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Final bell for Milngavie primary?

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Government’s backing of council closure of St Joseph’s is a ‘hammer blow’

A ‘hammer blow,’ that is what Glasgow Archdiocese has called the Scottish Government’s decision to back council plans to close the only Catholic school in Milngavie. East Dunbartonshire Council decided earlier this year to go ahead with plans to merge St Joseph’s Primary with St Andrew’s Primary, Bearsden, and build a new school on the current St Andrew’s site. This was in spite of opposition from parents and the Church. In May, a formal consultation into the merger showed widespread opposition to the plan as well as highlighting the potential for ‘indirect discrimination’ against Catholic families in Milngavie. Hope grew when the Scottish Government ‘called-in’ the proposal, examining the process the council used. A government statement released last Friday, however, said: “Following further investigation, and having looked at the totality of what has been considered by East Dunbartonshire Council in coming to its decision to close the schools, the Scottish Ministers are... continue reading.

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Former First Minister’s generosity helps raise funds for orphanage

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Alex Salmond has auctioned gifts received during his time as First Minster to raise money for a Kenyan orphanage set up by a young Catholic from South Uist. continue reading...

Pope declined to meet with the Dalai Lama

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis declined the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama last weekend when the Tibetan... continue reading.

‘The Taliban will stop at nothing now’

December 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop in Pakistan talks to Aid to the Church in Need about school attack horror,... continue reading.

Public inquiry in Scotland into historical abuse cases of children in care

December 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Government behind inquiry move, which the Church backs, to begin in April 2015... continue reading.



Bishop Toal enjoys a double celebration during recent visit to Fernhill School

December 19 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Double celebrations took place at Fernhill School in Rutherglen last week as Bishop Joseph...


Pupil gives back to hospital that helped her

December 12 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A primary seven pupil has called on the musical abilities of her school friends...


Musicians bring curtain down on church’s jubilee celebrations

December 5 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


Airdrie pupils’ gift of warmth and compassion for Malawi

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Strong in Faith: An Italian lesson for Scotland

November 21 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS



Cross Wires: Sunday breaking news

December 21 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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Conscience and education battles rage on

December 19 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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Revisiting the Visitation is long overdue

December 19 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


Cross Wires: Thursday breaking news

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Midwives: ‘Denied their basic human right to freedom of belief in the course of their employment’

December 17 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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  • Catholic MP Jim Murphy selected as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
  • Kevin McKenna on why being pro-life is an uphill struggle in Scotland.
  • Fr Michael Conroy provides a timely insight into vocations and parish closures and how both will impact on parishioners.
  • Bishop Joseph Toal celebrates anniversary dedication Mass at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell.
  • The double Christmas and New Year edition of the SCO will be in parishes from December 24, priced £2, covering the December 26-January 2 period with include all your SCO favourites including the Year in Review, messages from the Bishops of Scotland, Christmas short stories and much more. The next 2015 edition with be January 9.

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