BY LYNN MCPHERSON
A Catholic priest at the centre of a gay mafia row is being pressurised to resign as parish priest after a three-year battle with the church.
Father Matthew Despard was sent a three-page letter from Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Toal, calling for him to quit his post at St John Ogilvie’s Parish in Blantyre.
Father Despard wrote a book claiming that a “powerful gay mafia” was operating at the top of the Catholic Church in Scotland and was responsible for sexual bullying.
The Amazon-published book, Priesthood in Crisis, was later withdrawn from sale.
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