Glasgow: New Archbishop… But No Clean Sweep

Glasgow: New Archbishop… But No Clean Sweep

From the website of the Archdiocese of Glasgow

Archbishop Nolan has written, along with over 100 church leaders across the UK, to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak urging the UK Government to implement a windfall tax on fossil fuel companies to address the cost of living crisis and maintain its commitments to tackle the climate emergency.

The letter, which is also signed by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, says: “We call on you to use the Spring Statement to provide financial and fiscal support for renewable energy and energy efficiency, especially solar and wind energy and the retrofitting of homes and other buildings across the UK. These measures would reduce heating bills, decrease carbon emissions and increase our energy security.”

They write: “The Spring Statement must include no support for new oil and gas developments. The International Energy Agency has stated that there can be no new fossil fuel developments if we are to limit global heating to 1.5°C. New oil and gas production will not deliver lower energy bills for families facing fuel poverty and will have no impact on energy supply for years.

“We urge you to increase support for vulnerable households across the UK facing a cost of living crisis as a result of increasing food and energy prices, through measures including a windfall tax on oil and gas companies.”   Source

Editor writes…

The new archbishop’s above focus on temporal and political concerns, minus any mention of the moral sickness embedded in Glasgow, is disappointing if not remotely surprising.  We’ve come to expect very little from the hierarchy in Scotland.  Given the prevailing immorality of legalised abortion and the LGBTQ+ influence at every level in Government, society and even the Church, you’d think these issues would rank well up the pecking order for the new archbishop, especially now, at a time when political leaders and celebrities are unable to even define the word “woman” for fear of offending those who think a man can become a woman, if he so chooses.  Even the liberal Pope Francis has described transgenderism as an attack on our very humanity – demonic

Thus, the above impoverished letter to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, plus the updated (more or less unchanged) Covid rules for parishes, make clear that the new archbishop means “business as usual” in Glasgow. No “clean sweep” for this “new broom”.  The Church in Glasgow continues in its role as nothing more important than a Government Think-Tank, an arm of the State.  No good can come of it.  A new archbishop – same wasted opportunity to make Glasgow flourish by the preaching of His Word and the praising of His Name, to quote Glasgow’s motto in full.   Your thoughts…



Comments (28)

  • Michael

    Dear Editor

    I am in complete accord with your remarks. It is disappointing but not surprising our clergy are more concerned with secular issues than defending matters of faith, morality, the moral quagmire in our own diocese, the defence of marriage, gender and transgender ideology, the sanctity of life, the disintegration of Catholic Education and the spiritual and sacramental welfare of their flock.

    The Governments Covid restrictions proved this to a shocking degree it was a scandalous state of affairs that the Bishops willingly abrogated /surrendered their anointed responsibilities to the judgement of government authorities on matters that are out with the remit of secular politics.

    This Pontus Pilate attitude amongst the Scottish Episcopacy will continue unabated. Sadly they have succumbed to the world and believe that the Faith should conform to the present circumstances as opposed to calling the Archdiocese and the world in general to repentance and re ordering one’s life in accordance with the Gospel etc. They believe in the City of Man not The City of God.

    We shall continue to pray and hope that the Lord raises up clergy imbued with the Sensus Fidei and the grace of the Holy Spirit to call hearts and minds to what is truly important ie. the salvation of souls and not the latest political or social soundbite. Such antics are not the remit of Bishops.

    I am heartbroken that so many souls are being misled by blind guides as opposed to being Christ’s true shepherds.

    Every blessing

    Michael 🙏

    March 30, 2022 at 7:57 am
    • Margaret Mary


      I couldn’t agree more with all that you say. Even now, when the NHS is routinely asking men if they are pregnant before procedures, the bishops say nothing. If Boris and Rishi meet their demands about the cost of living crisis and the green agenda, they will still say silent about the immoral sexual behaviour the country is steeped in. It’s shameful.

      It’s just a pity that the bishops didn’t twig to the fact that by going along with the covid rules, which they are still doing, BTW, they were contributing to the financial penalties on the way for ordinary people.

      They are not men of God.

      March 30, 2022 at 11:07 am
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        M.Mary when you know that a so called Supreme Court Judge in the U.S.A. doesn’t know what a Woman is as in Her Words ” Am not I Biologist ” it really gives an example of how far Western Society Morals have fallen . Yet the same person who makes that statement is only their Because She is Black and is a Woman.
        My God but if She’s asked to define a Black Person she’ll probably say that she’s colour blind.

