Saturday, 16 December 2017

Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia embroiled in a row over alleged bullying of a female volunteer.
Paul Hutcheon Investigations Editor HERALD SCOTLAND

THE Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia is under pressure over claims a female volunteer in the Catholic Church was bullied after a clash with one of his close allies.

Marie Lindsay said she was “traumatised” after the Archdiocese of Glasgow, led by Tartaglia, used retired police officers to try to deliver a “behavioural contract” to limit her dealings with controversial priest Father Paul Milarvie.

The document, which Lindsay has refused to sign, attempted to restrict her free speech and influence where she could sit in church. Her lawyer has advised she is entitled to a non-harassment order over behaviour that has left her distressed and anxious.

Lindsay’s legal representative has also reported a concern about the Archdiocese, which covers a large part of the west of Scotland, to the Information Commissioner.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Glasgow said: “Since this matter is under consideration by our lawyers, the Archdiocese of Glasgow does not consider it appropriate to comment at this time.”

A pharmaceutical worker in her fifties, Lindsay is a lifelong parishioner of St Mary’s in Duntocher, a village in Dunbartonshire. In 2010, she was formally appointed as a catechist, a role that involves helping children with their spiritual development. She worked with Father Joe Mills, who had been parish priest for over a decade, until his retirement this year.
However, she has found herself embroiled in an extraordinary row with some of the most senior figures in the Catholic Church, a dispute that involves former detectives, 

Police Scotland and allegations of anonymous letters.

The beginnings of the dispute can be traced to last year when Lindsay made a complaint about a headteacher to West Dunbartonshire council. In an interview with the Sunday Herald, Lindsay said Tartaglia, one of the most senior figures in the Catholic Church north of the border, took a personal interest in the case and backed the headteacher.

As a result of the wrangle, she said Tartaglia wanted her out of the post. Mills, who was a parish priest for 50 years before his retirement this year, endorsed Lindsay's version of events.
Mills said of Tartaglia’s reaction to the complaint: “The Archbishop came straight to my presbytery, my chapel house, and said it was outrageous.”

He said that he, Tartaglia and the headteacher had a meeting, at which Mills said the Archbishop offered sympathy:

“As we left the school, the Archbishop said to me ‘you’ll have to get rid of her [Lindsay] and end her role as children’s catechist’.” However, Mills said he refused to let her go and the Archbishop softened his approach.

In February, Father Mills retired from the parish and was replaced by Milarvie, a friend of the Archbishop. Tartaglia installed Milarvie in a ceremony.

However, the appointment was not universally welcomed because of Milarvie’s controversial past.

 In 2012, the Sunday Herald revealed that Milarvie, as a parish priest in Kirkintilloch, was the subject of complaints by a man in relation to incidents at Milarvie’s home over two separate evenings in 2010.


According to a written judgment by the previous Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, the first occasion involved a homosexual incident, the nature of which is disputed, after both men had "a large amount to drink". Milarvie later apologised.

At a second dinner at Milarvie’s house, the same man alleged he was subjected to unwanted harassment by the priest and claimed Milarvie had attempted to constrain him.

In his verdict, Archbishop Conti found there had been "consensual" gay activity, rather than an unwelcome approach by Milarvie. However, he added that Milarvie's actions had been "voluntary and totally unworthy behaviour on the part of a priest". He was allowed to stay in post.

The 2012 article also noted the professional connections between Milarvie and Tartaglia, who at that point was the incoming Archbishop of Glasgow.

Tartaglia was rector of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome in 2004 and 2005, during which period Milarvie was vice-rector. When Tartaglia became Bishop of Paisley in 2005, he described Milarvie as a "superb colleague and friend" in his ordination speech.

Despite the judgement that Milarvie’s behaviour had been “totally unworthy” of a priest, Tartaglia announced in February that he would succeed Father Mills at St Mary’s. After the appointment, Lindsay said Milarvie displayed an “attitude” towards her: “He told me my services were no longer required.”

In June, Lindsay said tensions escalated when she was in the church hall helping prepare for the children’s liturgy:

Two police officers appeared. And Father Milarvie was there. They walked the length of the hall to the table where my colleague and I were sitting. Father Milarvie did all the talking.”
According to Lindsay, Milarvie told her to collect her belongings, return her hall key and informed her she would have no more involvement in the Golden Jubilee preparations for Father Mills.

