A priest who was attacked during an Orange March has questioned the decision to allow marchers to once again pass his church this year. 

Canon Tom White was spat on outside St Alphonsus' Church on London Road during a parade last year. 

Orange Lodges from across Glasgow have notified Glasgow City Council of their intended routes for this year's marches, which will see around 500 marchers passing Canon White's church.

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The Catholic church in Glasgow has called the proposed routes "extraordinarily insensitive", adding that the marches would cause "anxiety and fear". 

Parishioners of the church that the march will walk past have urged Glasgow City Council to change the route, saying protests would be "likely" if this advice was not heeded. 

A spokesman for Canon White and the church told the Evening Times: "We have no desire to deny the right to march, that is entirely their right and we support their freedom of speech. Do they need to do it down the one street that will cause distress in the community? 

"We are not in any way denying loyal orders a right to march. We appreciate and respect that. We have a problem with their insistence on marching past Catholic churches. 

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"But these are fundamentally anti-Catholic organisations. To choose a route past a church where a priest has been assaulted is something we just can't understand - it is inflammatory.  

"Canon White is the priest here and he will be out welcoming parishioners as he does every week. Hail, rain or shine he greets people outside, it's something he always does and certainly will continue to do. 

"We fundamentally support the rights of loyal orders to celebrate their traditions, but we ask them to respect our right to practice our religion without fear of intimidation."

A spokesman for the Archdiocese said: "After the distressing scenes of last year in this precise location, sensitivities are high. Many regard the planned marches as unduly provocative. 

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"We would trust that the police will take these issues into consideration when offering advice to the City Council on how to proceed.”

Almost 5,000 marchers are expected to take part in around 35 processions across the city on July 6. 

Glasgow City Council is set to liaise with Police Scotland to discuss any objections to the proposed routes. 

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "The approval for any parade route is a matter for Glasgow City Council."

The Grand Lodge declined to comment.