        March 30, 2022 at 4:35 pm
    • Josephine


      I second your comment 100% especially what you say about Covid restrictions. I couldn’t believe it when I visited the link to the updated restrictions and saw that same ridiculous list of rules. This is the end of the archdiocese of Glasgow. It was the virus that done it!

      March 30, 2022 at 11:16 pm
  • Lily

    That claptrap letter is just what I’d expect from this new archbishop.

    The “updated” Covid rules, though are unbelievable – I can’t see any much difference. Still no confessional boxes! Is he serious? That alone is proof positive that he and the rest of the clergy in Glasgow have no Catholic faith, at all IMHO.

    March 30, 2022 at 12:27 pm
    • Mack


      You took the words. No confessional boxes back in use, says it all. Stop there. He’s a Protestant.

      March 30, 2022 at 12:28 pm
      • Lily


        I know too many Protestants who have a better handle on Christianity than this archbishop (or any of the rest of them) so, with respect, I don’t think he’s a Protestant – he’s an disbeliever, i.e. he’s rejected God, and I think that’s true of all the Scottish bishops.

        March 30, 2022 at 11:22 pm
      • Crouchback

        It would be an awful quandary if a Bishop stopped saying nothing and said he was pregnant.
        Now that I think of it maybe that’s what we need….. I’m nearly 64 and male (not absolutely alpha, ask Mrs Crouchback )
        I think I’ll phone the doctor and ask for pre natal care. If even just the small number of traditionalist Catholic men called their bluff on this lunacy. Maybe we could get some respite care…. as well….!!!

        March 31, 2022 at 8:09 pm
      • editor


        “I think I’ll phone the doctor and ask for pre natal care. “

        Let us know how you get on – that’s one of those occasions when I’d like to be a fly on the GP surgery wall 😀

        March 31, 2022 at 11:52 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Why aren’t the bishops jumping up and down about this:-

    From “Coalition for Marriage”

    Trans activists get NHS gender conference cancelled

    Dear marriage supporter,

    Transgender activists have successfully pressed for the cancellation of an NHS child psychiatrists’ conference on gender dysphoria after accusing many of the speakers of “extremism” for arguing that biological sex cannot be changed.

    The event, organised by Great Ormond Street Hospital and the North East London NHS Foundation Trust, was due to be attended by a hundred trainee child psychiatrists.

    But activists due to speak, including Chief Executive of transgender charity Mermaids Susie Green, pulled out saying they couldn’t be part of a conference that included speakers who disagreed with them. Some NHS staff used the health service’s official whistleblowing service to claim the speakers made the event “unsafe” for trans people.

    The conference was to come at a critical moment for the NHS, reeling from a scathing report earlier this month by Dr Hilary Cass into the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Cass concluded the clinic was “not a safe or viable long-term option” for children and a “fundamentally different service model is needed”.

    Health Education England, the NHS training body, has said it is rescheduling the conference, adding: “We will ensure the rescheduled training meets the needs of all those concerned, including the curriculum for trainees, and the requirements for patient, carer and public involvement.”

    The NHS is belatedly recognising that it needs to get on top of problems with its treatment of children with gender dysphoria, and this conference was part of that. If transgender activists resort to smearing those who disagree with them, that hardly betokens confidence in their position. In fact, it illustrates exactly the kind of intolerant behaviour that has allowed serious problems in the NHS service to go unaddressed.

    At C4M, we trust that when this conference does go ahead it will not capitulate to the activist bullies who try to keep science out of the trans debate, and that it will be part of the solution not the problem.

    March 30, 2022 at 12:35 pm
    • Josephine

      Westminster Fly,

      I really thought I was seeing things when I read that bit about it being “extremist” to think that biological sex cannot be changed. The world really has gone mad – and this is something that the bishops should be all over, not the green agenda.

      March 30, 2022 at 11:18 pm
  • Frankier

    A couple of nights ago, a young lady, barely left school, was lamenting Shell`s decision to open up some new fields in the North Sea. It seems that Shell was only in it for the money (what a surprise!)
    She emphasised that the gas wouldn`t be any cheaper, as if that was Shell`s intention. It seems that
    this group of churchmen are falling for this latest piece of brainwashing.

