Wedding of the Year: Former PP at Sacred Heart & Vicar General of Glasgow Marries “Housekeeper”

Wedding of the Year: Former PP at Sacred Heart & Vicar General of Glasgow Marries “Housekeeper”

In Issue # 98, our January 2017 newsletter, our front page reported on the scandalous domestic arrangements of the then Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Bridgeton, Monsignor Paul Conroy who doubled as the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Glasgow.  In other words, he held the most senior post in Glasgow, second only to that of the Archbishop.  That front page report detailed the abuse doled out by the “housekeeper” – Irene McIntosh – to the former (real!) housekeeper, only minutes before Midnight Mass was due to begin, where the former housekeeper was called “Satan”.  Charming.  You can read that report here

We’ve now heard from a couple of sources, that the former Vicar General has married his “housekeeper” –  so the charade is over.  They were married on 9th August, we’re told, in the Amber Springs Hotel & Spa Resort, Gorey, Co. Wexford, in the Republic of Ireland.   We wish them the luck of the Irish because they’ll need it when they face their Maker at Judgment. I have a vague memory that Our Lord was none too keen on double-living – didn’t he condemn the hypocritical religious leaders of his day?  Did I get that right, at all, at all?

In other news… Scotland (and I’m quoting a non-Scot) is in a worse state than almost anywhere else in terms of double-living clergy, not least those living actively homosexual lives.  Regular readers of our newsletter will recall that I cite, fairly frequently, the revelation published in the Sunday Mail some years ago, quoting Father Gordon Brown’s (Edinburgh) claim that “there is a whole network of gay priests operating under the noses of the Scottish Bishops”.  What I didn’t know when quoting that, is that this network has a name – “The Daisy Chain” and that the “members” meet regularly, every week.  That’s all for now, on this subject, but, sadly, there may  be more to report in due course, if, reading this, the priests and bishops involved don’t change their ways.  As with the Sacred Heart domestic arrangements, we never want to report these matters – although the majority of the Catholic faithful are so dumbed down that I wonder if it makes any real difference to report such scandals, at all.

Let’s all pray for these all-but lost souls.  They need to repent – without delay.

Comments (33)

  • editor

    Already, I’m hearing about another Glasgow priest who has been a PP for around 22 years in same parish, now on health leave, but apparently lives in a flat in the south side of Glasgow in which, perchance, a woman resides, as well.

    I’m hoping for an innocent explanation – a sister, perhaps?

    August 18, 2021 at 11:12 am
    • Athanasius


      These would be more of the wonderful fruits of the New Mass!!!!!!

      August 18, 2021 at 11:34 am
      • Nicky


        I agree. This is all down to the novus ordo missae – a disaster.

        August 18, 2021 at 5:46 pm
    • gabriel syme


      A sister you say?

      Its not Cardinal Joseph “Nighty, night baby” Tobin is it?

      Whoever this PP is, I hope he comes up with a better excuse than did Tobin, with his drivel about his “sister”.

      August 18, 2021 at 11:51 am
      • Josephine

        Gabriel Syme,

        I didn’t think of that – LOL!

        August 18, 2021 at 11:57 am
      • Lily

        Gabriel Syme,

        I laughed heartily at that – as you say, he’d have to come up with a better excuse than Cardinal Tobin, LOL!

        August 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm
  • Athanasius


    Signs of the times, I’m afraid. There is so little fidelity to God and His Commandments now among even the clergy. Yes, he will be judged by Our Lord for turning away to serve the flesh rather than His divine master. The scandal he has given to the Church will doubtless go hard on him as well. But imagine the judgment of the woman who tempted and encouraged this consecrated priest into his fall from grace and subsequent betrayal. Doesn’t bear thinking about!

    August 18, 2021 at 11:32 am
    • editor


      To answer both of your comments in one, in the spirit of buy one, get one free, I once read an article in a feminist publication (don’t ask – I was asked to review it, many moons ago) where one of the writers was speaking about the increasing (at that time) number of women in affairs with priests. One of the key things which has stuck in my mind, is her claim that many, if not most of them, began at the new Mass. In a separate context, speaking with a novus ordo priest, I discovered that, in seminary, they are taught to make eye contact with every person in the congregation.

