This weeks national news

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Religious leaders raise concerns on assisted suicide bill with MSPs

January 30th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On Tuesday the Scottish Parliament’s health and sport committee, which is examining the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, heard from a number of religious figures who expressed their fears over the proposed legislation. They also heard from palliative care experts who said this issue was better decided in the courts. The proposed law, which is being taken forward by Green MSP Patrick Harvie (SCO interview coming next month), would allow those with terminal or life-shortening illnesses to obtain help in ending their life. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley told the SCO that ‘while compassion may motivate those who seek to permit assisted ... continue reading.

Push increases for Catholic burial for Richard III’s body

January 30th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Close to 3000 people have signed a petition calling for Richard III to be given a Catholic burial. ... continue reading.


Archbishop Tartaglia returns home after heart attack

January 27th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop of Glasgow flies back from retreat in Spain with brother bishops... continue reading.


Prayers for Archbishop Tartaglia

January 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow was admitted to hospital in Salamanca, Spain, last night after having a heart attack.... continue reading.


Named person legal challenge fails

January 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A legal challenge to block the Scottish Government’s controversial plan to have a ‘named person’ for every child has been rejected.... continue reading.


Demonstration outside Holyrood on assisted suicide as bill progresses

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The latest attempt to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland has run into difficulties as lawyers suggested it could be unworkable, while protesters made their opposition clear outside the Scottish Parliament.... continue reading.

19 Tom Clarke conscience

MP questions coalition government on midwives case

January 9th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Labour MP Tom Clarke raises concerns over right to conscientious objection with Secretary of State for Health... continue reading.

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Hundreds mourn for crash victims

January 9th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Hundreds of people have attended funeral services for people killed in the Glasgow bin lorry crash on December 22.... continue reading.

Pledges of support for the Gorsilaure Project

January 9th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A charity that has helped hundreds of orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo is to continue receiving funds despite its closure after generous Catholics vowed to continue funding the project.... continue reading.

Labour leader defends stance on abortion

January 9th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SCO EXCLUSIVE: Jim Murphy says believes painful legal issue is a matter for personal conscience, not his Church... continue reading.

St Mungo Festival celebrates Glasgow’s medieval religious roots and civic society today

January 6th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Glasgow residents and visitors have the chance to enjoy ten days of events celebrating St Mungo, the city’s patron saint, beginning on Thursday.... continue reading.

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