Priest reportedly assaulted during Orange Walk
The Archdiocese of Glasgow has called for end to Orange Walks, after Father White of St. Alphonsus was allegedly spat on and attacked with a baton during yesterday’s march.
The attack reportedly happened as Father White was welcoming parishioners into vigil mass, around 4:20 PM.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed that they are investigating the incident, and added that:
"Whilst the parade was going past at the time, any link, if at all, between the alleged assault on the man and the Orange walk has yet to be established."
The Archdiocese of Glasgow questioned on Facebook whether the council and police scotland should allow Orange Marches to go ahead again in the future, asking what kind of society “allows ministers of religion and church goers to be intimidated and attacked by a group which has a long history of fomenting fear and anxiety on city streets?”
Scottish Labour politicians strongly condemned the assault, with Communities and Equalities’ spokesperson Monica Lennon saying:
“Father White has shown great courage in speaking out about the attacks he has experienced, for which there can be zero tolerance.
"Anti-Catholic hate crime remains prevalent in Scotland, accounting for 57 per cent of religiously aggravated charges in 2016/17.
"Our communities are safer for us all when we respect one another and value different backgrounds. Scotland must do better and it is right this has been brought to the First Minister’s attention.”
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard also commented on the incident, stating that:
“The reported sectarian attack against Father White in Glasgow will disgust people of all faiths and backgrounds across Scotland. There is no room in our society for this type of abusive, threatening and hate-filled behaviour.”