Lindsay said she and the police officers agreed to have a conversation outside of the church: “The parishioners could see me going in the police van. I was humiliated beyond belief. The policeman did the talking. He said, ‘I have to commend you for the way you have conducted yourself’.”

“He said, ‘we were asked by Father Milarvie because he was going to ask you to leave the premises and we are here on a preventative measure. We are here in case you objected to him leaving the hall'.”

She added: “How could a parish priest, who is pastorally responsible for my pastoral care, treat me like that? I felt totally and utterly humiliated.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed that police were called to St Mary’s church, but said no criminality was involved and no further action was taken.

Lindsay said a further clash took place with Milarvie in August when, after Mass, she said he “publicly and falsely accused me of sending him anonymous letters”.

She said Milarvie asked if she would “swear on the Bible” that she had not written the letters, after which she said he fetched them. Lindsay said two of the documents had nothing to do with her, but the third had been a note she had personally handed to Tartaglia.

She said Milarvie read out the note in front of her and other parishioners: “It is utterly shocking that a personal note, personally handed to the Archbishop, finds its way back to the parish priest. Where is the confidentiality in that?”

However, it was a third incident that left Lindsay tearful and afraid, as well as furious with her church leaders.

In September, Lindsay said she was at home when she answered the door to two males who said they were representatives of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. The men, Brian Murphy and Campbell Farquharson, are retired police officers and are listed as directors of the Elite Bureau of Investigation Ltd.

“I was terrified. This overwhelming fear hit me. What on earth were these two men doing at my door?” she said.

She declined to cooperate but got Murphy’s contact details and handed them to her lawyer, David Kerr, who is a partner in Harper Macleod LLP.

Kerr contacted vicar general Monsignor Paul Conroy – a senior figure in the Archdiocese – after which the lawyer received the “behavioural contract”. The contract stated that the document had been “facilitated” by Murphy and Farquharson, who were “representing” the Archdiocese. It added that such a step was “deemed necessary” in view of “challenges made directly to Father Paul Milarvie” by Lindsay.

The document, if signed, would commit Lindsay to accepting that Milarvie would run the parish in line with his “strategic vision”.

She would be obliged not to seek “direct confrontation on any basis” with Milarvie, and she would have to raise “any issues” with him about the running of the parish by letter.
The contract added that she would not “in any way” publicly undermine his work and it placed conditions on where she could sit during mass.

Lindsay said the Archdiocese approach in sending two former police officers to her house was an attempt to bully her: “Have they not heard of Royal Mail? Have they not heard of couriers? Why was it not sent via post?”

“Who would send two males to a female? Why not send a lady and a man? Of course it was to threaten and intimidate me.”


In a six-page letter to Tartaglia, Kerr wrote of his client’s concerns about the incidents involving Milarvie. On the episode involving the police coming to the church hall, he wrote: “There was plainly no reason for Father Milarvie to call the police. Had Father Milarvie asked Mrs Lindsay to leave (whatever his private reasons for that request may be) she would have done so.”

He added: “This incident appears to have been deliberately orchestrated by Father Milarvie in an attempt to cause as much distress and reputational damage to our client as possible.”

On the letter allegations, Kerr wrote: “She was publicly and falsely accused of writing anonymous letters to Father Milarvie. This public confrontation has added to the stress, anxiety and emotional upset our client was already suffering.”

Kerr wrote that Monsignor Conroy had confirmed instructing the two men who arrived at Lindsay’s door, adding: “Mr Murphy confirmed that he was instructed by the Archdiocese to deliver a document to our client …”

On the contract, which Kerr described as a “rather petty, self-serving draft”, he wrote: “The terms of the document are in some ways extraordinary. It is replete with implicit criticism of Mrs Lindsay but does not mention a single act by which she is said to have done wrong.”

He added that the document and method of delivery were an “unpleasant and sinister” attempt to “intimidate” Lindsay. Kerr added: “From an outside perspective the conduct of the Archdiocese in sending two former high-ranking police officers to the home of any parishioner for this purpose (or at all) is beyond comprehension, let alone to the home of an unaccompanied female.”

He argued his client is entitled to a claim of damages from the Archdiocese and said she would also be entitled to a non-harassment order.