    Whether the gas is cheaper or not, it will surely mean that we won`t be dependent on Russia for the supplies. As for their global warming and the need to protect the grandchildren: that is a bit rich coming from anyone who sees no wrong in the present day grandchildren being slaughtered before/and up to/ the day that they are born and Ukraine is no different in this barbarian practice. In Ireland alone, in the
    past couple of years, 13,000 children have been denied entry from their mother`s womb into the “Ould
    country”. In 2018 there were 32 abortions in Ireland. In 2019 there were 6,666. Does that number ring a bell? This equates to, in 2024, if the world hasn`t been re-cycled by then, 260 classrooms of 25 children will be missing from Irish primary schools. No wonder they are all fighting over the amount of refugees that are available.

    My point in all of this rant is: would it not be better for Archbishop Nolan and his like to be speaking out
    against this modern day holocaust, especially in the land of his forebears? It is terrible for children to be
    bombed from the air in Ukraine but it is every bit as murderous to carry out these atrocities every day in their hospitals.

    My advice to the new Archbishop would be similar to that which we got from our devout mother, God rest her. Start listening to The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady and forget what the descendant of King Kong, David Attenborough, tries to brainwash you with.

    March 30, 2022 at 1:09 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Don’t forget St Greta as well, although she seems to have gone a bit quiet of late – not that I’m complaining.

    March 30, 2022 at 2:04 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      No surprises here with this Guy.
      O BTW Bish Nolan I would Bet My Granny’s Pension Book that you certainly do not turn the Heating Down in your Home . O you decided to live in a Down Size Home but you still have your Cook and Servant.
      I know that you will read this Sir so just a little advice from a Man with Granddaughters. I don’t give a Monkeys about Global Warming and until YOU or The Godfather can convince the Chinese to stop Building 600 Super Duper Coal Fired Power Stations then your you know what against the Wind.

      You are supposed to be a Catholic Leader not a Woke Little Man telling us when to drive a Car or what type of Heating we should Have. As an Island we Sit on Massive Amounts of Energy which you and your cohorts have chosen to be cancelled.
      Stick to the Job your supposed to do and leave The Environment to God.

      March 30, 2022 at 3:43 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Yes Greta seems to have done a disappearing act .Of course it would be Obtuse of me to think that maybe Her and Her Pushy Parents are taking some time out to spend all that lovely Money they made.
      Also as the ED points out these 100 Good Men and Women. Sorry those 100 Theys talking about a Climate Emergency. No disrespect to They ,but were William Hill to open a Book on how our precarious World is going to End. I personally think a Nuclear War would be Even Money , with Global Warming AKA Climate Change a 100/1 rank outsider.

      March 30, 2022 at 5:58 pm
    • Lily

      Westminster Fly,

      I don’t think many people are complaining about St Greta’s disappearing act, LOL!

      March 30, 2022 at 11:24 pm
  • RCAVictor

    “…make Glasgow flourish by the preaching of His Word and the praising of His Name.”

    Editor, Editor, Editor,

    Dontcha know that our modern clergy think that “His Word” is His new command to save the earth by combatting climate change? And that “His Name” is just a social construct that changes according to whichever way the wind blows, depending on your choice of gender and personal pronouns? You really should get with the program, Ed. Open your windows and let in some aggiornamento!

    There’s a certain spiritual corollary to the now-infamous stupidity of a certain Supreme Court candidate who couldn’t define what a woman is because she’s not a biologist.

    Namely, Catholic clergy who can’t define what faith, dogma and doctrine are because they’re not theologians….

    March 30, 2022 at 2:35 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Well, I’m feeling very pleased with myself because I can define a dog, and I’m not a vet! I can also define a loaf of bread and I’m not a baker. And I can… Oh, well, you’ll get my drift! Here’s a clip from Sky News Australia covering the ridiculous American Judge who is being interviewed in the Senate as a potential Supreme Court justice. Given her attitude towards porn and sex offenders, it sounds to me like SHE should be in jail herself! Not to mention back to High School to learn some simple definitions…

