A Cambuslang priest’s message that the Catholic Church must redress the harm it has done to gay people has gone viral. Click here to read more
Another priest of the same Diocese of Motherwell remains suspended for his decision to publish a book on the problem of homosexuality within the Catholic Church in Scotland.
There was promise, at the time, of an investigation into the claims made by Fr Despard in his book, but nothing has been done. And now we have a brother priest in the same Diocese openly “welcoming” LGBT people to his parish – without any reference to Catholic moral teaching on the need to repent of such behaviour, but instead, nicely timed, whether by accident or design, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England, with all the news coverage this anniversary affords.
It’s not so long since Fr Morton was under police investigation for sex allegations of which he was eventually cleared. We are emphatically NOT taking the “no smoke without fire” line – but one would think, would one not, that he would avoid having his name repeatedly associated with sexual matters in the tabloid press… Just a thought.
A priest who makes an announcement that LGBT people have been harmed by the Church in the past and are now welcome, unrepentant, at his Masses, is saying that there is nothing immoral about homosexual activity, that the Church has got it wrong. Click here to read about homosexual activity and decide for yourself if the Church has gotten it wrong… But, what to do about it? Well, for one thing, I’d be hot-footing it out of that parish, never to return. Instead, apparently, the parishioners are behind their PP, which is all the more reason why the Bishop, Joseph Toal, MUST act. The people have been malformed to the point where they really do not know whether they are on foot or on horseback, no idea what it means to be a Catholic; they have not been taught essential truths, such as the nature of the moral law – which comes NOT from “the Church” i.e. not from any churchmen, but from God.
Fr Morton MUST be sacked because he is effectively denying the right and duty of the Church to execute its role as Guardian of the Moral Order. Faith and Morals go hand in hand. For him to arrogantly assert that the Church is wrong on such a fundamental question as human sexuality, male and female, reveals his own lack of divine and Catholic Faith, for, when the Faith goes, the Morals quickly follow. No-one can be a fully believing Catholic while rejecting basic morality. A dozen analogies spring to mind but this comment piece is already too long. Essentially, we want Fr Morton to resign from parish ministry. He is openly inviting public sinners to commit sacrilege, and so the Bishop MUST remove him from ministry. After all, if Fr Despard had to resign for highlighting the very problem which Fr Morton confirms, why should Fr Morton be permitted to continue as Parish Priest, now cast in his new role as the darling of the LGBT “community”?
Please email the Diocese of Motherwell to express your concerns, and to call for the removal of Fr Morton from ministry at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’
St Peter Damian, pray for us!