyer led the case of the claim against Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen, both for Billions of dollars, because of false information given. We are being given gravely inaccurate information about Covid – this is explained very clearly in video.

      Please copy this link, the above paragraph and this:

      Dear Sir/Madame, Covid – Incorrect info, deceit, suppression & lies!


      Put it together, print off copies and give it to anyone, but ESPECIALLY anyone you know who has a business – eg pubs, restaurants etc that has had to close. (such people are loosing business, money and probably laying people off, making them redundant). Encourage them to watch the video so that the hopefully can see that a legal damages case, a Group Litigation Order, for their losses could be started against Boris, Nicola, Matt Handcock, . . .. etc, for the losses suffered through the actions of Boris, Nicola, Matt, etc in impossing lock down based of false facts propogated by their advisors. This Group would be Country wide group and proceed as such to Court, so little individual cost, if any, to such individuals/businesses.

      I have addressed this to you Henry, but I encourage all who read, to do like wise.
      We need to gather a wee snowball at the top of the hill and start it rolling down the hill, but we all must get some snow for the wee ball at the top. If manage it, and with the grace of God, hopefully we can scare/frighten them into stopping the gravely incorrect actions, if they beome aware a Court litigation has been started against them for damages.

      All is explained in the above video link, 50 mins, but worth every second for the armour it is offering us. It is up to us to take it up and start fighting!

      October 10, 2020 at 12:50 am
      • graeme taylor

        Our Lady of Guadalupe, thank you for posting that report on Gloria TV I am sending it to everyone I can think of.
        There is hope yet ( never thought I would be grateful to lawyers!)

        October 11, 2020 at 4:44 pm
  • Bill Black Bray, Co . Wicklow

    What joy it is to hear a Catholic priest speak out against the restrictions forced upon us Catholics by the secular state and unfortunately supported by our Bishops here in Ireland and Scotland. At least some of our Churches are open and we can pray before the Tabernacles. For me personally, I love entering the Church on my own as very often sad to say, i am the only person in it. However i can sing out loud Praising God, doing the Stations of the Cross and able to focus on my lord and savior Jesus Christ.What joy I have to experience Gods love, Presence in the Tabernacle and to be aware that the Saints in Heaven are praising God with me. I can even read the Bible out loud and allow God speak to my heart through the Holy Spirit. Psalm 119 V 105 Your Word is a lamp to my Path and light to my feet. Psalm 91 for protection of out family and friends and all who visit the Empty Churches . What joy. Try it yourself. God will speak to you through his Word and you will be Blessed.

    October 16, 2020 at 9:54 pm
    • Tracy

      You have found the pearl of great price Bill! God bless you

      October 19, 2020 at 11:48 pm
  • Socorro vila magno

    Father God bless you!! You are rigth continued to figth the figth of God!!!

    October 20, 2020 at 7:06 pm

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