Sacking of priest signals the end of Scottish Christianity

Sacking of priest signals the end of Scottish Christianity July 22, 2018

That’s the view of a student at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) which sacked anti-gay Catholic priest, Father Mark Morris, above, from his position as a university chaplain.
Ricardo German, a Brazilian graduate student who has attended Masses celebrated by Morris in Balornock, told LifeSiteNews that the expulsion of the priest from the university was a result of the de-Christianisation of Scotland.

GCU’s removal of a gentle priest like Fr. Morris to please the deeply political homosexualist movement shows the consequence of accepting a ‘secular’ political structure.
Sooner or later, the ‘secular’ will become ‘secularist’ and all taxpayer-funded institutions like GCU … will not be satisfied until they have forcibly cast God and morality out of society for good.

Morris was removed from his ministry to students after complaints that he had advertised a rosary of “reparation for the gross offence to God which is Pride Glasgow” on his church’s website.
The rosary took place on Monday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Balornock, where Morris is the parish priest.
GCU expressed “great disappointment” in Morris. Its principal, Professor Pamela Gillies, stated:

Following due consultation, Father Mark Morris will not return to his chaplaincy role at the University in September. The University will work with the Archdiocese of Glasgow to ensure the continued provision of chaplaincy support for students and staff at our Faith and Belief Centre when the new term starts.

Members of GCU’s Catholic community were outraged that their chaplain was removed. In a statement posted on Facebook they wrote:

The Catholic Community at GCU would like to express our full support and solidarity with Fr. Mark Morris at this time. He is a faithful priest who has served our community with joy, dignity, and a smiling face for many years now.
We are extremely disappointed that the university have decided to dismiss Fr. Morris. It is frankly abhorrent that a Catholic priest would be dismissed from his post as a Catholic chaplain for merely reaffirming the teachings of the Catholic faith.

Doubling down, the Catholic students made their own critique of Pride Glasgow.

The Church is very clear that any sexual acts committed outside the context of marriage are sinful. Naturally, it would therefore be expected that the Church would not align herself with a movement like ‘Pride’, which promotes sexual promiscuity and celebrates extra-marital actions which are considered gravely sinful.

They stated that their chaplain had made it clear on several occasions that same-sex attracted persons are called to a life of chastity, and that this did not mean they were not welcome at chaplaincy or had “fallen short of the love of God.”

Anyone who knows Fr. Morris will know he … is very careful to be truthful but also charitable. He is well-loved by the students and spends a lot of time with the homeless, providing them with meals and a listening ear.

The students pointed out that the reparation service was scheduled to take place at Morris’s parish church, and had nothing to do with his duties at GCU:

The media, for whatever irrelevant and cruel reason, have decided to focus on his role as a University Chaplain. We think this association is unfair and unnecessary.

They accused GCU of having a “very warped understanding” of “equality and diversity” as “they have permitted absolutely no diversity of opinion [on Pride Glasgow] whatsoever.”
In a letter to the The Herald, Neil Barber, of the Edinburgh Secular Society, wrote:

It would seem it is not a joke that Glasgow Caledonian University chaplain, Father Mark Morris of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, has held a service involving a ‘rosary of reparation for the gross offence to God which is Pride Glasgow’.

Distasteful private religious views are one thing, but it is quite another for this individual to continue to be chaplain at a Scottish university.

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  • 1859

    ‘…..He is well-loved by the students and spends a lot of time with the homeless, providing them with meals and a listening ear.’
    Especially helping those LGBT students on the verge of suicide because of what the church teaches. Clearly Mary’s Immaculate Heart has no space in it for those who don’t conform to their 2000 year-old definition of ‘correct’ sexual behaviour? And if this decision of the uni really does signal the end of christianity in Scotland, then Scotland will be all the better.

  • phhht

    One less delusional theothug who believes he can tell other people who they get to have sex with and how can only be a good thing.
    Good riddance!

