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12-PARENTS

We need a society that supports parents and celebrates children

Posted on: September 1st, 2017 by Ian Dunn No Comments

Nearly a quarter of a million children in Scotland live in poverty. It’s not the deprivation you see in some parts of the world, but it is real.

Nearly a quarter of a million children in Scotland live in poverty. It’s not the deprivation you see in some parts of the world, but it is real. By age of five the vocabulary of children from wealthy families is 13 months ahead of those from poor ­families. Three year... read more


12-THOMSON

Lecture on equality from millionaire banker rings false

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by Ian Dunn No Comments

This week’s editorial leader
– BY IAN DUNN

Let us be clear—the Catholic Church should have more women in leadership roles. Barbara Coupar at the Scottish Catholic Education Service, Tina Campbell at the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service and Ann Tierney, the chancellor of Galloway Diocese, should be followed by others. There are huge numbers of women in the Church... read more


13-CHARLIE-GARD-FIGHT

Questions for the media and state over Charlie Gard case

Posted on: July 28th, 2017 by Ian Dunn No Comments

Barring a miracle, by the time you read this, Charlie Gard will be dead.

Barring a miracle, by the time you read this, Charlie Gard will be dead. His parents’ decision to drop their court case, pushing for the right to take him for experimental treatment in America mean that people around the world will mourn this child this weekend. It is a case... read more


12-CARITAS-2016

Scotland’s young Catholics give us hope for the future

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 No Comments

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It is easy to be depressed about the state of the Catholic Church in Scotland. Many churches that once burst at the seems on a ­Sunday now have more empty pews than not. Others have been closed altogether. Outside, the wider world is at best apathetic, at worst hostile. The wider... read more


12-MANCHESTER-ATTACK

Prayers for Manchester and Barra

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 No Comments

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The news out of Manchester this week is hard to comprehend. Young, happy people at a pop concert, attacked in the most savage way possible. Much can and will be said about terrorism, about religion, about integration, but it evaporates before the huge, all enveloping, grief of the families affected. In... read more


12-SSVP

Scotland should be proud of the work of Catholic charities

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 No Comments

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THE statistics revealed by the SCO about the vast extent of the work done by the SSVP are extraordinary but they are not surprising. If you’ve had any contact with them at all, you’ll know that their conferences are full of men and women who go above and beyond, day... read more


11-POPE

Give serious consideration to Pope’s words on Confession

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 No Comments

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THE Pope’s call for priests to offer Confession whenever it is asked for may cause a groan among some of the clergy. Our priests are few and they are hideously overworked. Every day there are more demands on their time. Often set Confession times are the only plausible option. Yet the... read more


11-DREHER

There is a self-evident need for stronger communities in Christ

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 No Comments

Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is a book every Christian in Scotland should read.

Many may disagree with much of it. His prescription that renewal of the Faith requires withdrawal from the world can be contested. But his central diagnosis, that we are living in a post-Christian world and we need to find ways to resist that world or be absorbed by it, is... read more


12-HOLY-ROOD

SNP MP needs to publicly praise his local Catholic schools

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 No Comments

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Scottish National Party MP Tommy Sheppard’s comments on secular education will disturb many Catholic parents. Those with children at the excellent Catholics schools in his constituency, such as Holy Rood High and St John’s Primary, will question whether he will really be a champion for those schools and their pupils... read more


11-LENT

Embrace prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lent

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 No Comments

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As we enter Lent, it is worth considering the three pillars of Lenten observance: Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Of course, as Christians we should be praying anyway, yet all too often it becomes rote for many of us. This Lent we should resolve to strengthen our prayers, to pray more... read more




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