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Catholic priest removed as university chaplain after saying Glasgow Pride was a 'gross offence to God'

Father Mark Morris served at Glasgow Caledonian University

2018-07-19

A Catholic priest who said Glasgow Pride was a “gross offence to God” has been removed from his role as a university chaplain.

Father Mark Morris served at Glasgow Caledonian University but ahead of the LGBT Pride festival on Satruday (July 14) in the Scottish city, Morris held a prayer service which sought “reparation for the gross offence to God which is Pride Glasgow”.

It wasn’t long until the university acted and the principal Professor Pamela Gillies confirmed Morris has been removed from his position at the establishment.

She said: “Following due consultation Father Mark Morris will not return to his chaplaincy role at the university in September.

Father Morris (R)

“The university will work with the Archdiocese of Glasgow to ensure the continued provision of chaplaincy support for staff and students at our Faith and Belief Centre when the new term starts.

“The University is strongly inclusive and committed to supported equality and diversity on campus.”

During the Pride Glasgow parade, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “proud” that the country is seen as one of the most “progressive countries” for LGBT equality.

She said: “I'm proud that Scotland is considered to be one of the most progressive countries in Europe regarding LGBT equality and Pride Glasgow is a fantastic event that brings communities together and celebrates all that LGBTi people bring to Scottish life.”