Born in 1973, James Mawdsley grew up in Lancashire, England. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2016. In 2020 Fr Mawdsley was removed from his assignment for offering Masses open to the faithful during lockdowns. He was prevented from public ministry because he refused to obey illegal and irrational instructions which harmed the common good and salvation of souls, eventually resulting in a canonical suspension. So long as the Roman Curia submits to forces intent on destroying divine worship, the best obedience Fr Mawdsley believes he can offer the hierarchy is to accept their penalties but not follow their man-made agenda.