      For all they say they learn about theology, they’re obviously learning nothing about male/female interaction… More than that, I will not say…

      August 18, 2021 at 11:42 am
  • gabriel syme

    Well, it seems that Catholic Truth was bang on the money (yet again) when it exposed the affair which Paul Conroy was having with his then housekeeper.

    I think CT will be owed an apology (yet again) from certain people, as well as the woman (a CT rep?) who was verbally attacked and threatened with Police action when she raised this matter at Sacred Heart Church, (where Conroy then resided) a few years ago.

    I think I am right to remember that Archbishop Philip Tartaglia at the time said there was “no evidence” of wrong doing by Conroy. Another example of his ineffectual leadership, though I expect Conroy likely lied to him.

    Anyway, we can see clearly that the mainstream Church in Scotland is – with a few noble exceptions – absolutely rotten to the core.

    If any priest is persecuted by his Bishop – e.g. Despard in Motherwell, Dunn in Glasgow – it likely means he is a good priest standing up for what is right.

    The Conroy case raises some interesting points:

    – if he was living in sin while masquerading as a Catholic priest, would the Masses he said and Sacraments he conferred be reliably valid?

    – as to date he has been a Priest, he has not paid any National Insurance contributions via ordinary employment and so would not be entitled to a state pension. Will the Archdiocese of Glasgow continue to financially support him going forward, then?

    I hope CT will investigate the new reports Editor mentions, as well as the hideous sounding “daisy chain” mentioned. I am sure most informed people could guess at one or two names involved in that.

    August 18, 2021 at 11:44 am
    • Josephine

      Gabriel Syme,

      Those are excellent points you raise about his Masses, National Insurance and so on. I hope we can find out if the Church continues to support him.

      I think re. his Masses that the rule remains the same, that as long as he used the correct matter and form, and has the intention to do what the Church teaches, his Masses would have been valid but I would say his personal Communions would be sacrilegious.

      It’s no wonder so many Catholics are lapsing or leaving the Church altogether. As Athanasius says, fruits of the new Mass.

      August 18, 2021 at 11:55 am
      • editor


        I’m a bit concerned at the implications in your final paragraph. Not infrequently I get emails from people who are “devastated” or “upset” at the state of the Church, some even talk about “giving up”. I’m afraid I’ve little patience with these people. We are Confirmed Soldiers of Christ, made so for the purpose of fighting against the evil within ourselves and in the wider Church and world. Curling up and bemoaning our lot is weakness and who admires a weak soldier, especially a deserter? Allow me to quote from my editorial in the January 2017 edition, the newsletter in which we reported the “Senior Priest/Housekeeper” scandal (linked in the introduction)…

        “The crisis in the Church is lunging from bad to worse, from confusion to chaos, from crisis to disintegration, with the diabolical disorientation foretold at Fatima writ large.

        It’s hard to keep faith, but keep faith we must. Otherwise, the Devil wins. Christ’s Church, the only Church established by Him, is holy. We must never forget that. We, the members, sin and cause scandal, but we are not “the Church”. No priest, however senior, is “the Church”. So, use the information [about this scandal] as best you can to contribute to the restoration of the traditional Catholic religion in your neck of the woods… but do not allow the scandals engulfing the Church today, to weaken your faith.

        Here’s what the great St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) famously said when asked about the priestly scandals of his day: “Those who commit these types of scandals are guilty of the spiritual equivalent of murder” because of their terrible example, because people may lose faith. But then he warned: “But… while those who give scandal are guilty of the spiritual equivalent of murder, those who take scandal, who allow scandals to destroy their faith are guilty of spiritual suicide.” (source given on p.16 of the January2017 newsletter)

        I should have been elsewhere fifteen minutes ago, so I won’t chatter on, but I will check in later.

        August 18, 2021 at 12:38 pm
      • Athanasius


        I could not agree more with your comment. Like you, I have no time for Catholics who speak of being scandalised by these modern priests yet do nothing to help their own souls. The urgency now is for all Catholics to open their eyes to the evil of Modernism in the Church, especially the subtle erosion of their Faith with the New Mass, and get themselves to a Traditional Latin Mass, the Mass of their forefathers, as their Confirmation duty demands. Those who stay in these Modernist (Neo-Protestant) parishes, for whatever reason, are guilty of serious neglect of their souls and of the wider sin of supporting a conciliar revolution which is now quite evidently not Catholic.

