Sacking of priest signals the end of Scottish Christianity
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.