Traditional-Leaning Priests Mentally Ill… Msgr Loftus (Echoing Papa Francis)

An article from the excellent Catholic Truth blog yesterday, points to an appalling piece* by Msgr Basil Loftus published in the Catholic Times


It’s been a while since we’ve reported on the dreadful writings of Monsignor Basil Loftus, whom we dubbed “Mgr Leftus” because he has, without doubt, abandoned the Catholic Faith of 2,000 years for the newer, if manifestly fewer, modernist version. I haven’t read his column for ages, but this morning, Sunday, 22nd January, a reader insisted that I take a copy of his latest offering, because it really is, literally, a very nasty piece of work. Having read today’s claptrap, I thought I’d post some extracts for discussion, knowing full well that there’s no point in writing to his bishop (Diocese of Aberdeen and Diocese of Leeds – as if we don’t have enough heretics of our own up here, they brought him up from England) because both bishops totally ignored the Open Letter we sent to them, some years ago. True to type, they have allowed him to continue, unchallenged, to attack Catholic Faith and Morals, to the great scandal of many of the faithful. Shame on them.

You’d think, wouldn’t you, that at a time when society is emphasising that we must de-stigmatise mental illness, the Pope and Mgr Leftus would think twice about using it as a term of abuse. Wouldn’t you? But no. Far from it.

The good Monsignor spends most of today’s column citing, with obvious approval, Pope Francis’ assertion that young men who apply for seminary “with the intention of adhering to a pre-Vatican II liturgy” (i.e. the traditional Mass) are undesirables (if not deplorables!)

Stretching back to 2015, Mgr quotes the Pope addressing a meeting of priests in the Diocese of Rome: “to ordain these types of seminarians is like placing a mortgage on the Church” and cites the Pope’s warning to bishops a short time later that they must “think twice” when a young man is ‘too confident, rigid and fundamentalist’ telling them to beware when admitting candidates to the seminary, because ‘there are mentally ill boys who seek strong structures that can protect them, such as the police, the army and the clergy.’ [All quotes taken from Francis’ concern over liturgical young fogeys, The Catholic Times, 20 January, 2017]

Speaking to bishops, says Mgr L, Pope Francis opined that “Tridentine-rite liturgies celebrated by priests who had never known the Church under the old rite were ‘a manifestation of moral and psychological imbalances.’ And, a delighted Mgr L goes on, the Pope warned newly appointed bishops in 2015: “Be careful when a seminarian seeks refuge in rigidity – because underneath this there is always something bad.


The traditional Mass is described as “its own shop window” in today’s savage attack, not to be”reinforced” in seminaries “or by the use of outdated episcopal carnival-costumes” (that is this terrible priest’s standard way of describing the sacred vestments).

The entire article exudes evil. As one American bishop said (and I quoted him, with source, in our newsletter at the time) “To be indifferent to the old rite is one thing; to hate it comes straight from Hell”.

Now, there’s a thought for the good Monsignor. Instead of blethering on about “rigid fundamentalism” he ought to try it sometime. Would make much more interesting reading that the baloney he churns out week after week in the Anything-But-Catholic Times.

Comments invited…

[*The article by Msgr Loftus, referred to above, does not appear to be online.]

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10 Responses to Traditional-Leaning Priests Mentally Ill… Msgr Loftus (Echoing Papa Francis)

  1. Oh heck, he’s escaped again. Anyone got a big net?

  2. In his blog, Mark Lambert suggest a reason why “both bishops totally ignored the Open Letter…sent to them, some years ago.” Lambert surmises that Monsignor Loftus “has been around for a long while and has occupied certain key positions, which means that he is in the know regarding certain people and things. Mgr Loftus will be allowed to keep his platform and spout his atrocious counter-doctrine for as long as he wishes. The last thing the hierarchy want at the moment is a bean-spiller in overdrive.”

  3. johnhenrycn says:

    Basil Loftus
    Austen Ivereigh
    Thomas Rosica
    Walter Kasper
    Blase Cupich
    Vincent Nichols
    The prosecution rests.

  4. toadspittle says:


  5. Basil Loftus is a grey bearded, retired priest of Leeds diocese now acting PP somewhere up in Aberdeenshire. Or, as St Damian puts it, he is “a world class bore… snootily dismissive of those Catholics who love the traditional Mass”. He is also an alumnus of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the “academia”, which has as its primary task the responsibility for training academically very able young priests who have a facility for language learning to serve in the diplomatic corps of the Holy See. Great English prelates who were alumni of the academia, include: Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, convert and second Archbishop of Westminster; Herbert Cardinal Vaughan, and; Rafael Mary Joseph Peter Francis Borgia Domingo del Val Gerard of the Blessed Trinity Cardinal Merry del Val (don’t believe all those who say he was Spanish; he dreamt in English). They keep good company: Popes Clement XIII; Leo XII; Leo XIII; Benedict XV, and; Paul VI.