  • tonye

    If Morris stated “reparation for the gross offence to God which is Pride Glasgow” on his church’s website and Genesis states “god made man in his own image”.
    Therefore god is gay.

  • AgentCormac

    ‘ … will not be satisfied until they have forcibly cast God and morality out of society for good.’
    And the problem with getting rid of religion and a religion-enforced view of morality is what, exactly?

  • L.Long

    There is no down side to firing a rabid bigot of any sort!

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    @AgentCormac: I’d like to know why they conflate religion and morality in the first place? The two things are totally separate.

  • AgentCormac

    @Graham Martin-Royle
    Totally agree. A little while ago I heard a street preacher ranting on about how there is ‘no morality without god’. As you might imagine, he didn’t offer up any substantiation for this particular claim, but seemed to think that if he shouted it loudly enough then it must sound convincing. In fact the actions of his god, as described in his bible, would lead any sane person to conclude that morality was not one of the almighty’s strong points – what, with all that death and destruction he loves to rain down on his creation whenever he takes the hump at some perceived misdemeanour or other.

  • Laura Roberts

    “dismissed from his post as a Catholic chaplain for merely reaffirming the teachings of the Catholic faith.”
    The Catholic Church and the Bible it uses for moral guidance are both indeed vile, but I would be interested to see if any of the twits in the GCU Catholic Community can point to a Biblical passage that declares groups like Pride Glasgow are a “gross offence to God”? And how do they reconcile that opinion with “joy” or “dignity”?
    I love Scotland and I wish for its sake that this did spell the end of Scottish Christianity. Sadly, I doubt this is even close to a real possibility. Though I must say I am encouraged by the Scottish churches that have been converted to pubs thus far!

  • Vanity Unfair

    The Church is very clear that any sexual acts committed outside the context of marriage are sinful.
    The OT does not disparage concubinage and the NT is founded on the supernatural rape of an unmarried woman. (Mary’s marital condition is immaterial to the rape but the rape would have economic consequences in the woman-as-property culture of the time.)
    It is frankly abhorrent that a Catholic priest would be dismissed from his post as a Catholic chaplain for merely reaffirming the teachings of the Catholic faith.
    Thereby missing the point that it is the teachings that are abhorrent in the present even if they had not been so two thousand years ago to a small religious cult in a small Roman province.
    https://www.gcu.ac.uk/media/gcalwebv2/theuniversity/court/guidance_faith_and_belief_centre.pdf
    Guidance on the use of the Faith and Belief Centre p.4.
    Users must not say, write or publish material that incites hatred e.g. racial, religious, sexist, homophobic etc.
    All right, so it was said outside the room but I think the policy is clear. Is “hatred” too strong?
    same-sex attracted persons are called to a life of chastity,..
    That means that the standards must have changed over two thousand years. They would have been “called” or dragged to the town gates and stoned to death. Has anyone out there heard the call?
    The University will work with the Archdiocese of Glasgow to ensure the continued provision of chaplaincy support for students and staff at our Faith and Belief Centre when the new term starts.
    Or, alternatively, give new students a list of local churches.

  • Stuart H.

    Glasgow Catholics could always set up an appropriate alternative instead of whingeing about Pride.
    They could call it Shame. After all, their imaginary friend knows they have at least as much to feel ashamed about as gays do to take pride in.

  • StephenJP

    @Vanity Unfair: I too picked up on “same-sex attracted persons are called to a life of chastity”. Who the bloody, f**king, sodding, shitting hell do these people think they are to make judgements like this on other individual, autonomous women and men? Their self-appointed entitlement seems to know no bounds.

  • John the Drunkard

    ‘Distasteful private religious views are one thing,’
    Well, sure. But these weren’t some eccentric enthusiasm of this particular chaplain. They were, and are, bread and butter Catholick policy.
    That, of all the frightening stuff in the world these days, THIS is what he thought was worth calling out the ‘prayer warriors’ over certainly makes him look like someone who’s ‘private religious views’ are at the low end of his religion’s public norms.