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Bishop ‘very disappointed’ in First Minister

December 5th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley has said that he is ‘very disappointed' in First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after she announced she would consider offering NHS abortions in Scotland to women living in Northern Ireland. ‘If the Irish choose to respect life, who are we to say we know better!’ Bishop Keenan said. ‘Apart from anything else it is surely only right to respect the democratic will of the Northern Irish people and the decision of the Northern Ireland Assembly.’ This comes after Jim Wells, a senior member of the DUP which governs Nothern Ireland, told the SCO the first minister comments ... continue reading.

Scots urged to love the poor at launch of poverty project

December 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Cushley announces new initiative to help the marginalised... continue reading.


Bishop’s support for stranded sailors

December 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen has been helping to minister to a crew of a ship that has been detained in Aberdeen for months over non-payment of sailors’ wages. ... continue reading.


Archbishop receives Year of Mercy letter from Pope

November 25th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Cushley represented world bishops at closure of Holy Year... continue reading.


Northern Irish backlash for Sturgeon over abortion access

November 25th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A senior Northern Irish politician has said Nicola Sturgeon should ‘leave well alone’ after announcing she would consider giving Northern Irish women free access to NHS abortions in Scotland.... continue reading.


Exciting new Scottish app to find Mass launches in Rome

November 22nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The world’s first interactive, GPS-powered, Holy Mass and Confession finder app, which was developed in Scotland has been launched in Rome. ... continue reading.


Scots urged to speak out against abortion ‘gendercide’

November 18th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A leading bioethical researcher is to visit Scotland this weekend to warn that the world is facing a ‘gendercide’ of abortion of female babies. ... continue reading.

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Brexit could complicate Irish peace process, Bishop says

November 11th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Brexit could cause complications to the Irish peace process, the Bishop of Limerick said during a visit to Scotland.... continue reading.

Galloway prepares for funerals without priests

November 4th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Galloway Diocese is training up laity to carry out funeral services without a priest. ... continue reading.

Church denies claim it is failing to implement McLellan report

November 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Church has strongly rejected claims they are being slow to implementing the McLellan Commission’s report into safeguarding children from abuse.... continue reading.

Political parties support SCO dementia campaign

October 28th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland’s politicians have united to support the SCO’s campaign to make our parishes more dementia friendly. ... continue reading.

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