Glasgow Catholic Church Latest To Burn Down As Churches Burn Across West – But Why?

Glasgow Catholic Church Latest To Burn Down As Churches Burn Across West – But Why?

In the morning hours of July 28, a devastating fire destroyed St Simon Church, the third-oldest Catholic church in Glasgow.  [Pictured above].

More than thirty firefighters were mobilised. Since Second World War, the church was used by Polish soldiers and immigrants. For its 150th anniversary, it was totally renovated between 2005 and 2008. After the fire, it has been left barely standing.  Continue reading Again! Does Anyone Wonder Why Churches Are Burning All Over the West? here

 

Comments (26)

  • Josephine Reply

    I have wondered about these church burnings. I’ve not seen any in-depth analysis on TV news shows and I’ve not heard of anyone being arrested on suspicion, never mind charged or convicted.

    I was amazed to read this in the report linked above – I had never heard this about St Simon’s before:

    The church was built by Irish Father Daniel Gallagher who taught David Livingstone (+1873) Latin, thus enabling him to escape from the dye works at his birthplace and to become a physician, Protestant missionary and famous explorer in Africa.

    You learn something new every day, right enough!

    July 29, 2021 at 11:44 am
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    I have not seen any in-depth coverage either on TV news shows either. Never mind an arrest on suspicion, charged or even a conviction.

    Saint Simon’s Church though was the subject of a ‘desecration’ in 2019, where a statue was damage and I am not sure what else within the building. As an aside, I was baptised in this Church many years ago,

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-48106070

    July 29, 2021 at 1:45 pm
  • Catherine Reply

    This is absolutely shocking news. I wonder if any statues or holy images were saved.

    July 29, 2021 at 3:20 pm
  • westminsterfly Reply July 29, 2021 at 3:49 pm
    • editor Reply

      WF,

      What is going on in Scotland? A Question to which we’d all like an answer.

      I’ve been digging into the files to uncover our newsletter report featuring St Simon’s published in 2007, and – with the help of St Anthony – I found it…

      In Issue #46, September, 2007, we reported that a couple of members of the Catholic Truth team attended a Mass in St Simon’s, organised by the LGBT+ rights group, Quest. The priest, Father Gordon Brown, concluded his homily by exhorting his congregation to “go out and spread Quest” – not the Gospel, note, Quest.

      It was sad to re-read that report from all those years ago, and very strange to think that the church is now burned to the ground. Food for thought.

      July 29, 2021 at 6:06 pm
  • Athanasius Reply

    This burning of churches started during the race riots in America last year, a clear tactic of Marxist subversives in what they call “urban warfare”. The idea is to destabalise Western culture, part of which is to destroy public cenotaphs, stautes, buildings and churches rooted in the country’s history. This may or may not be an extention of the U.S. problem but it feels highly suspicious. If other churches start to burn down then I think we can be fairly sure that foreign entities are operating within the country under Communist direction. The WOKE and BLM groups are a classic example of such entities already negatively influencing Christian culture. Of course there’s the more regular issue of church attacks in France by Islamic extremists, so there could be other reasons for this Glasgow church being burned to the ground.

    Whatever the reason, it’s not good for the person who lit the fire. That individual has no idea what awaits him in eternity for his hateful action. Poor lost soul!

    July 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm
    • Laura Reply

      Athanasius,

      I didn’t think of the burning of churches being a “clear tactic of Marxist subversives”. I should have made the association between the burning of churches and the attacks on statues etc in the USA last year.

      Whoever they are, and whatever cause they think they have, they’re just a bunch of thugs. They are heaping coals of fire on their heads for insulting God through these attacks on his places of worship. I totally agree with your concluding paragraph.

