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‘We are trapped in a hostility towards migrants that sees them only as a threat to be controlled’

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 No Comments

Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, explains how faith can help refugees overcome harrowing experiences

In the UK, people are incarcerated indefinitely, in prison-like conditions, for the purposes of immigration control. Many of these have come to the UK to seek safety, but fallen foul of a notoriously arbitrary asylum system, blighted by a culture of disbelief. Detention is a profoundly traumatic experience. Torture victims... read more


Politics is in trouble and as Christians this must concern us deeply

Posted on: May 17th, 2019 No Comments

Dr Robert Doherty says gifted Catholic women and men are needed to carry the leaven of Catholic social doctrine into the political sphere

If I asked you to think about politics do the shutters come down? This would be a very understandable reaction today. Brexit fatigue is widespread and has contributed to an accumulated reservoir of frustration and anger towards our elected politicians. Opinion polls on trusted professions put doctors, teachers and judges... read more


‘Women who have had an abortion need love and support’

Posted on: March 29th, 2019 No Comments

By Clare Bremner

Thirty years ago women who had struggled after abortion and wanted to help other women and their families, as well as spread the truth about abortion, started ARCH, the Abortion Recovery Care Helpline. Today ARCH offers counselling and support to anyone affected by abortion mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings and healthcare... read more


Pope’s visit signals a new era in the Gulf

Posted on: February 15th, 2019 No Comments

Andrew McFadyen reflects on Pope Francis’ visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates last week was a historic moment for Christians in the Middle East. No previous pontiff has ever been invited to set foot in the birthplace of Islam. This is a part of the world where many Christians are threatened by violence and... read more


Is the pro-life movement in America too aligned with hypocritical politicians?

Posted on: February 14th, 2019 by Daniel Harkins No Comments

Following January’s March for Life in Washington, Ben Smith argues that embracing Donald Trump may be counterproductive to the pro-life cause.

THE 46th annual ‘March for Life’ rally was held in Washington DC on ­January 18 this year. The ­gathering was attended by thousands from across the world, including from ­Scotland. The March for Life organisation describes its vision as having ‘a world where the beauty and dignity of every human... read more

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Coorie in to beat the winter darkness

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 No Comments

Clare M Fodey surveys an icy landscape to find the simple things that keep us warm at heart

Well, how was January for you? Was it a Dry January, Veganuary, or a ‘New Year, new you’ courtesy of your local gym or slimming club? Has an attack of de-cluttering taken you over as part of a very early spring clean? Now that the Christmas decorations are a memory, the nights... read more


Teachers should be free to share Catholic theology

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 No Comments

Pauline Gallagher, an RE teacher in Glasgow Archdiocese, argues that LGBT guidelines make it difficult to keep teaching true to the Gospel

AS a dedicated RE teacher in a Catholic school in Glasgow Archdiocese, I want to share fully the Church’s teaching and the Gospel with my pupils. In Scotland today, as the authorities prepare to embed LGBT-inclusive education across the curriculum, those who disagree with the unquestioned promotion of the LGBT... read more


Cromwell ordered priests to be clubbed to death and massacred the Irish—his statue has no place at Westminster

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 No Comments

Labour MP Stephen Pound writes following a heated debate surrounding a bust of Cromwell at the UK parliament.

There has been a very large amount of publicity recently concerning the hard metal bust of Oliver Cromwell that was positioned just outside the Members’ tea room in the House of Commons. Since last summer, the glowering presence of the Lord Protector was regularly turned to face the wall in what... read more


A pro-immigration argument for Brexit

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 No Comments

Leaving the EU is good for trade, immigration and the poor, argues James Bundy

I do not remember June 24, 2016, very well. I had been up for more than 50 consecutive hours as I had been planning and then participating in leafleting and canvassing for Vote Leave, as well as attending the national count in Falkirk. But while my mind was immensely numb... read more


Time to be more positive about the joys of priesthood

Posted on: December 21st, 2018 No Comments

Preaching at a friend’s silver jubilee, Fr Frank Dougan found himself counting the blessings of his vocation

A while ago a friend asked me to preach at the Mass to celebrate his 25th anniversary of ordination. Suitably flattered, I agreed straight away, but the nearer the day came the more I realised I wasn’t entirely sure what to say. The only instruction he gave me was not... read more

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