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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


A period poverty campaign victory inspired by St Thérèse

Posted on: July 20th, 2018 No Comments

Erin Slaven writes on how a saint’s example led Celtic FC to provide women with free sanitary products

It would be silly to claim that I am the only Catholic with a devotion to St Thérèse. The Little Flower of Jesus is widely adored within our Faith—and beyond. After reading her autobiographical writings, I couldn’t help but feel that I could almost relate to her. I don’t mean... read more


Scottish links will aid new Melbourne Archbishop as he takes on troubled diocese

Posted on: July 20th, 2018 No Comments

HUGH MCLOUGHLIN on the new archbishop of Melbourne, a former student of St Andrews University

When it was announced from the Vatican on Friday June 29, that the much-troubled Catholic Church in Australia had been given a new leader in Melbourne, it quickly became evident that the appointee, 54-year-old bishop of Broken Bay Peter Andrew Comensoli, had a strong Scottish connection. By coincidence, on the day... read more


The Ashers case: small cake, but big implications

Posted on: May 4th, 2018 No Comments

The Christian Institute’s James Gillies looks at a troubling decision – By James Gillies

This week, judges in the UK’s highest court considered the case of a small baking company in Northern Ireland. During the two-day hearing, the bakery put forward arguments relating to a request for a cake four years ago. Based on this information alone, you could be forgiven for wondering what all... read more


The SCO editor looks back in his final edition

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 by Ian Dunn No Comments

Reflections from IAN DUNN before he leaves the paper for the final time

Just over a decade ago a gangly young man nervously walked into the warren-like Observer offices. The then-editor, a fearsome old beast from the glory days of Scottish tabloid journalism, tossed a CV back over his desk. “You look like a middle-class [insult unprintable in a Catholic paper] but we’ll give... read more


Christmas consumerism is exposed by Christ’s light

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 No Comments

BRANDON MCGINLEY’s letter from America focuses on materialism

Winter is thought to be the season of darkness, but it’s a little more complicated than that. There is in fact no noontime brighter than a January noontime, with no foliage to absorb the sunshine that comes both from above and from below, as the light reflects off snow and... read more


More questions than answers for Christmas’ curious kids

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 No Comments

SALLY FRASER finds it difficult to explain to her children the magic of Santa and the mystery of God

Parenting is, of course, always full of difficult questions. My children have progressed over the years from the dull and repeated ‘what’s the difference between a caravan and a campervan?’ to the abstract ‘what’s the opposite of a shark?’ to the highly topical ‘is Mr Mugabe nicer or meaner than... read more

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