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Pope’s visit reminds us to take inspiration from the martyrs of Japan

Posted on: November 29th, 2019 by SCO Admin No Comments

I wasn’t much interested in the Pope’s visit to Japan, until I read about the martyrs. Don’t get me wrong, the papal visit is very important, but he does a lot of trips this Pope, it’s not easy to keep up.

But somewhere along the line I caught a glimpse of a picture of Pope Francis paused for prayer on the hill where St Paul Miki and 25 others were crucified in 1597. And then I read that hundreds more were killed in the decades that followed. For more than 200 years,... read more


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The everyday life of a Catholic school chaplain revealed

Posted on: November 22nd, 2019 No Comments

It surprises so many people that the mission of a school chaplain is not restricted to the Religious Education department. This is because Faith breathes in every corner of a Catholic school community, from the classroom to the sports field, from the social space to the staff room.

By Fr Michael Kane This week Catholic Education is once again in the spotlight. As a tonic to the often negative press around Catholic schools in some quarters, this week gives us all an opportunity to celebrate everything that is good and life-giving about our schools.... read more


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Be ready to stand up for Catholic education as secular agendas gather pace

Posted on: November 22nd, 2019 No Comments

In our increasingly secular society, Catholic schools and their ethos, through which pupils are encouraged to put their Faith into action, enhance our society.

By Mary McGinty That’s life believes Catholic schools equip young people with values which enrich the wider society The subject of Catholic schools and their existence is rarely off the agenda. Back in September, the football commentator Archie Macpherson waded in with his tuppence-worth, calling for an ‘open and bold discussion.’ He wasn’t... read more


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We owe a great debt to Christians of the Holy Land

Posted on: September 27th, 2019 No Comments

We are able to visit Christian sites in the Holy Land today because their locations have been guarded and protected by a faithful community for 2,000 years, writes Fr Michael Kane

This week I write my column from the beautiful surroundings of Galilee. For these past 10 days I have been here in the Holy Land with 54 other Scottish pilgrims in our group. For many it is the opportunity of a lifetime to walk in the footsteps of Jesus in... read more


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Cardinal inspired by Scotland’s Catholic youth

Posted on: September 26th, 2019 No Comments

James Bundy reflects on meeting American Cardinal Raymond Burke during his recent visit to Glasgow

On Saturday September 14, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke offered a Pontifical High Mass at a packed Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Balornock. The choir sung beautifully throughout, and the liturgy was as wonderful and mystical as it always is. One thing that caught my eye was the number of... read more


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The works of CS Lewis direct both young and old to God

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 No Comments

Emily Black on why children’s stories are not just for kids

As a child, I read CS Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia with wonder, and as an adult I often return to the magical world he created. Through Lewis’ ­writing, the reader experiences a ­remarkably vivid image of the Pevensie children entering Narnia: a wardrobe door is opened, and we step... read more


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Without the ­Resurrection, everything else is meaningless

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 No Comments

There are lots of lessons to be learned from the present crisis in the Church, but the ­theological heart must be the Resurrection, says Fr Jamie McMorrin

Napoleon Bonaparte is supposed to have instructed his officers: “Never admit a mistake and never retreat.” He wasn’t a bishop, and those under his command weren’t priests. As a priest, by contrast, the Church makes sure I own up to my ­mistakes—‘to almighty God and to you, my brothers and... read more


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Forefathers who built our parishes gave true sacrifice and service: we should remember them

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 No Comments

We can learn much from those who have gone before us, while looking forward to a flourishing future, says Fr Jamie McMorrin

Back in June, as the long, sunny days of summer stretched out before us, the priests of my diocese gathered with our archbishop for two ordinations, to celebrate with two men setting out on the great adventure of the priesthood. Earlier this week, as the days grow shorter and the leaves... read more


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The humility of Christ can heal a dark and divided America

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 No Comments

Brandon McGinley’s letter from America explores what it is about Jesus Christ that will appeal to a society exhausted by exploitation

It’s a strange and unsettling time in America. Mass shootings have become commonplace, to the point where the natural reaction to the news of another is a resigned, ‘oh, again.’ Each one initiates a new wave of political and often racial recriminations as blame gets lobbed around like a stink bomb... read more


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Humour can be a unifying, healing force that bridges divides

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 No Comments

Brandon McGinley finds laughter helps despite the troubles we face.

Heaven and hell are serious business. Souls are on the line every moment of every day. A single mortal sin breaks our relationship with God—permanently, if we refuse to accept His invitations to return to Him. And a single kind word might be the hook God uses to pull a lost... read more




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