Fr Paul Morton: a bad priest who poisons and rots Church (St Catherine of Siena)

A PRIEST from Cambuslang has become the first Catholic representative to support teaching children about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in school. 

Fr Paul Morton encourages LGBT lessons in schools…

Father Paul Morton, of St Bride’s Parish Church, says bullying due a child’s gender identity or sexual orientation should be a “thing of the past”.

The priest has lent his support to the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, which was set up by two Glasgow men in a bid to crack down on homophobic abuse in the classroom.  Click here to read Evening Times report Cambuslang priest first Catholic representative to support LGBT education in schools  which headline is a tad stronger in the print edition of the newspaper, to read: Pioneer Catholic priest’s backing for LGBT rights.

Seems like only yesterday we were discussing this same priest’s public support for homosexuality; our call for Bishop Toal to act at that time, went unheeded, and so, taking his lead from the Bishop’s tolerance, he has moved forward from “welcoming” active homosexual couples to his Masses, to seeking to educate children in the same vice.  Click here to read our previous discussion…

Now, having pretended that his only interest was in making people feel welcome, he has moved on to recite the LGBT mantra about “homophobic” and “transgender” bullying.  Some chance.  Heavens above, it’s impossible to say a word – not a single word – to express disapproval of the evil of homosexual activity, without finding yourself plastered over the front page of a tabloid or, in my own case, nominated for the Stonewall Bigot of the Year award, so it’s a joke to suggest that any homosexual or “transgender” person is bullied.

One thing we never actually deal with – one thing never dealt with – when discussing LGBT “rights” is what they actually DO.  What IS it that is so objectionable?  Why is it that we are shocked that any Catholic priest would encourage children to participate in such behaviour as this

The above link to what homosexuals do, is mild.  Anyone who has ever visited a “gay” website, will know that.   Still, it gives a flavour of precisely what it is that this priest, and his Bishop – Joseph Toal – is shamelessly promoting. Or, more accurately, “proudly” promoting.  

Challenge From Editor, Catholic Truth, To Father Morton…

I’ve tried phoning Father Morton several times but keep getting a voicemail telling me that he is not available to speak and I can’t leave a message.  You’d almost think he knew that the caller is li’l ole moi…  Poor souls trying to get through with a sick call, if priests like Fr Morton still do such mundane things as attend to the sick, or administer the sacraments to the dying.  Must be a worry, having an LGBT celebrity as your Parish Priest.

Anyway, here’s why I was ringing… I rang to say “Hello, there, Father….Let’s debate St Catherine of Siena’s call for Pope Gregory XI to “rid the Church of bad priests and rulers who poison and rot that garden [the Church]” Some motion to the effect that St Catherine’s description of priests who “poison and rot” the Church applies today, more than ever, including to Fr Morton himself.  I do wish he’d answered his phone. 

Not to worry – I’ll email him the link to this thread in the [fond] hope that he takes up the challenge… I’ll also email the link to Bishop Toal, who is gravely responsible before God for this scandal.  He can have a ringside seat at the debate where he might reflect on the contrast between his suspension of Father Matthew Despard for writing a book exposing the  homosexual culture within the Diocese of Motherwell – a fact confirmed by Fr Morton  – while being complicit in Fr Morton’s guilt by  allowing him free rein to encourage homosexual activity, Communion for unrepentant public sinners and now, actively promoting the corruption of school children into the euphemism of “LGBT rights”.

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Letter from a Bishop…


Letter from a Bishop...

Parishioners from the parish of St John Ogilvie’s in Blantyre sent me a copy of the letter from Bishop Toal read out at Mass yesterday. Unfortunately, for technical reasons I cannot post it here but it is quoted in a report in Herald Scotland which you can read if you click on the photo of Bishop Toal.

Essentially, Bishop Toal is asking everyone to accept his decision to suspend Fr Despard.

As I have said repeatedly, I don’t know Fr Despard, but it does seem that there are some kind of double standards going on when a priest like Fr Despard can be suspended for what may be an ill-judged decision to write a “whistleblowing” book while Fr Lawlor in Glasgow, who hit the headlines for his involvement in a sex incident in front of his tabernacle, was not only not suspended, but is currently a popular speaker on Catholic premises all over the place, at the invitation of dissidents. Seems there’s an injustice here.

