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Hostile secular environment is forcing politicians to ‘play down’ their Faith, Bishop Keenan says

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A ‘hostile secular environment’ dominates party politics and politicians are increasingly having to ‘play down’ their faith, Bishop John Keenan has said.

The Bishop of Paisley Diocese spoke after an Inverclyde councillor claimed SNP Party bosses told him to ‘curtail’ his Catholicism if he wanted to be a parliamentary candidate. Chris McEleny has made a complaint to the SNP’s national executive committee who govern the party, claiming that when he stood as a... read more

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Greenock’s links to St Thérèse revealed

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Greenock was at one time home to the late Canon Thomas ­Taylor, founder of Carfin Grotto, who was instrumental in spreading the word of the Little Flower ahead of her ­canonisation.

AROUND 2,000 people ­visited the relics of St Thérèse in Inverclyde’s ­oldest Catholic church last weekend, where some parishioners stayed all night in prayer. St Mary’s Church, Greenock, has long-standing ties to the ­Little Flower, as the church has its own statue to the saint whose relics have been touring the... read more


Church criticises former senior police officer’s claim that Catholic schools cause ‘sectarianism’

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

The Church has criticised comments from a former senior police officer who claimed Catholic schools should be abolished in order to ‘dig out the roots of ­sectarianism.’

Tom Wood, a former deputy chief constable for Police ­Scotland who retired in 2004 after 36 years service, made the claims in an article for The Scotsman on ­September 14. The article concerned an ongoing dispute over loyalist and republican parades being temporarily ‘banned’ by ­Glasgow City Council. Mr Wood, from... read more


The most important thing a Catholic teacher can be is an ‘ambassador for Christ,’ archbishop says

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

THE most important thing a Catholic teacher can be is an ‘ambassador for Christ,’ the Archbishop of St Andrew’s & ­Edinburgh told newly qualified Catholic teachers last week.

New teachers at Catholic schools met at the Gillis ­Centre in Edinburgh for a day of tips and guidance before Mass in St Margaret’s Chapel, celebrated by ­Archbishop Leo Cushley. “It’s always a pleasure to welcome the newly graduated teachers who are going to work in our Catholic schools,” Archbishop ­Cushley... read more


Bishop launches pregnancy support group in Dundee

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A NEW Catholic support group for pregnant women and families opened its doors this month in Dundee thanks to the ­generosity of local people.

The Dundee Pregnancy and Parenthood Support group (DPAPS), formed in response to the needs of pregnant women in the Dundee area, celebrated its launch at its new headquarters with Bishop Stephen Robson of Dunkeld, who blessed every room. DPAPS have also consecrated their cause to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Keen supporters... read more

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Local authority and Catholic priests resolve transport dispute

Posted on: September 13th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

A dispute between Catholic parents and a local authority has been resolved after an agreement to widen an Oban school’s catchment area.

The decision to increase the number of pupils who can access St Columba’s Primary School was taken last week by Argyll and Bute Council, and comes as a result of a formal request made by the school’s parent council. St Columba’s is the only Catholic school within 70 miles of Oban,... read more

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St Andrews and Edinburgh celebrates bumper weekend for vocations at cathedral

Posted on: September 13th, 2019 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

A deacon and a permanent deacon were ordained at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, last week and a man was admitted to the ministry of Acolyte.

David Edwardson will serve as a deacon until his priestly ordination in December, Eddie White was ordained to the permanent diaconate, and Tom McEvoy has been admitted to the ministry of Acolyte. Former episcopal priest Deacon Edwardson said he felt he has ‘come home.’ He moved to France 10 years ago, after... read more

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Woman with cancer reveals her ‘very special’ encounter with the relics of St Therese

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 No Comments

Despite undergoing radiotherapy five days a week, Jane joined her sisters on a visit to the relics at night, when the church was less busy. By Colette Cooper

A parishioner of St Teresa’s Church in Newarthill has said a visit to the relics of the Little Flower has helped her cope with her cancer. Jane Burns venerated the relics of St Thérèse at Carfin Grotto with her sisters last week. Jane is currently being treated for womb cancer, but is... read more


Church calls for increased funds for palliative care as Scot flies to Switzerland

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

Anthony Horan, director of Catholic Parliamentary Office, said any move towards introducing euthanasia would be a ‘dangerous statement’ by lawmakers.

The Catholic Church has called for more investment in end of life care after a Scottish man flew to Switzerland seeking euthanasia. The Church comments come a day after Pope Francis addressed the Italian Association of Medical Oncology, telling doctors, nurses and patients that ‘euthanasia is a way of treating the... read more

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Little Flower can make our homes ‘holy places filled with love’

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 by Peter Diamond No Comments

Bishop Toal addressed thousands of people who attended Carfin Grotto to celebrate the National Pilgrimage Mass.

Through St Thérèse our homes can be ‘holy places’ filled with love, the Bishop of Motherwell said as the Little Flower’s relics travel across Scotland on a mission to ‘shower blessings on those on Earth from Heaven.’ On Sunday September 1 at the national shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes Bishop... read more

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