Yes/No…Should Glasgow Build Statue of Scotland’s Only Martyr – St John Ogilvie?

A statue for Scotland’s only Catholic Martyr?

A CAMPAIGN is growing for a memorial to St John Ogilvie, Scotland’s only Catholic martyr, to be built on the spot of his execution at Glasgow Cross.

An online campaign launched on his feast day last week has found huge support, with the Knights of St Columba saying they’d be delighted to take the project forward by raising funds for a marker for the saint.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow used his homily at the St John Ogilvie feast day Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral, a few hundreds yards away from Glasgow Cross, to call on Scotland to make more of its saints, and a campaign by a Scottish Catholic media group for a memorial has received huge support online.

“John Ogilvie was a Scot from Banffshire,” Archbishop Tartaglia said. “He was a Jesuit priest. He died here in our city. He is an honorary Glaswegian. He belongs to Glasgow. And above all, his blood was shed for Christ here in Glasgow. I just wish we knew where he was buried, but we don’t.

“We know he was executed at Glasgow Cross (right). We have the national shrine at St Aloysius’, where we celebrated ecumenical vespers in honour of St John Ogilvie yesterday evening, and we have the renowned painting of our martyr which is displayed in this Cathedral. These tangible things help us to claim St John Ogilvie as our saint, to love him and to keep his memory alive.”

 Religious freedom

The Archbishop also said that the saint’s memory was particularly important at a time when Catholics faced ‘more subtle forms of restricting religious freedom.’

“It gets into the realm of limiting your freedom to say in public places what you believe and what you hold most dear in your heart and in your conscience, and that trend, let’s call it, is recognisable even in developed liberal democracies like ours,” he said.

“Christians and Catholics all over the western world are wakening up to this now and it is a difficult prospect for us because the goalposts of civic respectability appear suddenly to have been moved. I think this may be our next big challenge. That’s one reason why we continue to need the example, inspiration and intercession of St John Ogilvie.”

John Patrick Mallon leads Sancta Familia Media, a group out of Holy Family parish in Motherwell Diocese which make Faith-based online videos. He was inspired to call for a memorial when filming a short film about the saint at Glasgow Cross.

“I was just really surprised there was nothing there to mark it, not even a plaque,” he said. “And I thought, ‘this is terrible.’ So we put up a campaign on social media and it had an amazing response, hundreds of people liking and sharing it.”

 Support

Charlie McCluskey, supreme knight of the Knights of St Columba, said the order had first started to consider a permanent memorial to St John Ogilvie at Glasgow Cross on the saint’s 400th anniversary in 2015, but the time was now right.

“There should be a something,” he said. “He’s the only Scottish martyr and there’s not even a plaque. Whether you are Catholic, Protestant, whatever, this was an historic event in the history of the city that should be marked.”

Mr McCluskey suggested an alcove on the Mercat Building, which is owned by Glasgow City Council and overlooks the Cross, would be an ideal place for a statue of the saint. “We have made tentative enquires to the council,” Mr McCluskey said. “There didn’t seem to be major objections. We need to move onto the next stage now, but if there’s public support we’d be happy to take a lead on this.”  Source

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Fatima Center Calls For Reparation

Special from the Fatima Center
December 22, 2015

Oklahoma City gave a satanist permission to publicly desecrate a statue of the Virgin Mary outside a Catholic Church on Christmas Eve. Our Lady of Sorrows2

Adam Daniels, the satanist who sponsored the ‘black mass’ in Oklahoma in 2014, plans to pour costume blood over a statue of Our Lady that has been “treated with sulfur powder and ash.” It appears it is a statue he will bring himself.

The outrage is scheduled to take place outside St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral on December 24 from 4:30 to 6:15 pm.

The Oklahoman newspaper described the upcoming atrocity as if it were nothing more than a small political rally or artist’s display: “The protest will be confined to the sidewalk and will not block any Church entrances, according to the permit obtained by Daniels. The permit also requires to clean up the display after the event to ensure no costume blood is left on the sidewalk.”

Welcome to 2015 USA, where government allows all the public blasphemy you care to provoke, provided you do it within the limits of your city-issued permit.

Daniels calls his blasphemous event the “Virgin Birth is a Lie,” which he describes as “exposing the lies” of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the blood, he said, is to “add another layer of corruption to Mary, which is an emblem of the Catholic Church.”

Daniels is also a convicted sex-offender, and had built an ‘altar to satan’ using rubble from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He used this rubble, he said, because it would have been “one of the most highly negative charges you could have … energy-wise.”

Breitbart news reports he is protesting the Catholic Church on Christmas Eve due to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s recent demonstrations against the group’s ‘black mass,’ the unveiling of a Bahoment [satanic] statue, and Daniel’s own book-signing event.

In a sense, we could ignore this pathetic creature as one merely seeking to aggrandize himself. But as Our Lord told the 19th Century Sister Marie de Saint Pierre of France in messages approved by the Church, public desecration requires public reparation.

A group of concerned Catholics will attempt to occupy the area where the violation is slated to occur. They will also pray the Rosary in reparation.

The Fatima Center urges those who cannot be present in Oklahoma City to offer acts of reparation for this desecration, which is a pointed attack against Catholicism and Our Lady Herself.

You could pray an extra Rosary, make some extra sacrifices, offer prayers of reparation, make a Holy Hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament while the Oklahoma outrage is taking place, or make a Holy Hour at some other day or time that is more convenient. You can make reparation after the event as well.

Whatever you do, know well that Our Lady expects you to do something.

You could also register your complaint with Mayor Mick Cornett,* under whose administration this outrage is permitted. 

When Our Lady requested the Five First Saturdays, She said that one of the five blasphemies that require reparation concerns “the offense of those who outrage Her directly in Her Holy images.”

Please make some sort of reparation for this desecration. Count yourselves among the friends of Our Lady who, as She told Sister Lucia in 1929, have compassion on Our Lady’s Heart “circled with thorns,” and “make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Let us know what you plan to do in reparation. Contact us at: response@thefatimacenter.com

* The Honorable Mick Cornett
Mayor of Oklahoma City
Phone: 405-297-2424
Email: mayor@okc.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mickcornett

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