Scottish Priest Reportedly Bullied by Church’s ‘Gay Mafia’

A priest who wrote a book accusing the Catholic Church in Scotland of being run by a “powerful gay mafia” says he has been bullied by church hierarchy.

Father Matthew Despard was suspended from parish duties in 2013 after making the claims in a self-published book.

A Vatican court ruling in 2016 cleared the way for a possible return – but the church says he will not be allowed to return until he makes a public apology.

Father Despard said he was not sorry for telling the truth.

He was suspended from his parish at St John Ogilve’s in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, after publishing a book called Priesthood in Crisis.

He was forbidden from carrying out certain religious duties, like saying Mass, but has remained employed by the church.

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