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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


The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial holds a lesson for us all

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 No Comments

Peter Kearney says we must face up to the evils of religious persecution

In her moving poem On the Pulse of Morning, Maya Angelou wrote insightfully about history and humanity’s ­tendency to forget, when she said: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Her words were a powerful call to face up to... read more


Keep a space open for Catholics on a different path

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 No Comments

Young orthodox views are welcomed, but room is still needed for Catholics with a different approach, says Sally Fraser

I am getting old. Certainly, in Church terms, I have turned the corner, I am officially not young anymore. I don’t have to feel bad for being too tired to attend youth events, and I wouldn’t have been eligible to sign the two letters from young people we have seen... read more


Prophetic document could teach our politicians more about God’s loving plan

Posted on: July 27th, 2018 No Comments

By Anthony Horan, director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office

Last week, Penny Mordaunt (above), the UK Govenment’s International development secretary, told the Daily Telegraph that ‘a lack of control over their own bodies or access to reproductive healthcare including contraception’ meant girls had no hope of an education. She said it was crucial to ‘engage with faith leaders to help... read more

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