The report to the Information Commissioner about the Archdiocese relates to the disclosure of Lindsay’s correspondence to Tartaglia and the circumstances by which the two ex-police officers got her name and address.

As a “possible resolution”, Kerr suggested apologies be given by Father Milarvie and the Archdiocese and for her to be reinstated as a catechist.

In a one-paragraph response to Kerr, Tartaglia wrote that he was “unaware” of a “lot” of the background to the situation, but added that he would not “enlarge on this”.

Father Mills, who described Lindsay an “extremely competent and committed” catechist, said of his Church’s alleged treatment of his former colleague: “She was bullied.” He added that the police involvement was “absolutely disgraceful”.

Murphy referred questions to the Archdiocese of Glasgow.


Another case of severe bullying in the Catholic Church.

Can anyone see a pattern?

A gay priest bully being supported by his bishop?

The police being used by the bullying priest against ONE DEFENCELESS WOMAN?

The priest being left in place?

These cases are common in Ireland, England, Scotland and around the world.

Archbishop Tartaglia is a strange fish. Apparently, he was a friend of Monsignor Michael Ledwith - of Maynooth fame!

Friday, 15 December 2017

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Church using police to try and silence me, claim Buckley

Bishop Pat Buckley claims Catholic Church is trying to use PSNI against him

By Eamon Sweeney
December 13 2017
A controversial Catholic cleric has accused the hierarchy of the Church in Ireland of using the PSNI to conduct a vendetta against him over an online religious affairs blog he runs.

Larne-based independent Bishop Pat Buckley said that a potential case against him involving accusations of incitement to hatred has been dropped, but the 11-month long saga has convinced him that his former Church is attempting to silence him by closing the site down.
"I run a blog called 'Thinking Catholicism', which is critical of the Catholic Church hierarchy and they don't like it," Bishop Buckley told the Belfast Telegraph. On the 6th of January this year Archbishop Eamon Martin reported a comment made on the blog to the PSNI as incitement to hatred. This comment wasn't made by me, but someone who comments on the blog.
"It involved scandals in the Catholic Church, namely the 'gay sex scandal' at Maynooth. It was something like 'a flamethrower should be taken to the lot of them'. It was figurative language. No one would have thought this was to be taken literally.
"So, on January 17 I was interviewed under caution at Larne police station by two officers and was told I would be informed whether or not I would be prosecuted within 14 days. The police told me that I had nothing to worry about and I wouldn't be prosecuted. But, despite repeated requests, it took 11 months before I received a decision from the Public Prosecution Service.
"The police were sent to my home on three separate occasions about three different blogs after that. There are people out there, probably pro-Catholic Church people, who do not like the blog and who are using the PSNI to close the blog down.
"Depending on the topic being discussed, there are between 4,000 and 15,000 people on the site each day. It's quite clearly a waste of police time."
Bishop Buckley was pressed by the Belfast Telegraph on whether he was sure that he had been told the identity of the complainant by the PSNI.
He said: "Archbishop Eamon Martin sent the Church's child protection officer Aidan Gordon to the police station to make the complaint even though there were no child protection issues involved in this. I suppose if you stretch his job description this complaint would fall under a kind of safeguarding in regard to this complaint."
When this allegation was put to the PSNI, it said: "Police received a complaint in relation to content posted on a blog in January, 2017. A file was sent to the Public Prosecution Service in relation to the matter in March, 2017."
The PPS said: "The PPS can confirm that a file relating to this case was received from police in February, 2017.
"After careful consideration of all the available evidence, the test for prosecution was applied in line with the PPS code for prosecutors. It has been decided not to prosecute anyone in relation to this incident on the basis that the case did not pass the evidential test."
Bishop Buckley added: "It was a worry that elements in the Catholic Church used the PSNI to target me. It could start a fashion that is very unhealthy in terms of freedom of speech etc, particularly over the Maynooth issue."

The Belfast Telegraph contacted the Catholic Church for a response on numerous occasions by phone and email over a number of days, but received no reply.

So, Amy Martin sent Aidan Gordon who is reportedly paid close to £100,000 per year to report this Blog to the police.