      March 30, 2022 at 6:32 pm
  • Marinaio

    Well, dear Editor, Neil Oliver correctly predicted in his video you posted the other day that his money was on “climate change” being the next crisis. One of his points, I seem to recall, was that we are experiencing one manufactured crisis after another, and the next will almost certainly involve the spurious allegations regarding “climate change” (previously billed, lest we forget, as “global warming”). Before that, it was Carl Sagan’s “nuclear winter” and the hole in the ozone layer. The cause that the bishops here in the U.S. really fell in love with in the 80s was unilateral disarmament. While Reagan was telling the Commies, “tear down this wall,” the bishops were calling our military installations in the U.S. “concentration camps” and comparing them to Auschwitz. They were seriously propagating, with goofball Paul Newman and other celebrities, the belief that the only peace we could expect would result from turning our weapons “into plowshares.” Never mind whether the Evil Empire did the same or not.
    That our bishops, ostensibly the spiritual descendants of the Apostles, have, for decades, been going in for every cause in vogue rather than tending to the spiritual needs of their flocks is most disturbing. It is reminiscent of the illustration on the cover of one of Michael Davies’ brochures, showing the bishops entering St. Peter’s for Vatican II looking very traditional, and coming out looking like hippies. And the worst is yet to come. Now that the ascendancy of the Left is nearly accomplished, they will brook no dissent. When promoting these demonic causes, they assert that no dissenting opinions will be tolerated, as Westminsterfly’s posting on the NHS gender conference demonstrates. Hang on, the ride is going to get wild!

    March 30, 2022 at 3:18 pm
    • editor


      I think Neil is right about climate change being the next crisis but not until they’ve milked Covid for all its worth. We are still seeing our population uncritically obedient and full of the “stay safe” nonsense. Once that runs for a bit longer, it’ll be climate change, for sure, that will keep us locked up in our (freezing cold) homes until they’ve saved the planet sufficiently to let us out for a walk. Crackers!

      March 30, 2022 at 6:35 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Global Warming will most certainly be the Next Lockdown, providing of course we’re not all Nuked. Nolan of course has The Ball already rolling. Were He not an Archbishop am sure The S.N.P. + Greens will be Happy with His first bit of work.

        March 31, 2022 at 12:09 am
  • Francis de sales

    Bishop Nolan spoken like a true politican. He’s no longer a Catholic cos political speak, none of Catholic. He’s bishop with a political angle far worse than his previous predecessor.

    March 30, 2022 at 10:10 pm
  • Josephine

    This is no surprise – did anyone really think that the former Bishop of Galloway was going to be any different from the rest of the hirelings? If he had been different, we’d have heard about it while he was running Galloway (into the ground).

    Reading the letter to Boris & Co. made me see red – this is the limitations of these bishops; they want to be in politics but since nobody would ever vote for them, this is the next best thing, firing off letters to the VIPs to be in with the in crowd. I’m disgusted.

    If that was an authentic consecration last Friday, then all this should end soon and we should see some converts, not just among the Russians but among the Scottish bishops as well. I’m not holding my breath, though.

    March 30, 2022 at 11:13 pm
    • Lily


      If that was an authentic consecration last Friday, then all this should end soon and we should see some converts, not just among the Russians but among the Scottish bishops as well. I’m not holding my breath, though.

      I totally agree, especially about not holding my breath, LOL!

      March 30, 2022 at 11:26 pm
    • Fidelis


      I am in complete agreement – I definitely didn’t think the new archbishop of Glasgow was going to be any different from either his predecessor or the rest of the Scottish hierarchy. They’re all much of a muchness, i.e. useless. If he didn’t show orthodox leanings in Galloway, why would he do so in Glasgow?

      March 31, 2022 at 5:33 pm
  • Athanasius

    I’ve said it before and now I say it again, these prelates no longer possess supernatural faith. By their fruits we know them and closed confessionals tells us all we need to know. When the faith goes they only have this world and its troubles to keep them occupied, hence the constant fixation with earthly, usually Socialist, programmes.

    April 1, 2022 at 12:09 am
  • Iain Colquhoun

    Jest read yuz OK Scots Catholics for aye. Whae’s like yuz? By the way, a man has XY sex chromosomes, a wife XX end of story, OK

    April 6, 2022 at 3:06 pm
    • editor

      Hi Iain!

      Great to welcome you here after such a long time away, in darkest Wales. Your Scottish accent needs a bit of work, yet but then I can’t do a Welsh one that doesn’t sound like an Irish one 😀

      For the record, the “Trans” thread is NOT this one – it’s here, but don’t worry about it. Unless you want to identify as a woman today, we’ll overlook the misteak 😀

      April 6, 2022 at 6:35 pm

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