        August 18, 2021 at 12:58 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      I have, just a minute ago, emailed the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Glasgow to ask him if the Church in Scotland is supporting, financially, the former Vicar General. I will share any reply, if and when I receive it.

      And yes, we’ll be keeping a close eye on that “Daisy Chain” – I’m already familiar with some of the names. It’s really tragic to see such evil openly operating within the Church.

      August 18, 2021 at 12:22 pm
      • gabriel syme


        I presume the diocese failed to reply, as usual?

        As regards the daisy chain:

        I have posted on Pat Buckleys blog to say he should put up (publish the names) or shut up.

        Publishing those articles while withholding the names looks like attention seeking in my opinion. He says they have been sent to the nuncio, as if anything will come of that.

        August 20, 2021 at 9:28 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        No reply from the archdiocese – just as well I didn’t expect one!

        I think the names will go up in due course.. Believe me, many of those names will utterly shock, when they are publicised. More than that, I am not free to say at the moment.

        For the record, the grapevine has revealed that the nuncio, who has visited Scotland following the death of Archbishop Tartaglia, is very well aware of the dire state of the Church here.

        Say no more… Just pray.

        August 20, 2021 at 9:35 pm
    • Athanasius

      Gabriel Syme

      Your comment was spot on. In answer to your question about validity of Masses, etc., offered by Conroy whilst, presumably, betraying his celibacy: Yes, those Masses would still be valid assuming he still had sufficient Catholic faith left in him at the time to have the mind of the Church when consecrating. There has to be a huge question mark over him on this point, though, so we won’t know the full answer this side of eternity. He’s just an utter disgrace to the Church and I firmly believe that Archbishop Tartaglia knew he was in a relationship with that woman, which is why he was not ordered to ship her out of the house asap.

      August 18, 2021 at 12:51 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Av no Doubt that when Mr Bergoglio accompanies Little Greta on His Global Heating Trip to Glasgow probably Mr and Mrs Conroy will be granted an Audience and all of us unmerciful Catholics will be asked to understand and Maybe Contribute More Money to Mr Conroy and His Misses .
        In all Honesty the Games a Bogey.
        We have ,or at least I have now just to keep my Money in my Pocket.
        As it has been said . Who’s Paying for the Lifestyles that Mr and Mrs Conroy are Living. I would Bet all the Money in The World that He’s certainly not working as an Irish Navvy.
        But as it has been said the Irish, at least the Rotten Ones are welcome to them . Maybe Even Mary Robinson will let them Stay at Her huge house,after all She is a Fan of Married Priests. In fact She is a supposed Catholic who is a Fan of anything that is not Catholic . They would make a great Throuple.
        As for The Daisy Chain . Does anything really surprise us now ?

        August 18, 2021 at 2:58 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    When reading the Daisy Chain Scandal it is interesting to note that the Guy who writes it calls Cardinal Burke , Mother Burke . He also more or less accuses all Priests who say the Latin Mass Homosexuals. He also sees Francis as the St Michael The Archangel who will rout out all the Evil in the Catholic Church when it is Bergoglio who is surrounded by the Perverts and Homosexuals.
    Also His Rude Comments about Priests ( so called ) Prancing around in Garments and saying Prayers in Latin doesn’t say much for the Daisy Chain Reporter. Am not saying that we who attend the Latin Mass are any better than Others . But He certainly thinks so .
    As far as am concerned He should do more looking into McCarrick ( whom He doesn’t mention)
    Yet calls Good Catholic Cardinal . Mother Burke. The Guy who writes the Daisy Chain should maybe have a good look at His Own Conscience, before He goes looking at the log in our Eyes.

    August 18, 2021 at 3:25 pm
    • Nicky

      Faith of our Fathers,

      Some of the bloggers on that site are disgusting. I wasn’t impressed at all.

      August 18, 2021 at 5:49 pm
      • editor

        Nicky & FOOF,

        Yes, unfortunately, too many commentators over there are unedifying to put it mildly.

