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Bishop criticises SNP plan to decriminalise drugs

October 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Plan to decriminalise drugs is ‘extremely dangerous’, Church says.

The Catholic Church has slammed an SNP decision to back the decriminalisation of drugs as ‘dangerous’ and ‘retrograde.’ At the SNP conference in Aberdeen, which took place from October 13-15, the party, who are in government in Scotland, passed a resolution branding current drug control legislation as ‘not fit for purpose.’ However, this week the Catholic Church and the Bishop of Dunkeld Diocese have rejected any moves to decriminalise drugs, calling them ‘dangerous.’ During the summer it was revealed that drug-related deaths in Scotland hit a record high, with 1,187 deaths in 2018, making our country the drug-death ‘capital’ of Europe.   Devolution Existing drug legislation—covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971—is under control of the UK Government but at the SNP conference delegates called for drug laws be devolved to the Scottish Parliament in order to tackle the issue. The SNP said its aim is that through the decriminalisation of drugs ‘health services are... continue reading.

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Church compares surrogacy to human trafficking

October 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Catholic Church has questioned whether surrogacy is ‘any better than human trafficking’ as it responded to a consultation looking at reforming the law around the process. continue reading...


International role for Glasgow Knight of St Columba

October 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Glasgow man has been elected the first Scottish president of an international society that... continue reading.


Nigerian order to take reigns at Edinburgh city centre parish

October 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Missionaries from Africa will take over the running of a city centre parish in Scotland’s... continue reading.


Bishop hits back after attack on Catholic education

October 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The bishop of Dunkeld Diocese has expressed his support for teachers and clergy working in... continue reading.


Pope receives painting of Iona Abbey

October 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The supreme knight of the Knights of St Columba, Bertie Grogan, presented Pope Francis with... continue reading.



Youth

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Young Scots in Rome see their school’s patron made a saint

October 18 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pupils from Cardinal Newman High in Bellshill travelled to Rome last week to witness...

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Retiring headteacher had positive impact on ‘thousands of children’

October 11 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A newly retired headteacher received messages of support from his colleagues as he spoke...

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Mass marks 50 years of teaching at Catholic primary in West Dumbartonshire

October 4 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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Fundraising campaign launched to bring Good News to youth

October 4 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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National Youth Pilgrimage venerates Patron saint’s relics in St Andrew’s Cathedral

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Opinion

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Catholics must fight for environmental justice, but reject anti-human policies of extreme campaigners

October 18 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Brandon McGinley finds divine purpose in environmental action....

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All roads lead to Rome

October 18 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A pilgrimage to the canonisation of Cardinal Newman has Fr McMorrin reflecting on the...

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Grassroots movement needed to safeguard our Catholic schools

October 11 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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The many roads that lead to Christ can be both funny and fulfilling

October 4 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS


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A modest proposal to those calling for Catholic schools to be closed

October 4 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS



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