Thursday, 24 August 2017

Fr. Matthew Despard: priest who exposed "gay mafia" in priesthood wins case in Rome

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. 


Anonymous said...

Here is a quote from one of the greatest saints ever regarding homosexuality. St. Catherine relays words of Our Lord, about the vice against nature, which contaminated part of the clergy in her time. Referrng to sacred ministers, He said: “They not only fail from resisting this frailty [ of fallen human nature]…but do even worse as they commit the cursed sin agains nature. Like the blind and stupid having dimmed the light of the understanding, they do not recoginze the disease and misery in which they find themselves. For this not only causes Me nausea, but displeases even the demons themselves, whom these miserable creatures have chosen as their lords. For Me, this sin against nature is so abominable that , for it alone, five cities were submersed, by virtue of the jugdment of My Divine Justice, which could no longer bear them…It is disagreable to the demon, not because evil displeases them and they find pleasure in good, but because their nature is angelic and thus is repulsed upon seeing such an enormous sin being commited. It is true that it is the demons who
hits the sinner with the poisoned arrow of lust, but when a man carries out such a sinful act, the demons leaves.

St.Catherine of Siena, El diabolo, in Orbas de Santa Catarina de Siena

bvs said...

Ah it was this saint who relayed the words of Our Lord about the devils not being able to bear being around those who commit vile sins against nature and God's law.

Thank you

Tancred said...

I just fielded a nasty comment from one of Father’s parishioners who claims to be slandered by his book. I’m fairly certain this individual’s real problem was Father’s witness.

In light of current revelations in the news and Bishop Toal’s denunciation, but not suspension of an aberrosexual advocate in this clergy, is there any news of Father’s exoneration and reinstatement?

Barona said...


I was speaking with Montfort the other week (who is in contact with the Despard family). The situation is that though Fr. Despard won his case in Rome, Bishop Toal is refusing to give Fr. Despard a ministry. Thus Fr. Despard is a priest in good standing, but with a bishop who is refusing to allow him to serve.

Tancred said...

Thanks for that! The Vicar general didn’t say anything about that.

Annesworld said...

Just to let all your good people know that our bishop, Bishop Joseph Toal has still not given Father Despard a parish. We are holding a silent demonstration outside the bishops residence on Saturday at midday. It will be exactly six years to the day and date that father was removed from his ministry.
We, as the support group have written on many occasions to the bishop, even asking for a meeting with him. That was over a year ago and three letters later, he still cannot face up to having a meeting with us.
Please pray for the success of the demonstration on Saturday and that Father will be given a parish very soon.

Neil McKechnie said...

Hello, I wonder if it would be possible for Montfort to contact me or put me into contact with Father Despard's support group in Motherwell, as my client wishes to make contact with Father Despard urgently regarding the ongoing situation. My client was harmed by CSA in the Motherwell Diocese and is looking for help and to offer further elucidation.

Many thanks,

Neil (