        For weeks now, I’ve had the intention of posting a thread here on the subject of the Holy Name of Jesus, but hadn’t gotten around to it – today, however, noting that one such commentator on the “Daisy Chain” thread had used the Holy Name as an expletive, I was galvanised into action. Thus, in the spirit of good coming out of evil, I got down to work and voila – there is a new thread of reparation on the subject of the Holy Name, featuring the lovely hymn “Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All” (a beautiful hymn, which I haven’t heard for years).

        That’s another thread in the making – the way we are being starved of the Catholic devotional life. Stay tuned!

        August 18, 2021 at 9:12 pm
  • Athanasius

    Please watch this video from Remnant TV and prepare for the shock of your life. Michael Matt has found the missing piece of the puzzle between the humanist revolution called “the spirit of Vatican II” and the “Great Reset” of Davos. This is by far one of the most astounding videos I’ve ever watched. It’s 35 minutes long and it explains everything, including the betrayal of priests like Paul Conroy and his episcopal enablers. The most important part is that played by Pope Francis, who is unquestionably a Marxist in doctrine.

    August 18, 2021 at 3:39 pm
    • Nicky


      You’ve made a great sales pitch!

      I’ve started to watch that video – very good so far, and I hope to finish it shortly.

      August 18, 2021 at 5:50 pm
    • crofterlady

      I watched that video earlier on and it is stunning and very enlightening. It also makes sense of the whole situation in the Church.

      August 18, 2021 at 6:05 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Athanasius as to the Remnant Video , Nothing absolutely Nothing now Surprises me of anything within Our Catholic Church. As for the Links down through the Years with the Rabid Freemason Schwab again nothing surprises me. As for Bergoglio He’s a Write off and any Catholic worth their Salt should know it . Even going back to 2014 when He really started to go on His rants about the Poor the Poor the Poor I suspected Him of being just another Judas . Unfortunately I was right. He doesn’t seem to want to Share His Own Personal Fortune to the Poor
      The so called $2Billion He personally received from the Chinese Communists. I though have to ask myself. What if someone said to Me I will give you $2Billion Right Now that will alleviate all the Financial Woes of Your Family. Would I turn it down. So al give Bergoglio a little Leeway until am offered that same $2Billion . A little Leeway but not much.

      August 18, 2021 at 7:43 pm
    • editor


      I’ve seen that video but I wasn’t stunned by it, to be honest, which is why I didn’t bother posting it as a new thread. I found the persistent “teasing” irritating – he could have got to the point in half the time.

      It is, of course, interesting to see the part played by the Pact of the Catacombs and Helder Camara but I’m afraid I found it a bit of a let down – the way he built up to this person, as in “you won’t believe it”, I was expecting some front line name – like Archbishop Vigano 😀 Well, you’ll get my drift. Most people watching that, won’t have heard of Helder Camara.

      Still, all very useful stuff. Thank you for posting.

      August 18, 2021 at 9:19 pm
  • Lily

    Well, well, well. So the report in CT was accurate, right enough.

    To be a PP living in sin is bad enough, but to be posing as the Vicar General is something else again. These people are totally shameless – especially that female pretending to be the housekeeper.

    The Daisy Chain is a disgrace but I do think we’re as well knowing about it. It should spur us to prayer and fasting but also to keeping an eye. If I suspected my priest of such duplicity, I’d ask him about it in a heartbeat.

    August 18, 2021 at 5:34 pm
    • editor


      You sound surprised in that first sentence… Watch it!

      August 18, 2021 at 9:20 pm
  • crofterlady

    I thought I was having a nightmare reading this thread. I had absolutely no idea how rotten to the core so many of the clergy are. Horrendous. I feel sorry for the good ones of which there must be a good few.

    August 18, 2021 at 5:54 pm
    • editor


      Welcome back to your lovely avatar. I say that in the full knowledge of the fact that if I ever encounter an owl, wise or otherwise (so to speak!) I’ll be running for the hills!

      Yes, there are some sound priests trying to live faithful lives – we ought to pray hard for them.

      Fathers, if you are reading this – we love you!

      August 18, 2021 at 9:22 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Just finished watching the Remnant video posted by Athanasius. The Remnant was the only reason I had ever heard of the Catacombs Pact, several years ago, but I was not aware of the Camara connection (he is mentioned in both CP documents I have stored, but I never researched his background).

