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Plans for St Ogilvie memorial move ahead as feast day marked

Posted on: March 15th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A Rosary at the site of the planned memorial took place on March 10 to commemorate the saint.

The campaign to erect a statue to St John Ogilvie in Glasgow City Centre is gathering pace it can be revealed as Scotland celebrated the martyrs feast day. On Monday March 10 Catholics celebrated the Feast of St John Ogilvie, Scotland’s only post-reformation saint, and the campaigners are hoping to see... read more


Church establishes yearly Day of Prayer for victims of abuse

Posted on: March 8th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

The Bishops of Scotland have established A Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse, to be marked on the Friday following Ash Wednesday.

The Church issued resources to every parish in Scotland to be used this Friday, March 8, during a ‘holy hour style Service of Acknowledgment, Prayer and Reflection,’ or during Mass. A spokesperson for the Catholic Church said: “The Bishops of Scotland have established A Day of Prayer for those who have... read more


City centre parishes concerned over plan to charge for Sunday street parking

Posted on: March 8th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

Catholic parishes in Glasgow city centrehave expressed concern at plans unveiled by the local authority that will see Mass-goers charged to park on the street.

Priests at St Andrew’s Cathedral and St Mungo’s Church, Townhead said they were concerned about the proposals which could ‘unfairly penalise’ parishioners. Last week Glasgow City Council revealed plans to start charging drivers every day to use city centre bays that are currently free to use on Sundays. Motorists would have to... read more


Council review as figures show 189 orange marches in 2018

Posted on: March 8th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

There were 189 Orange marches in Glasgow in 2018, the local council announced as it pledged to set-up a working group to review its policy on parades.

More than 60 per cent of all marches in Glasgow each year for the last four years have been by the Orange Order or similar groups the Apprentice Boys of Derry and the Black Institute—three marches for every week in the year. There were 313 marches in total in 2018 in... read more


Archbishop distributes ashes to MSPs and staff at the Scottish Parliament

Posted on: March 6th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

On Ash Wednesday, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese, paid a visit to Holyrood to mark the start of Lent, the journey towards Easter.

Archbishop Leo Cushley visited the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, March 6 to distribute ashes to MSPs and staff. The event, organised by Labour MSP Elaine Smith and the director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office Anthony Horan, had originally been planned to take place last year. However, as Ash Wednesday fell during... read more


Organ donation bill labelled ‘morally unacceptable’ by the Church takes a step towards becoming law

Posted on: March 1st, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

MSPs have approved a bill to assume organ donation consent from patients rather than seek explicit approval, a move the Church says is ‘morally unacceptable’

The Catholic Church urged politicians to reject the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill. However, at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday February 26, MSPs agreed the general principles of the bill, meaning if the final legislation is passed it will shift Scotland to a soft ‘opt-out’ system for... read more


Scotland’s bishops renew apology to victims following Vatican summit on abuse

Posted on: March 1st, 2019 No Comments

Scotland’s bishops have renewed their apology to victims of abuse as they welcomed Pope Francis’ vow to tackle the issue in the Church.

The comments follow a summit in Rome last week called by Pope Francis to tackle abuse. A spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland said that at the summit the Pope ‘reminded us’ that ‘we are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth.’ They added:... read more


Priest ‘saddened’ at return of ‘business as usual’ Orange marching season as bigot is jailed for 10 months

Posted on: February 28th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

A priest who was attacked outside his church as an Orange walk went past has said he is ‘saddened’ that Scotland has returned to ‘business as usual’ with the return of the marching season.

Canon Tom White spoke after his attacker was sentenced to 10 months in prison for being part of a mob that intimidated parishioners of St Alphonsus’ Church in Glasgow’s East End last July. Bradley Wallace, 24, assaulted Canon White on July 7 last year. His DNA was later found to match... read more

Ordination to the Priesthood of Emmet O'Dowd and Rafal Szweda and Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate of Douglas Duncan, Conferred by Rt. Rev. Hugh Gilbert bishop of Aberdeen. Friday 6th July 2018 at St Mary's Cathedral, Aberdeen.
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Bishop asks for prayers for success of Vatican abuse summit

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has asked for prayers that a Vatican summit this weekend on the subject of abuse ‘may bear the fruit for which the Pope is hoping.’

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen Diocese will be attending the conference in Rome from February 21 to 24 in his first major role since being elected the new president of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland last November. From Thursday to Sunday, Bishop Gilbert will join 189 Catholic bishops and cardinals and... read more


Catholics must fight ‘indifference to the poor,’ retiring SSVP head says

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 No Comments

Scotland’s Catholics must fight society’s growing ‘indifference’ to the poor, the retiring head of SSVP Scotland has said.
— By Matt Meade

Jim McKendrick said the plight of struggling families has grown worse over the last five years as austerity measures continue to bite. He also believes the growing crisis of loneliness among the elderly has to be tackled. Mr McKendrick (right) made the comments as he steps down as national president of the... read more

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