Death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Glasgow Announced Today – R.I.P…

Death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Glasgow Announced Today – R.I.P…

Announcement from the Archdiocese of Glasgow

It is with the greatest sorrow that we announce the death of our Archbishop Philip. He died suddenly at his home in Glasgow, this morning, the feast of St Mungo. He was 70 years old. Requiescat in pace Full statement    Ends…


The reporting of the Archbishop’s death in the media is misleading.  The headline at Scottish TV news is typical:  “Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow dies with Coronavirus.” Click here to read the report and note that there is no mention of the fact that the Archbishop had suffered a heart attack around five years ago…

Our sympathy and assurance of our prayers for the repose of his soul  is extended to the  Archbishop’s family and friends.  May he rest in peace.   

Comments (30)

  • editor

    I have been away from my computer all day and received this news by text in the early afternoon, so apologies for the delay in marking his passing on this blog. .

    At Catholic Truth we have been critical in our reporting of the archdiocese on the Archbishop’s watch (as we are of the rest of Scotland!)

    However, today we urge our bloggers to simply log their promise of prayers, and any helpful edifying information or spiritual encouragement, because his death is a reminder that we will all stand before the throne of God one day, to give an account of our lives and answer for how we used – or didn’t use – the gift of our Catholic Faith.

    May he rest in peace.

    January 13, 2021 at 5:30 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    It’s really beyond any decency now that the Death of The Archbishop is Being Politicised if that is the case .I personally didn’t know much about the Man but he seemed a good Catholic. Whether he was of Francis train of Spirituality I know not . I actually heard from a neighbor of mine as I got off a Bus . He said that the Archbishop had Died from this Chinese Disease and I wondered as I hadn’t heard anything of him being ill . May He Rest in Peace .

    January 13, 2021 at 6:40 pm
    • Theresa Rose


      I was told that the Archbishop had died from this Chinese Disease too. But, whether he had been ill from anything else I could not say.

      Certainly I will keep him in my prayers for the repose of his soul.

      January 13, 2021 at 7:25 pm
      • editor

        Theresa Rose,

        I explained in the introduction that the Archbishop had a heart condition. He had a heart attack in 2015. See the link in the intro.

        January 13, 2021 at 9:15 pm
  • Joseph

    I’m not familiar with Scottish hierarchy but from what I have read he was not an evil man dressed up as bishop like most of the American ones. I’m afraid that Glasgow, such a great archdiocese, will get a Bergoglio carbon copy. He has destroyed already damaged archdioceses in the U.S. with such appointments. You are going to miss your bishop once that you got a James Martin type sent by Bergoglio to destroy what is left of the Catholic faith in Glasgow.

    January 13, 2021 at 7:43 pm
    • Athanasius


      Now is a time to simply pray for Archbishop Tartaglia’s soul rather than speak of his tenure. Suffice it to say you will get a general feel for all of Scotland’s prelates by reading the “Open Letter to the Scottish Bishops” in the list on the right sidebar.

      January 14, 2021 at 12:02 am
    • editor


      Athanasius is correct – now is not the time for a critical analysis of the Archbishop’s time in charge of Glasgow. Athanasius’ Open Letter, available via the sidebar, gives an overview of the Scottish Bishops in general, but I’ll also link the most recent discussion we had focussing on the Archbishop himself, not for further discussion (I’ve just added the news of his death to that thread, before closing the discussion down), but in order to drive home the need to pray for him.

      I hadn’t been thinking of that discussion at all today, but when a friend reminded me on the telephone, describing it as a very good reason to pray very hard for him, I thought I would post it as a reminder.

      As is the Catholic way, we assume that the majority of us will need to pass through Purgatory so let’s do our utmost to help cut short the time our Archbishop has to spend there.

      January 14, 2021 at 12:34 am
  • Athanasius

    A statement by the Archdiocese of Glasgow reads in part: “It is with the greatest sorrow that we announce the death of our Archbishop.The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has died suddenly at his home in Glasgow. He was 70 years old. Archbishop Tartaglia, who had served as Archbishop of Glasgow since 2012, had tested positive for COVID 19 shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating at home. The cause of death is not yet clear“.

    I can say from research that Archbishop Tartaglia suffered a heart attack in Spain some 7 years ago. Hence, he had a bad heart which ties in with the suddenness of his death. They will say it was Covid-19, as they do with everyone else who dies (regardless of cause), but it’s more likely to have been heart failure. We’ll see what the official declaration of the Archdiocese is in due course.

    January 13, 2021 at 7:50 pm
    • gabriel syme


      I agree with your analysis. You are dead right that this will be attributed to Covid and even held up as justification for restrictions on the Church.

      January 13, 2021 at 8:45 pm
    • Catherine


      I am inclined to agree with you. It is quite significant that he will face his judgement on this very day – the Feast day of his predecessor – Patron Saint of Glasgow. I will pray for his soul, RIP.

      I pray also that other Priests, Cardinals, and Bishops will take stock as they don’t know when they will have to give an account of their life and we are now living through a time of great trial for the Priesthood.

      We need to the prayer for priests on a daily basis as a matter of real urgency.

      January 13, 2021 at 8:55 pm
      • Athanasius


        I agree entirely with you – we need to pray for all consecrated souls with increased fervour. God knows, they bear so great a responsibility for souls before Our Lord, especially now when atheist governments are suppressing religion everywhere under the pretext of health. Hard times indeed.

