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Dangerous’ new organ law could reduce number of donations, writes Mike Rumbles MSP

Posted on: March 8th, 2019 No Comments

Last week members of the Scottish Parliament approved by 107 votes to one the general principles of the Human Tissues (Scotland) Bill dealing with ‘presumed’ consent for organ donation. The bill was opposed by the Catholic Church, with the Church’s parliamentary officer Anthony Horan arguing that it was not ‘morally acceptable’ for organs to be taken without consent. Here the only MSP to vote against the bill explains his opposition

Last week, I was the one MSP who voted against the Human Tissues (Scotland) Bill, and while there were two MSPs who abstained and 18 absent from the chamber, every other MSP allowed the bill to proceed. This means the new bill now goes to the health committee where amendments can... read more


Serving on the altar bears lasting fruit

Posted on: March 8th, 2019 No Comments

Look holy and try not to faint was the advice for altar servers — but the experience has a significant impact, writes Fr Jamie McMorrin

Last weekend, our altar servers, new recruits and experienced veterans alike, were put through their paces at altar server basic training. Together with the monsignor, I did my best to play the role of stony-faced drill instructor: there were no press-ups or pull-ups, but countless bows and genuflections; no 20-mile hikes... read more


The key to priestly, celibate living is found in the love of Christ

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 No Comments

While there are practical arguments for living a celibate life, ultimately the key reason is found in Jesus, writes Fr Jamie McMorrin

St Valentine’s day is not a big fixture in the social calendars of most priests. Last Thursday, while the candle-lit tables of Edinburgh’s restaurants filled up with couples, the shop windows fitted out with displays of varying good taste and the local florists enjoyed a roaring trade in red roses,... read more

A pro-life advocate holds up a rosary outside the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 27 during the annual March for Life in Washington. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff) See LIFE-MARCH-PARTICIPANTS Jan. 27, 2017.

Our culture is getting more hostile to authentic love, Faith and life

Posted on: February 22nd, 2019 No Comments

In his Letter from America, Brandon McGinley says we can create a Christian society that counters today’s individualistic, profit-obsessed culture

It’s been a hard few months for Catholic public witness in America. A social media mob, abetted by a credulous mainstream press, churned up a tempest of contempt for Catholic high school boys at the national pro-life march for a regrettable, but complex and ultimately trivial, incident with an indigenous... read more


Considering the priesthood? Then do not wait for a ‘lightning bolt moment’

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 No Comments

Finding your vocation is a journey of discernment, but God will not make that decision for you, Fr Michael Kane writes.

Class visits within any secondary school can be a daunting task. One of the techniques I’ve found helpful is to organise ‘ask the priest’ sessions. This gives pupils an opportunity to ask the priest anything they like and most pupils seem to relish the opportunity. Such Q&A sessions are predictable after a... read more


The secular zeal undermining the Sacrament of Confession

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 No Comments

GERALD WARNER explores why the Sacrament is under threat in Australia

IN a global environment where Catholics are martyred for their Faith almost daily and Western governments pursue an aggressively anti-Christian agenda, it should come as no shock to discover that yet another front has been opened in secularism’s relentless war on the Church. This time the target is one of... read more


A priest’s collar is not a sign of power or privilege, but one of availability, service and love.

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 by James Farrell No Comments

Fr McMorrin reflects on the clothing of clergy, and how it reminds him always to be an ambassador for Christ

Recently, I made a trip to Ikea with our parish Sister to purchase some kitchen supplies for the parish hall. Sister happens to come from Sweden, and so she was rather more excited about the prospect of making a patriotic pilgrimage to her nation’s most famous Scottish outpost than I... read more


Let your Faith be an example to others

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 No Comments

Through prayer and living our Faith fervently, we can help bring lapsed Catholics back to the Church, Fr Michael Kane writes.

Recently I wrote on these pages about the urgency of promoting a sound Catholic ethos in our schools. In truth, however, so much of our concerns focus on the Catholicity of our homes and families. This is the perennial question for most Catholics of a certain generation. I frequently find myself in... read more


Young people can rejuvenate the Church

Posted on: January 25th, 2019 No Comments

The green shoots of a budding faith is evident in Scotland’s parishes, chaplaincies and movements, Fr Jamie McMorrin writes.

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of young people from all across the world will converge on Panama to take part in the 31st World Youth Day. You probably won’t read about it in the mainstream media, but these events are remarkable by any measure. An initiative of Pope St John Paul... read more


The EU can be reformed by going back to its Catholic roots

Posted on: January 25th, 2019 No Comments

Ross Ahlfeld argues that the founding ideals of the European project can be re-established

In last week’s SCO, James Bundy laid out his rationale for backing Brexit and it is indeed important that we consider and debate the full range of political opinions from across the full spectrum of Scottish Catholicism—we are of course a broad Church. Yet, while there is no single Christian position... read more

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