Obviously, the police have to look into every complaint and make a decision in conjunction with the PPS.
ELEVEN MONTHS later I have been informed that there is no case to answer.
The purpose of Amy's plan was to try and shut down this Blog because it has exposed sexual scandals both in Maynooth and indeed Amy's own diocese.
Quite rightly it has failed.
I believe that Amy & Co have waster police time.
And not only that.
When the BELFAST TELEGRAPH asked Amy for a comment it was met with complete silence - in other words, CONTEMPT.
These folk think thatthey are a law unto themselves.
The sooner they have NO INFLUENCE whatsoever on both sides of the border the better.

Thursday, 14 December 2017


Dear Bishop Pat,

I am writing to you as a Xxxxxxxxx priest living in Xxxxx, in the hope you may be able to advise or help in the situation. It is something that has persisted for almost six years and has caused me a lot of grief and worry.

My name is Father Xxxxx Xxxxxxx and am xx years old and have been a Xxxxxxx religious since the late 1940s. Whilst I am wonderfully healthy and sound for my age, this situation, precipitated by my superiors, has caused me significant distress in what should be a quiet time in my life. For some time, I have been accused of having an affair with a lady friend, which I have persistently denied because it is simply not true. I was moved from Xxxxxxx to Xxxxxxx six years ago as a result, and the current provincial is now threatening to move me again to Xxxxxxx, after Christmas. Their latest reason for suspecting an affair is that one of my brethren saw a totally proper and innocent photo of my friend on my laptop, and reported it. I was already suspended back in June, despite no evidence allowing them to do so, and since I moved to Xxxxxx, the suspicion has intensified. This colleague entered my room and accessed my laptop secretly and without my permission.

However, whilst I have vehemently denied and refused to move, I know this is just the beginning of what could become a very nasty and unprovoked campaign against a man who had given 60+ years of his life to the Xxxxxxxx Order. I worry, about the severe effect it will have on my health. To be forced from one end of the country to another, at an age when many are incapacitated, would be unspeakably cruel and unchristian. I also worry that as this lady is my only and closest friend, I have no one to turn to who could be of legal or practical help, despite them knowing the actions of my provincial to be unethically cruel and illegal.

The provincial himself (Fr Xxxxxx Xxxxxx) is in a homosexual partnership with a member of the provincial council, as is the superior of Xxxx Xxxxxx (where I am is based here in Xxxxxx, and who has also caused a lot of trouble) who is in a relationship with the superior of Xxxxxxx (Fr Xxxxx Xxxxxx, a priest originally from Xxxxxx), where he was previously (I believe I commented on your blog about this some months back). It is quite clear there is a strong and powerful clique that are dominating the Xxxxxxx Province at present, and they are aiming their attention at me who is effectively in a powerless position.

I was, therefore, wondering if you had any advice, or could help in any way? This campaign has continued for several years and caused my friend and me immense suffering. I wish we had sought legal advice earlier but didn't know how to. I also worry I wouldn't have the confidence to. I would be very grateful for any help you could give.

God Bless you,

Father Xxxxx Xxxxxxx

Dear Father,

I was extremely sad when I read your email. You have given many decades to the Church, the priesthood, and your religious order and it is 100% evil and unjust that you are being persecuted in this way by your superiors - who you say are sexually active with each other.

You will have seen from previous Blogs that this persecution of others in seminaries, dioceses and religious orders by gay cabals is becoming the norm!

You are in fact a clear victim of harassment and that harassment is completely illegal and should really be reported at your local police station.

From what you tell me this harassment is coming from a clique which involves your provincial superior and his "mates".

This means that those you are complaining about would be the ones to whom, in normal circumstances, you could make a complaint.

I do not know what the General of your order is like? Would he listen to your complaint or is he also compromised - or would he just automatically support your local superiors?

You could also try and report all of this to the Congregation for Religious Life in Rome?

I do not know how they would react - but your complaint might just fall into the hands of a decent man who might take action for you?

Whatever happens, I do not think you should tolerate this situation any longer - as it will impact greatly on your health and happiness.

If things get very bad - or even if they do not - you can make your way here to Northern Ireland where I live and you can stay with me and I will complain to the police and Rome on your behalf.

My email is

My mobile is 07488 374364

With sadness, love, and respect,

Your brother priest,


Wednesday, 13 December 2017




It came in this envelope - written on both front and back:




Can I, first of all, express my sincere gratitude to the person who sent it and obviously wanted to remain unknown.

