In a world of free choice, do we really need chaplains?

THE search is on for a new Catholic chaplain for Glasgow Caledonian University after the previous incumbent, Father Mark Morris, held a service to atone for the “gross offence to God” that was Glasgow Pride.

Principal Pamela Gillies has stated that the priest’s views “are antithetical to those held by the university, which is strongly inclusive”. Problem addressed, move along, nothing more to see here. Right?

But wait just a minute. Up until Monday were those in charge of the university – who it’s safe to assume are a clever and thoughtful bunch – naive enough to imagine the views of this priest aligned with those of the university? And if not, where should the line be drawn when it comes to educational institutions promoting religious views?

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Published in The National on July 20 2018.

Published by Shona Craven

Writer, editor, talking head

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