CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 11 August 2018

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University chaplain fired after pride parade reparation prayers

MANCHESTER (CNS): Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland announced on July 18 that Father Mark Morris had been fired as university chaplain.
 
Pamela Gillies, the university’s principal professor, told BBC on July 18 that Father Morris had been removed as chaplain “following due consultation.”
 
The priest became a focus of controversy after local media learned that he offered prayers of reparation at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish on July 16 after the July 14 to 15 Glasgow Pride parade.
 
Gillies said, “The university will work with the Archdiocese of Glasgow to ensure the continued provision of chaplaincy support for staff and students ... when the new term starts.”
 
She added, “The university is strongly inclusive and committed to supporting equality and diversity on campus.”
 
However, the university’s Catholic society said in a July 18 statement posted on Facebook that the dismissal of the priest was “frankly abhorrent.”
 
It said, “The Catholic community at GCU would like to express our full support and solidarity with Father Mark Morris at this time.” 
 
The statement said the Church would not be expected to “align herself with a movement like Pride, which promotes sexual promiscuity and celebrates extramarital actions which are considered gravely sinful.”
 
It added, “In no way does this mean that homosexual persons are not welcome here at the chaplaincy, nor does it mean that they have fallen short of the love of God.” 
 
The statement pointed out, “Anyone who knows Father Morris will know he is a gentle giant and 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.”
 

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