      July 29, 2021 at 11:42 pm
  • watersider Reply

    Dear Editor,
    A couple of observations reiterating Athanasius’ point.
    I may be getting 5 from adding 2 and 2 together, but just think of how crazy sectarianist Glasgow is, then add this outrageous Black Lives business into the pot, add in the number of churches torched in Canada for alleged Catholic missioniories “kidnapping” indiginious people, then consider the latest garbage from Scottish “Culturists” (an oxymoron?) who yesterday stated they were to investigate all art in Scottish galleries and museums in case they depicted any hints of slavery or racism and put warning stickers on any which offended the professionally “offended”
    It would be interesting to know if there was any reference to David Livingstone in that holy place which was dececrated. It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that some of this irrational North American wokism has arrived in Glasgow ahead of the Global Warming fest addressed by our beloved Holy Father

    July 29, 2021 at 4:27 pm
    • editor Reply

      watersider,

      Interesting comment. However, I think it’s more likely to be sheer vandalism and/or the unGodly forces of darkness, rather than any of the BLM headcases. If you note above, I posted a report from the Christian Institute defending a man who was sacked from his job over his Christian beliefs about traditional marriage.

      This, however, made me definitely laugh out loud:

      Police Scotland believe the incident took place between 1:30pm and 4pm. A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “We received a report at around 4:20pm on Monday April 29 of vandalism at St Simon’s Church in Glasgow. Officers attended and enquiries are ongoing. “There is nothing to suggest that it was a hate crime or motivated by sectarianism.”

      Just imagine if that same response were to follow any kind of vandalism against any non-Christian worship centre. Just imagine, given that saying a word out of place, or anything remotely “offensive” is labelled a hate crime, this reaction to the St Simon’s “vandalism” is outrageous. It’ll be interesting to see if the powers-that-be prosecute this fire as a “hate crime”… Do not hold your breath, folks.

      July 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    Sorry Ed but I disagree 100% with you on this one . Were it just a randomised attack of Vandalism then why not a Mosk or a Protestant Church. No these attacks are definitely deliberate against us .
    Of course that cannot be proven and there is no chance of The Useless Police doing anything.
    Had this been a Mosk every Policeman from Landsend to John O Groats would be on the case .
    As for the Rotten B.LM mob am for stopping any of them from coming into the Country.
    Charity begins at Home and I don’t see any Charity coming from them. Am I bitter you bet I am .
    Also as regards the Alphabet Team,as far as am concerned the talking with them is over .

    July 29, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    • editor Reply

      FOOF,

      I’m not going to make the mistake of thinking I’m being persecuted when someone (in this case, YOU) disagree with me. that would be silly. No, my motto is “Keep Calm & Just Ignore Him…”

      Seriously, I’m not sure whether any mosques or Protestant churches have been vandalised, but I take your point, as the paper said to the pencil…

      July 29, 2021 at 11:14 pm
    • Athanasius Reply

      FOOF

      I would suggest we wait and see what the police and fire service uncover in relation to this fire, there is a chance it was accidental. There is no suggestion yet that the fire was deliberately started, so I think we should just wait and see what the investigation uncovers. I thought it had already been declared to be arson but I was wrong on that. Time will tell.

      July 30, 2021 at 1:49 am
  • Michaela Reply

    I wondered about the reason for these church fires and wondered if anti-Catholic bigotry was behind it, but I think there could be other things at play, such as vengefulness for the child abuse – this seems to be the case in Canada IMHO
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/04/canada-burned-churches-indigenous-catholicism

    July 29, 2021 at 11:19 pm
    • editor Reply

      Michaela,

      That (vengeance) does seem to be a major factor in the Canadian fires but here in Glasgow it’s more likely to be a result of a lost “old firm” football match!

      July 29, 2021 at 11:38 pm
  • Victor Reply

    Disturbing news and another sign for us. It would be much worse for Scotland if there weren’t a remnant. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities of the plain would have been spared had there been a few righteous souls to be found. But it would still be better to have been trapped in this fireball than to be sent to the fiery furnace in the next life; this is how indescribable the torments of hell are as earthly fire is but a weak imitation of hell fire as St. Augustine says.

