|Fr. Matthew Despard, author of "Priesthood in Crisis" and|
whistleblower on the "gay mafia" in the priesthood
Fr. Matthew Despard, formerly of St. John Ogilive's parish, has won a partial victory before the canonical courts in Rome. Fr. Despard's book, "Priesthood in Crisis" drew considerable ire from churchmen in Scotland, leading to his removal from the parish and active priesthood.
The book chronicled Fr. Despard's account of the facts pertaining to a decades long ongoing homosexual infiltration (and coverup) into the priesthood in the Catholic Church in Scotland.
On an appeal to Rome, the Romans have "partially reversed" the initial Scottish canonical decision. Fr. Despard has now approached Bishop Toal to receive a parish and return to active ministry. We await the bishop's response.
For a background to the Scottish Crisis, as well as valuable information from on the Catholic Church in Motherwell, please read here, here and here.
Montfort (one of our contributors), comes from the Diocese of Motherwell. With personal contacts in Fr Despard's diocese, we will monitor closely the situation and report to our readers as new information becomes available.
It should be noted that Fr. Despard has massive support from the lay faithful.
Please pray for Fr. Despard and Scotland.
St. John Ogilvie, pray for us.