        January 13, 2021 at 11:43 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Sad news – may Archbishop Tartaglia rest in peace.

    As others have said, the Archbishop had suffered a heart attack previously and had been of fragile health for some years.

    I will remember him in my prayers.

    January 13, 2021 at 8:43 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

    When I saw “heart attack,” ,my first thought was to wonder if he had taken the vaccine, but I suppose his existing heart condition explains this.

    January 13, 2021 at 9:21 pm
  • Lily

    Sad to hear of the death of the Archbishop – I do believe he needs a lot of prayers. May he rest in peace.

    January 14, 2021 at 11:33 am
  • Laura

    I send mu condolences to the Archbishop’s family, and am praying for the repose of his soul. RIP

    January 14, 2021 at 12:09 pm
  • Athanasius

    I see the Archbishop’s death is being reported in The Scotsman newspaper as a Covid-19 death when the Archdiocese has issued a statement saying the cause of death is not yet established. It’s far more likely that he died from heart failure, given that he did actually have a bad heart.

    Just shows how the media is deliberately helping government to spread lies about Covid-19 to terrorise the people. Evil lot!

    January 14, 2021 at 12:54 pm
  • crofterlady

    Bishop Logan has also died. May he rest in peace.

    January 14, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    • Laura


      I couldn’t think who Bishop Logan was, so I searched and he’s a former Bishop of Dunkeld. No cause of death is mentioned.

      January 14, 2021 at 2:22 pm
  • crofterlady

    They said it was covid related. Of course they did. I think he had a stroke some years ago so he wouldn’t have been in great shape, poor man.

    January 14, 2021 at 2:26 pm
    • editor


      I know people who no longer speak of the National Health Service but the Covid Health Service. Nothing else matters; nothing else is treated. If only there were a way of withdrawing from it, and having a huge refund, I’d go for it, pronto. I no longer respect the… er… Covid Health Service. Not one bit.

      Just as (I’m hearing) the media has been bribed to go along with the scam, so I believe have medics, at least those at the very top who warn their subordinates against speaking out. No opinions allowed.

      January 14, 2021 at 6:09 pm
  • Clovis Minor

    Praying for his repose!

    January 14, 2021 at 2:48 pm
  • Nicky

    It’s amazing that Bishop Logan should die the very day after Archbishop Tartaglia.

    My prayers for both of them – may they rest in peace.

    January 14, 2021 at 8:11 pm
  • Margaret USA

    In Your abode, O Lord, where all Your Saints repose, grant rest to the soul of Your servant, for You alone love mankind.

    Panakhyda, Second Troparion for the Deceased

    Eternal memory!

    January 15, 2021 at 6:46 am
  • crofterlady

    My goodness, another one! God rest his soul.

    January 15, 2021 at 3:55 pm
    • editor


      Call me a nit-picker if you wish, but I remember the days when people died of various things, heart attacks, strokes, cancers, pneumonia, road traffic accidents, you name it. Now only “the virus” causes deaths. Er…

      I’m adding this latest victim to my growing list of deceased bishops for whom to pray.

      May he rest in peace…

      January 15, 2021 at 5:41 pm
  • The Doc

    Who do we think we will be appointed as his successor one would suspect it would be a lateral move of John Keenan

    January 22, 2021 at 1:53 am
    • editor

      The Doc,

      Who knows? These modernists move in mysterious ways, their wonders to perform.

      Archbishop Tartaglia was Bishop of Paisley prior to being appointed to Glasgow, as I’m sure you will know, so who knows, the lightning may strike twice.

      OR the Vatican may take the chance to cut down on the number of bishops in Scotland and appoint Bishop Nolan of Galloway, which would allow that desperate (or so I’m told) diocese to go through the motions of merging with another (desperate) diocese or simply fade from living memory, meltdown complete.

      Whoever is appointed, you can safely place a huge bet, it will not be a fully believing Catholic in the traditional mould. That’s a very safe bet.

      January 22, 2021 at 11:05 am
    • Athanasius

      The Doc

      Given that our hierarchy has turned the Church in Scotland into a subservient non-essential servant of the State, maybe it should let Nicola Sturgeon choose Archbishop Tartaglia’s successor. It doesn’t really matter who gets appointed anyway, the conciliar destruction of the faith will continue apace.

      January 22, 2021 at 2:33 pm
      • The Doc

        I have to agree the bishops have not done enough to speak up for churches remaining open. And the foolish restrictions on numbers who can attend I hope Catholics remember this in the coming election as no doubt the glorious leader will be seeking the Catholic vote.

        January 23, 2021 at 1:45 am
      • Athanasius

        The Doc

        The shocking truth is that Catholics – the Vatican II type I mean – love this Marxist. There is only a small number who still refuse to vote for pro-abortion, pro-LGBT politicians. They don’t seem to care about their judgement after death, just about who can offer them the best bribe to gain their vote.

        One example is Celtic Football Club, now a completely Marxist and Masonic entity whose fans are pro-Palestine liberation and pro-gay (if you recall the banners held up by the Green Brigade). The players are made to take the knew for Black Lives Matter, a Marxist/subversive outfit, yet they don’t bend the knee to God on a Sunday. They are largely all pro-SNP. Very sad indeed.

        January 23, 2021 at 6:18 am

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