The question is, again, one of obedience. Is Fr Despard right to fight this suspension? Remember, Bishop Toal is administering the Diocese of Motherwell until a new Bishop is appointed. The previous Bishop (Joseph Devine) announced that there would be no further action against Fr Despard.* The parish is deeply divided. Is there anything we can say to help resolve the matter – I know there are parishioners keenly awaiting this thread. Can we help them?

* It seems that Bishop Devine announced only that he would not pursue the matter with the Diocesan Tribunal but did not rule out pursuing the matter with the National  Tribunal – see my comment below, 6 January, 2014, 9.19pm.

Scots Priest Suspended: “Mass Riot” During Bishop’s Announcement…


Parishioners at St John ­Ogilvie’s Church in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, reacted with fury and disbelief when they were told just before Mass last night that Father Matthew Despard had been removed from his ministry.

They were greeted by a weeping Father Despard outside the church shortly before the 4.30pm Mass began, and were ushered inside to hear a statement from Bishop Joseph Toal, Acting Bishop of the Diocese of Motherwell.

Angry scenes broke out among the congregation when Bishop Toal informed them “a penal ­judicial process” had been instituted against Father Despard as a result of the publication of his book Crisis In The Priesthood, with parishioners demanding answers over the priest’s suspension.

Father Despard, 48, embarked on a collision course with Church authorities when he published his book on Amazon in the wake of the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who admitted to gay relationships and sexual activity spanning decades.

However, it was later reported the priest would escape sanction after Joseph Devine, the previous Bishop of Motherwell, issued a notice ­stating that no action would be taken against him.

The controversy has now taken a fresh twist, with the priest in danger of being stripped of his ministry after action was taken against him under canon law.

There were chaotic scenes at the church, with some parishioners walking out in protest over the news before communion could be held while others were left in tears.

One woman who was there said about 150 people attended the service and their ­reaction to Father Despard’s suspension was “as close to a riot as you could get” inside a place of worship. She said Bishop Toal had to raise his voice and read the statement a second time as his first effort was drowned out by shouts from those sitting in the pews. The Bishop later took Mass.

The eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said: “I have never seen anything like it in a church. People were very upset. There were ­children in tears. People were shouting at Bishop Toal that there was a crisis in the Church and asking “where’s God in all this?”
“Some refused to take ­Communion from the Bishop and walked out. Father Matthew is very much respected in the parish and he’s been here for about five years.
“People back him over his book. It did cause some controversy and the congregation was split over it, but the majority have remained faithful to him.”

Father Despard’s memoir names serving priests and claims senior figures in the Church refused to confront complaints of abuse and bullying. He claims he was the victim of inappropriate approaches as a seminarian and alleges trainee priests who rebuffed the advances of others were bullied.

Of his time as a student at Chesters College, later renamed Scotus College, in Bearsden, in the late 1980s, he wrote: “One or two students tried to kiss me when I was there. I did not know what to make of that, whether they were perhaps testing me.”

Last night, the priest said he could not comment on what had happened at St John Ogilvie’s, and referred calls to his lawyer.

Hugh Neilson, representing Despard, said: “Father Despard is dismayed at today’s events that led to what can only be described as a mass walk-out by so many of his parishioners.
“He was humbled and deeply touched by the many supportive and affectionate comments ­including from those … who stayed after the bishop’s statement.

“He hopes that those in authority may yet reflect on today’s dramatic events that were, in his view, so unnecessary.

“It is a pity that repeated requests for a meeting [over two months] between Bishop Toal and Father Despard’s representatives went completely unheeded.

“The last thing Father Despard wanted was for his disagreements with the Church to attract further publicity or to cause anybody, particularly his parishioners, unnecessary anxiety.”
Father William Nolan, of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in East Kilbride, has been appointed parish administrator until the case against Father Despard is concluded.

A spokesman for Bishop Toal said: “Since there is a canonical case in progress at the present time, Bishop Toal felt it was appropriate to remove Father Matthew Despard from Parish Ministry, until the ­judicial process has run its course. This action does not prejudge the case in any way.”     To read article at source, click on photo of Fr Despard.