Serious concerns continue to be expressed by clergy and laity, about two Roman Catholic deacons who are due to be ordained priests in the coming months.
The Scottish Deacon is Christopher Morris of the Diocese of Motherwell overseen by Bishop Joseph Toal
The Irish Deacon is Stephen Wilson of Armagh whose bishop is Eamon Martin.
The concerns about the two deacons revolve around how they have handled and are handling their homosexuality
It is fully accepted in clerical circles that both men are of the “antique disposition”.
It is also being claimed that both have been sexually active since entering seminary.
I have had countless communications about these matters from priests and laity in Scotland and Ireland.
I know that these concerns have even strongly communicated to EAMON MARTIN and JOSEPH TOAL.
Both bishops, for their own reasons, have failed to address these concerns.
EAMON MARTIN has taken great care of Fathers Rory Coyle and Eamon McCamley since their sexual misadventures.
McCamley is back in Dungannon Parish.
Rory has not returned to Armagh yet but is being fully supported by Eamon Martin.
JOE TOAL, who was ruthless in his handling of Father Matthew Despard, who exposed homosexuality among Scottish priests chooses to turn a blind eye to Christopher Morris.
STATEMENT FROM GROUP OF SCOTTISH PRIESTS
We have decided to email the Papal Nuncio re Bishop Toal and Mgr Bradley and their connection to Deacon Christopher.
Some of us are seriously considering leaving ministry over this. Some of us are gay and some are not so we have no agenda other than the faith and transparency. We just can’t continue to stand idly by.