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Scotland’s ‘petty intolerance’ condemned after ‘FTP’ licence plate put on sale for £900

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A campaign group has criticised Scotland’s ‘petty intolerance’ after ads appeared online advertising a licence plate bearing a commonly used anti-Catholic acronym.

The ads were posted on the sales site Gumtree in December advertising the licence plate ‘S6 FTP’ with an asking price of £900. An accompanying sales notice read: “S6 FTP Stevie G FTP. Plate for sale for true blue nose, bears. Originally on supporters minibus.” ‘FTP’ is a commonly used acronym for... read more


Politicians back bishop’s call for Catholics to join political parties – but pro-life struggles highlighted

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Politicians have backed a call from the Bishop of Galloway for Catholics to become more involved in politics—but one councillor has spoken about the difficulties facing legislators who take stances based on their religious views.

Last week, Bishop William Nolan released a letter with Justice and Peace Scotland, of which he is the bishop president, calling for Catholics to join their preferred political party if they wish to see change, rather than just voting in elections. Labour MP Paul Sweeney, who represents Glasgow North East, said... read more


Heritage appointee is looking to record stories of parishes’ hidden female heroes

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A Catholic heritage project is looking to record the stories of women who are the ‘hidden heroes’ of parishes.

Aberdeen Diocese last week appointed a laywoman to take the reigns of a heritage commission, and she hopes to use the role to recognise memorable women who are no longer with us. Anne Oliver has been asked to represent the diocese on an important commission which has been dormant for a... read more


Six men to prepare for priesthood in Spain

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

Six men from Scotland have enrolled this week at the Royal Scots College in Salamanca Spain as part of the preparations for the priesthood.

The college confirmed the news on the feast of the Epiphany stating that six men from Scotland and four from around Ireland would be travelling to the Spanish University city to take part in a six-month propaedeutic course. The initial stage of seminary life and training for priesthood will allow the... read more


We all have a duty to make the world better, says Scotland’s newest priest

Posted on: January 4th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

Scotland’s newest priest has revealed he has already ‘felt the closeness of God and the love of His people’ when celebrating his first Mass.

Glasgow Archdiocese received the perfect Christmas present when Fr Andrew McGowan was ordained a priest on December 27 in St Andrew’s Cathedral. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow ordained Fr McGowan (right, with the archbishop), who is originally from Shettleston. Bishops Joseph Toal, John Keenan, and William Nolan were also present. Fr McGowan has... read more


Political leaders issue Christmas messages to Catholic community and all Scotland’s Christians

Posted on: December 21st, 2018 by Peter Diamond No Comments

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and Conservative MSP Donald Cameron gave their best wishes to Scottish Catholics.

Scotland’s First Minister has for the first time released a Christmas message specifically to Scotland’s Catholic community. In March, Mrs Sturgeon was criticised for failing to issue an Easter message specifically to Scotland’s Christians, despite regularly addressing messages to the country’s Jews on Hanukkah—which commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple... read more


Bambinelli Sunday to link kids with Christ

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Grandparents have taken inspiration from the Pope as they seek to ensure children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

Each year on the third Sunday of Advent children and adults bring their Baby Jesus figures from their crib at home to St Peter’s Square where the Pope blesses the people and the figurines (pictured above). This Christmas, the Catholic Grandparents Association (CGA) is hoping parishes across Scotland will take up... read more


‘Catholic lite’ has failed the Church in the West, writer says

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by Peter Diamond No Comments

The author of St Pope John Paul II’s best-selling biography told Catholics in Edinburgh last week that a ‘watered-down, diet version of Catholicism’ is failing the Church in the west.

George Weigel, a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals, spoke at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh on Saturday, December 8 and shared his views of the Church with the audience, while promoting his latest book The Fragility of Order: Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times. Speaking to the SCO... read more


Labour MSP says there is a ‘rise in anti-Catholic sentiment’ in Scotland

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A Catholic MSP said she feels a ‘rise in anti-Catholic sentiment in the country,’ after receiving ‘hateful’ Tweets about Catholic education during a Scottish Parliament event to highlight religious persecution.

Elaine Smith, MSP for Central Scotland, said it was ‘very disappointing that during a week in November in which the positive contribution of the Church was highlighted,’ she still has to deal with anti-Catholicism. The Labour MSP was attending the Red Wednesday event on November 28 at the Scottish Parliament, where... read more


Free speech fears on campus after pro-life ban

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Students have expressed their fears for the future of Catholic viewpoints on Scottish campuses, after two universities clamped down on pro-life groups.

It was recently announced that the Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA) had prevented the pro-life group, Aberdeen Life Ethics Society, from affiliating, meaning the group will be unable to access funding for events. The University of Glasgow’s Students’ Representative Council (SRC) also rejected plans for Glasgow Students for Life to become... read more

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