I am very grateful for your thoughtfulness and deeply appreciate the thought that went into your sending it :-)

I see you mention my recent visit to the Shankhill Road in Belfast and my visit to The Rangers Club on the Shankhill for a pint with the locals. 

The pleasure was all mine.

And while I thoroughly enjoyed my visit at the human level I was also saying to my "Protestant", "Unionist", "Loyalist" brothers and sisters in Northern Ireland that I love you all as much as I love anyone else.

Little visits like this are important in the context of all the tragedy and sadness that has affected all our communities - and a gesture of the sadness I feel about all the terrible, hurtful things we have done to each other over the years and decades.

It's amazing how a simple gesture can sometimes mean more than all the bawling of our "politicians" on both sides of our divide.

From the human perspective - this is the nicest thing that has happened to me this Christmas.


New Bishop of Galway appointed

Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practise established  of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practise established of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
A new Bishop of Galway was appointed this morning with the translation there of Bishop Brendan Kelly from Achonry, where he has served since 2008.
It is an unusual move in that Bishop Kelly is himself a priest of Galway diocese and his appointment as Bishop there represents a break with the practice established during the tenure of previous papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown of appointing outsiders as bishop of any particular diocese.
Archbishop Brown was succeeded this year as papal nuncio by Archbishop Jude Okolo, the first Nigerian to ever serve in the role in Ireland, and the move of Bishop Kelly to Galway is the first episcopal appointment made since he arrived here last summer.
The Association of Catholic Priests, which represents approximately one thousand priests in Ireland, had been very critical of the pattern which saw the appointment of bishops who were not native to a diocese.
Bishop Kelly gave the homily last March at the funeral of former Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey at the Cathedral Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas in Galway city.

He recalled Bishop Casey as a man who did much good but had “hidden realities” in his life which proved earth-shattering for the Catholic Church. “We are all sinners, but irresponsibility, infidelity and sin are particularly shocking in the lives of those who preach the Gospel,” he said.
There were also “those of us who remember, with gratitude, his kindness and encouragement when personally we most needed it,” he said.
With the retirement in 2005 of Bishop James McLouglin, who succeeded Dr. Casey as Bishop of Galway, it was known that the priests of Galway had hoped the then Msgr Kelly, parish priest at Spiddal Co Galway, would become Bishop.
However then Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Martin Drennan was translated to Galway instead. He retired in July last year.
In November 2007 it was announced that then Msgr Kelly had been appointed Bishop of Achonry. Born in 1946 at Derrybrien, Loughrea, Co Galway he attended Craughwell National School and subsequently was a boarder at St Mary’s College in Galway city after which he went to Maynooth.
Ordained in June 1971 by then Bishop of Galway Michael Brown at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas in Galway city, he was appointed curate at Kinvara before taking up a teaching post at Coláiste Éinde, Salthill in 1972
In 1980 he was transferred to Our Lady’s College, Gort, becoming President in 1986. In 1996 he was appointed parish priest at Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare and in 2003 became parish priest at Spiddal.
Canon Michael McLoughlin, administrator of Galway diocese, said this morning on the announcement of Bishop Kelly’s appointment “we are very pleased indeed that he has come back to us.” He added “with great joy and with a feeling of some relief, I am honoured and I am proud to say to our new bishop - ceád mile fáilte romhat abhaile arís.”
For his part Bishop Kelly said “I am still somewhat in shock. Having settled happily in Achonry, I never expected to be asked to take on the shepherding of another diocese. However, the fact that it is my own native diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora makes it much easier to say yes to this appointment with which Pope Francis has chosen to honour me. I am very grateful to the Holy Father for his trust. And it is good to be coming home.”


Let me get this right.

Galway needs a new bishop and Pope Francis is appointing a71 and a half year old, who will have to retire in 38 months time as the new bishop!!!

How crazy is that - and in what other organisation would a man 6 and a half years past the civvy street retirement to lead the organisation into the future?

Forget about external enemies.

The Catholic Church is destroying itself from within by:

1. Becoming and organisation of old men.

2. Alienating the people with medieval practices and teaching.

3. Turning the priesthood, religious orders and seminaries into gay clubs.