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A constitutional Act of anti-Catholic bigotry

July 12th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Act of Settlement 1701 is one of the most controversial, yet significant, components of the British Constitution (yes, the United Kingdom does have a constitution). The motivation behind the Act of Settlement, which bars Catholics from becoming king or queen, was to preserve the Protestant succession of the British throne. In the 21st century, religion is no longer central to the political debate, but in 17th century Britain this was the norm. To understand why the Act of Settlement was introduced, one must understand the political debate in England in the 1600s. The Stuart monarchy believed in the notion of divine ... continue reading.
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Meet the five men ordained to the priesthood this week

July 5th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Amanda Connelly and Peter Diamond caught up with Scotland's newest clergy to learn of their journeys to the priesthood.... continue reading.


The great sacrifice behind The Lord of the Rings

June 28th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Giuseppe Pezzini examines the Catholicism in The Lord of the Rings, a ‘fundamentally religious and Catholic work,’ and explains how the writer’s Faith was bought at the cost of his mother’s sacrifice.... continue reading.


A life lived in devotion to Jesus

June 28th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mairi Clunas is a parishioner of St John’s Church, Portobello and one of the few ‘consecrated virgins’ in St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese. Last month she celebrated the 30th anniversary of her consecration. In this article, she describes how she was drawn to this unusual but important vocation.... continue reading.


A fearless Faith: The Secret seminary of Scalan

June 21st, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

— More than 300 years since its formation, Fr Michael Briody tells the story of how priests were trained at Scalan when Catholicism was outlawed, government troops destroyed seminaries and the faithful spoke in code words.... continue reading.


Celtic Minded: faith and football in Parkhead

June 14th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The unique origins of Scotland’s most successful football club continue to have resonance in a country where anti-Catholic and anti-Irish sentiment remain fixtures in public discourse, concealed under the label of sectarianism. Here, we feature four excerpts from Celtic Minded 4, the fourth volume in a series edited by Dr Joseph Bradley, which looks at the football club, historical bigotry, European pilgrimage, and how Faith and football can provide hope amid abject despair. ... continue reading.


The saints who shape our communities: St Roch’s FC and support for refugees.

June 7th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the latest in his series, Ross Ahlfeld recalls his grandmother’s devotion as a cord-bearer, the centrality of women in nurturing the Faith, and how a saint influenced a message to immigrant at a city sports ground.... continue reading.

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What does Caritas mean to you? How the award scheme for pupils is inspiring greatness

May 31st, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Previous Caritas winners and Caritas coordinators reflect on the award that inspires generations of Catholic to greatness.... continue reading.

Pilgrim’s progress: the HCPT volunteers giving disadvantaged children the Lourdes trip of a lifetime

May 24th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Peter Diamond reveals the trials, tribulations and ultimately the rewards, of taking on the role of leader with an HCPT group of helpers and children travelling to Lourdes at Easter last month.... continue reading.

Streets ahead: The charity helping Venezuelan refugees in Columbia

May 17th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a special report, Ryan McDougall speaks to the priest who founded a charity to help destitute children and discovers why he is now striving to help refugees arriving in Columbia.... continue reading.

The shockingly everyday story of slavery on Scotland’s streets

May 10th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Frances Gallagher explains how, after working on a film to highlight human trafficking, she came face-to-face with the issue in a Glasgow church porch.... continue reading.

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