    How long God will tolerate this generation we do not know. He will take the golden coin from the servant who kept it hidden, and give it to the one who already has ten. If our nations will turn away from God, God will turn away from us, for we have become abomination in his sight.

    July 30, 2021 at 1:25 am
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    Victor of that you are correct. Who would have suspected even 15 years ago that the Western Country’s would become Dens of Inequities and that Sodomites would Rule, and demand that we have to join then in their Filth. None of us are Saints but Homosexuality is without a doubt the biggest Evil both in our Country’s and in our Catholic Church.
    Also I need to get out more as I thought a GRINDER was an Electrical Tool for smoothing down Welding.

    July 30, 2021 at 11:42 am
  • Chris McLaughlin (@GlesgaChris) Reply

    Everyone seems to be proceeding from the assumption that the church was deliberately set on fire, however that is not necessarily the case. The fire may well have been accidental. My father was a fire inspector all his working life, and I know enough about fires to know that it is highly unlikely that the ruin of the building has even been forensically examined yet, as structural engineers will have to examine it first, to make sure there is no danger of the remaining walls falling down etc. Given the age of the building, an electrical fault seems a perfectly possible, and probably more likely explanation.

    July 30, 2021 at 1:51 pm
    • editor Reply

      Chris,

      I’m not sure you are correct in your opening statement – Athanasius, for one, has sounded a warning note about NOT making such an assumption.

      However, in the interests of transparency, not least for those readers who may be unaware of the fact, it is – without question – true to say that Scotland is a very anti-Catholic country despite its Catholic history. Glasgow, it is fair to say, has something of a reputation for sectarian strife, the Orange Parades through the city not exactly designed to help. Thus, it would hardly be a shock-horror moment if investigations uncovered evidence that the fire at St Simon’s had been deliberately set.

      It is also true to say that across the world (Canada and France spring to mind) Catholic churches have been deliberately targeted by criminals; various reports querying the number of burnings of Catholic churches testify to this fact.

      Let’s hope, though, that your belief proves correct and that the fire was started accidentally. Certainly, none of us here would enjoy the thought of the eternal fate likely to await anyone who would do such a dreadful thing, so I do hope that you are right.

      July 30, 2021 at 5:11 pm
  • Lily Reply

    It’s very sad to see an old church like St Simon’s burnt to the ground. I have no idea how it was caused but whatever the cause, it’s very dad indeed.

    I also think it’s too coincidental that so many are burning down across the west. They can’t all be accidents.

    July 31, 2021 at 2:45 pm
  • Lily Reply

    “dad” should be sad, indeed – sorry for the typo.

    July 31, 2021 at 2:46 pm
  • Antoine Bisset Reply

    Well, this may be going against the grain of comments but I will make the assumption that the burning of this church was arson by a muslim. Every week a church is set on fire in France by muslims. Notre Dame being a good example.
    You will not find much reporting on this in the MSM. I wonder why?

    July 31, 2021 at 8:36 pm
    • Josephine Reply

      Antoine Bisset,

      I wouldn’t jump to that conclusion. The authorities will have to tell us whether the fire was arson or an accident. I’d wait until then before forming any views.

      July 31, 2021 at 8:57 pm
      • Antoine Bisset

        The authorities cover things up. Glasgow has about 10% of UK asylum seekers.
        Every town in Scotland has at least one Turkish barber’s. We have no agreement to let immigrants from Turkey settle here. The mosque in Stornoway was paid for a by a man in Yorkshire. It goes on and on.
        We know that the police and local authorities in England are complicit in the most horrific crimes committed against little white children. The murder of Kriss Donald in Glasgow did not stir things up.
        The Operation Cerrar report details the (ongoing) failures of Scottish police.
        The Catholic bishops might have been expected to make some comment.
        The authorities are not to be trusted. My jumping to conclusions is the least of our problems, I’m afraid.

        August 1, 2021 at 1:38 pm

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