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Signs of St Mungo can be found in Glasgow – if you know where to look

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 No Comments

Signs remain, High Dougherty finds, of the Catholic roots of Scotland’s largest city.

When I was a wee boy in the 1950s, I bumped into St Mungo every day. That’s because, as you waited for a Glasgow Corporation tram, trolleybus or bus, you couldn’t help noticing the saint, dressed as a bishop, looking at you as the vehicle drew up at your stop. There he... read more


Baptism is the moment a soul is changed forever

Posted on: January 11th, 2019 No Comments

Despite all the tears, gurgles and chaos, the wonderous Sacrament is a ‘gateway to all Christian life’
— By Fr Jamie McMorrin

Pope Francis, with his informal style and accessible approachability, is sometimes described as the ‘parish priest of the world’: a Pope who seems most comfortable and most happy doing the things that all priests do, albeit on a global stage. This Sunday, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the... read more


Shining a light on Christmas tradition

Posted on: December 27th, 2018 No Comments

Brandon McGinley sees the beating heart of Faith behind the seasonal commercialism.

I love candlelight at Christmastime. This hardly makes me unique, and indeed this preference is formed by decades of marketing that have created the definitive Christmas aesthetic: crackling hearths and swooping pine boughs and glistening tinsel and, yes, twinkling candlelight. But this is now our culture’s tradition of Christmas, and it... read more


A year of firsts for Catholics and MSPs

Posted on: December 27th, 2018 No Comments

Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office Anthony Horan says we should not be timid about championing our contributions to society

It has been a year of firsts for the Catholic Church and the Scottish Parliament. Mass was celebrated there during Holy Week. In November the first ever Bishops’ Conference event was held at the same time as an exhibition by the Scottish Catholic Education Service. And, during the summer, the... read more


A Christmas gift that can’t be ordered on Amazon

Posted on: December 27th, 2018 No Comments

This time of year is a great opportunity for evangelisation as people return to church, writes Fr Jamie McMorrin

A few months into my first assignment as a priest, I remember going for dinner at around this time of year to the house of an old friend. She and her husband have three children, all under five. As they greeted me at the door and asked how my week had... read more


Light a Christmas candle for Christ

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 No Comments

With public spaces rejecting Nativity cribs, displays of the real meaning of Christmas are needed in our homes, writes Fr Michael Kane.

Every year new stories emerge of town halls or public squares or shopping centres protectively neutralising themselves from the true message of Christmas. The latest to adopt this secular position was a shopping centre in Stirling which refused to put up a crib, declaring themselves to be ‘religiously neutral.’ Strangely, such... read more


LGBT issues and Catholic schools

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 No Comments

Following concerns about the teaching of LGBT matters in Catholic schools, Barbara Coupar of the Scottish Catholic Education Service addresses the Church’s implementation of the government-backed TIE campaign.

The Scottish Catholic Education Service was one of the members of the recently concluded ‘Scottish Government LGBTI Inclusive Education working group.’ In participating in this group SCES wanted to ensure that there could never again be a situation where a pupil leaves a school in Scotland, having been subjected to prejudice... read more


Time to speak out for free speech rights on campus

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 No Comments

Catherine Farrelly, president of Strathclyde Students for Life, explains why anti-abortion students’ fight for university recognition is so vital

Over the past month there have been quite a few stories about student unions at various universities censoring pro-life societies. As students at the University of Strathclyde, we had a four-year battle before our society was affiliated. The battle began when Strathclyde Catholic Association applied to the student union for funding... read more


Why we’re all banking on Faith

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 No Comments

As Christians rail against payday lenders, Ross Ahlfeld finds communities are leading the fightback.

It would be no exaggeration to say that the language used by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his recent electrifying speech to the TUC conference spoke directly to the hearts (and also to the collective memory) of Scottish Catholics. In his blistering assault on debt, Justin Welby singled out the payday... read more


We are not alone when we walk with God

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 No Comments

Clergy can, like the Apostles, argue and compete with each other—but there’s a unique value in the bond that joins priests
— By Fr Jamie McMorrin

Every year in my archdiocese we celebrate the feast of St Andrew with a gathering of clergy with the archbishop, praying together before the Blessed Sacrament and then eating a meal together. We were somewhat reduced in numbers this year—as any priest will be only too willing to tell you, ‘it’s... read more

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