    How ironic that the Heroic Age of the Church, the age of the martyrs of almost 300 years, was the age of the catacombs – and now, the subversive, faithless termites of modernism have not only perverted the Church, but even perverted the holy significance of the Catacombs.

    Looks like Abp. Vigano was absolute correct: Deep State = Deep Church.

    August 18, 2021 at 10:51 pm
  • Elizabeth

    The “daisy chain”! I had never heard of that before and after a quick look at the site I wish I never had. It is utterly shocking and heartbreaking. I feel desperately sorry for all the older faithful Catholics who venerate “Father” and are so betrayed. One wonders if there are any sound clergy at the top of the church these days, and if so what if anything are they doing about it? My instinct is to kind of withdraw from the clerical side of things and concentrate on trying my best to be a regular Massgoer and communicant, say my prayers and build a strong interior life as much as possible. And of course pray hard that these dreadful abuses will come to an end.
    I have no option but to attend a novus ordo Mass and fortunately we have a good Benedictine pp who does his best to give us as good a liturgy as he can. I do not believe it would be right to stop going to Mass as I cannot imagine life without the Eucharist. Well we had to when the churches were shut and it was awful.
    How very different things were when I was a child and life seemed simple and one could not imagine that our beloved church would become as it At least the human face of it…

    August 19, 2021 at 1:40 pm
  • editor

    For your interest, folks, Bishop Keenan has sent the author of the Daisy Chain thread, administrator of the Buckley Blog, a solicitor’s letter. You can read that letter and the reply to it here

    Note: the comments on the Pat Buckley blog are often rather crude, so be aware of that. You can read the letters without going into the comments, obviously.

    August 20, 2021 at 9:22 am
  • editor

    For the record, Bishop Keenan backed down down from his legal threat. Now, on the Buckley blog there is the news that the Scottish priests and laity are “happy and relieved” that the news of the existence of the “Daisy Chain” has been revealed (albeit, no names have been published to date). I have just posted the following comment, in reply to our very own Gabriel Syme, on the Buckley blog:

    Gabriel Syme,

    I, too, am very surprised at the enthusiasm among “the priests and laity of Scotland” who are “happy and relieved” at the commentary on this blog, albeit without the promised names being published – not intended as a criticism, because blog administrators have many things to weigh in the balance. No, my commentary is a criticism of the fast-asleep-for-far-too-long Scottish clergy and laity. They are suddenly awake, thanks to an Irish blog, when there is only ONE Catholic blog and publication in Scotland which has, for years now, been trying to waken up their sleepy heads. It doesn’t occur to them to check out Catholic Truth? Why? Because the administrator is a woman? Because the bloggers at Catholic Truth, generally speaking, attend the Traditional Latin Mass – you know, the Mass which the saints and martyrs attended? What then? It’s really mind-boggling.

    “Happy and relieved” was certainly not the reaction when I DID publish names of priests engaged in the “gay” scene some years ago – every one of whom has left the priesthood. I was labelled “judgmental” (among other things), had a hate campaign mounted against me by those involved, and if I sound a tad miffed, well, can you believe it. I had to make the police aware of what was going on and dear old Ronnie Convery assured the cops that he would “have a word” (with the clergy involved) since the archdiocese didn’t want to give Catholic Truth any publicity. Hilarious. Note, not because no priest should be harassing any lay person like that, but to deprive us of publicity. Truly, you could not make this stuff up.

    So, I’m just thrilled to bits that the priests and laity of Scotland are now happy and relieved, despite not having a single name to put to any of the claims. Again, this is not intended as a criticism of Pat Buckley, it’s just little short of hilarious to witness the apparent glee and compare it to the reaction to my reports some years back. You don’t think it’s anything to do with me being a mere woman, do you? Latin Mass? Not being a “Miss World” look-a-like?

    Nor was “happy and relieved” the reaction of the “priests and laity” in Scotland when Father Matthew Despard published HIS book, giving names and identities of homosexually active clergy in Scotland. He was dragged through the courts and is still suspended from priestly ministry.

    So, forgive me for not being thrilled to bits at the news of a Scottish Catholic community “happy and relieved” that you have published the news, hidden in plain sight, that we have a sexually promiscuous clergy in Scotland – with some laudable exceptions. Shucks. We never know what a new day will bring, do we…

    August 23, 2021 at 3:34 pm

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