    I have always thought that Brother Basil’s problem, well at least one of them, is that though undoubtedly he must have been a very promising young man, sadly he developed, or, rather, didn’t, into a not very important prelate; unlike his contemporaries in the Palazzo Severoli, Piazza Minerva, Class of 1965 and the classes to either side did.

    It is hard to resist the urge, and so I won’t, to parody him as a crypto-orthodox Catholic priest who poses as a seeming heretic in order to out those dangerous ultra-conservative Catholics who might well otherwise be left to bring shame upon the Catholic Church by being left unchallenged to espouse in their shameless publications, like The Catholic Herald, such appalling notions as there being only one God and, moreover, He “made us to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world” so that we “might be happy with Him in the next.” Just think of the damage these people could do. Did not Brother Nietzsche say: “I am afraid we are not rid of God because we still have faith in grammar.” Left unchallenged, what would happen to meism… sorry, theism if we all started putting capital aitches all over the place?

    Brother Basil’s psychological problems, including an obsessive-compulsive proclivity to what is technically known as litigationes ad absurdum, are perhaps intensified when he considers how well fellow alumni of the academia have done and are doing. He would have known well not just the men of his Class of 1965 but also those of the adjacent classes of ’64 and ’66. These include:

    Fortunato Cardinal Baldelli (†,’64),Titular Archbishop of Mevania, Apostolic Delegate to Angola, Pro-Nuncio to São Tomé and Príncipe, Nuncio to Dominican Republic, to Peru and to France and finally Cardinal-Deacon of Sant’Anselmo all’Aventino and Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary;

    Justin Cardinal Rigali (’64), caposezione English Language Section, Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops and of the College of Cardinals, Archbishop of Saint Louis and later of Philadelphia. (Although His Eminence’s time in Philadelphia ended a bit controversially, I have to say that I hold him in high regard, not least because he did me a personal kindness which I had no right to expect of him. Both Cardinal Egan (†) and Archbishop Sartain are also hold in high regard in part for the same reason: taking the time and going to the trouble of responding to an unsolicited communication which it would have been far easier to ignore.)

    I don’t want to belabour the point but something like 20 out of those three year groups, about two-thirds, went on to become archbishops, three or four of them cardinals. Mgr Loftus didn’t. Perhaps he thinks he should have. I say thank God he didn’t

  6. johnhenrycn says:

    An articulate, witty and knowledgeable comment that (^).

    Am I correct in recalling there was a “Basil Loftus” who used to comment on Damian Thompson’s Holy Smoke blog back in the day? He was always known as a troll, but maybe it was a sock puppet assuming BL’s name for rude comic relief, which wouldn’t have been hard to do.

  7. johnhenrycn says:

    Toadspittle at 17:48 –
    I was thinking of created beings, and thus, Jesus does not qualify.
    And I was thinking of creatures still alive; so your other three examples don’t either.

    But I did consider:
    Athanasius Shneider… A mere exception to the rule.
    Joseph Zen…A mere fly in the ointment.
    Robert Sarah…A mere Trad in the woodpile.
    Nice to see you back. What’s it been. A day?

  8. toadspittle says:

    “I was thinking of created beings, and thus, Jesus does not qualify.”
    Yes, I should have thought of that – silly of me. He might not qualify for you, JH – but He does for a lot of perfectly reasonable people.

    I didn’t say I was going. I was just bent out of shape for a second or two.
    Childish, (as usual,) of me. Sorry to have raised GC’s hopes.

  9. kathleen says:

    JH @ 19:17 yesterday

    Yes, I also seem to remember a Basil Loftus’ occasional offerings on DT’s Holy Smoke blog, back in those days when we Catholics battled valiantly against trolls of many shades of enmity 😉 . Trolls like BL too, who pretented to be one of us, but dished up nothing but heresies and/or baloney!


    I’ve just noticed that the link to the Catholic Truth blog wasn’t working, so I’ve just fixed it. Sorry about that!

    There are some interesting observations in the comment section over there about whether one should respond to trolls or not, like this one from someone called ‘Athanasius’:

    “[…] It has never been the way of the Church to just ignore heretic clerics, no matter how insignifcant they are. The Church cannot tolerate assaults on her teaching and practice because they are of divine origin and therefore represent an attack on the Almighty Himself. We are all bound in duty to challenge heretical priests and do our utmost to ensure that the Church’s authorities silence and censure them with urgency.

    Mgr. Loftus is a non-entity in himself, a worn out old hippie that most pay no attention to, but that does not lessen our duty before God, especially given the hatred for Tradition that he demonstrates week in and week out in that terrible Catholic Times newspaper, a rag that has absolutely no right to bear the name Catholic. It’s about as Catholic as Pravda.”

  10. toadspittle says:

    “The Church cannot tolerate assaults on her teaching and practice because they are of divine origin…”
    What – the assaults? Seems unlikely. But we must suppose ‘Athanasius’* knows what she’s talking about.

    * Lovely name. Is it…(Yeah, all right, Toad. You’ve done that one to death.)

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