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Burns is our man, for a’ that

January 24th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland's greatest poet was born 261 years ago, and few Scots need reminding of the life story of Robert Burns. However, I would like to debunk a myth or two about him. His insights, into everything he saw around him in a Scotland on the edge of the Industrial Revolution, were remarkable. His was a time when the Jacobite Rising of 1745, and the defeat at Culloden in 1746, were still fresh in people’s minds. In his letter to Dr John Moore of Mauchline of August 2, 1787, Burns admitted: “The story of Wallace poured a Scottish prejudice in my veins ... continue reading.
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Fr Applejack: Christmas tale

December 23rd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In our annual Christmas short story, the late James Barclay tells the tale of an old priest who loves nothing better than Christmas Midnight Mass.... continue reading.

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2019: a good year at the chalkface for SCES

December 23rd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Barbara Coupar, director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, reflects on the good work of SCES over the last year.... continue reading.

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With freedom of speech comes responsibility and respect

December 23rd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

We must be cautious of any measure which could restrict our freedom of speech, warns James Bundy... continue reading.

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Scotland’s bishops wish you a happy, holy Christmas

December 23rd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

All eight Scottish bishops give their annual Christmas message to Catholics across the country.... continue reading.

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‘Oh come all ye Faithful, let’s keep Advent on track’

December 13th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

With the increasing commercialisation of Christmas, it’s vital to remember its true meaning, reflects Colette Cooper.... continue reading.

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Blood of the martyrs, seed of hope

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mgr Peter Magee was a serving Vatican diplomat in El Salvador when, in 1989, six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were murdered. Thirty years on, he recalls the turmoil of the times, and his visit to the murder scene.... continue reading.

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Split opinions on the body of the Church

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Division over teaching on the Eucharist has a long history which continues to this day, writes Colette Cooper.... continue reading.

The deeper significance of Lisbon Lions’ win for Scotland’s Catholic community of Irish descent

November 29th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

More than half a century after the Bhoys’ historic European Cup victory in Lisbon, Dr Joseph Bradley and Dr John Kelly examine its deeper significance for Scotland’s Irish Catholic community ... continue reading.

Meet the Catholics from across Scotland building success through Divine Renovation

November 29th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholics from 11 parishes around Scotland gathered at St Francis Xavier’s parish, Falkirk, on November 9, to share their learning and experiences of moving ‘from maintenance to mission.’ by Colette Cooper... continue reading.

Our schools can be the ‘Light of the World’

November 22nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scottish Catholic Observer editor Peter Diamond reflects upon the values which pour out of Catholic schools in Scotland and around the globe ... continue reading.

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