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Holding Catholic beliefs could become a hate crime in Scotland, Church warns

March 22nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The comments come in the Church’s submission to a Scottish Government consultation on hate crime legislation. The consultation follows Lord Bracadale’s report on hate crime in Scotland which was released last year and suggested changes to legislation. In its response, the Church stressed that freedom of belief and religion must be upheld. The consultation, which closed to responses in February, asked if respondents agreed with Lord Bracadale’s recommendation that ‘there should be a protection of freedom of expression provision for offences concerning the stirring up of hatred.’ In its response, the Church said that the ‘fundamental right to freedom of expression, as detailed ... continue reading.

Church rejects proposed ‘sectarianism’ legislation

March 22nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Unnecessary’ hate crime proposals that are currently being considered by the government could undermine relations between different Christian denominations in Scotland, the Church has said.... continue reading.


Say a prayer for the men hoping to be ordained as priests in 2019

March 15th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Increase in expected ordination numbers welcomed by vocations directors... continue reading.


Plans for St Ogilvie memorial move ahead as feast day marked

March 15th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Rosary at the site of the planned memorial took place on March 10 to commemorate the saint.... continue reading.


Church establishes yearly Day of Prayer for victims of abuse

March 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Bishops of Scotland have established A Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse, to be marked on the Friday following Ash Wednesday.... continue reading.


City centre parishes concerned over plan to charge for Sunday street parking

March 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholic parishes in Glasgow city centrehave expressed concern at plans unveiled by the local authority that will see Mass-goers charged to park on the street.... continue reading.


Council review as figures show 189 orange marches in 2018

March 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

There were 189 Orange marches in Glasgow in 2018, the local council announced as it pledged to set-up a working group to review its policy on parades.... continue reading.

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Archbishop distributes ashes to MSPs and staff at the Scottish Parliament

March 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On Ash Wednesday, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese, paid a visit to Holyrood to mark the start of Lent, the journey towards Easter.... continue reading.

Organ donation bill labelled ‘morally unacceptable’ by the Church takes a step towards becoming law

March 1st, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

MSPs have approved a bill to assume organ donation consent from patients rather than seek explicit approval, a move the Church says is 'morally unacceptable' ... continue reading.

Scotland’s bishops renew apology to victims following Vatican summit on abuse

March 1st, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Scotland’s bishops have renewed their apology to victims of abuse as they welcomed Pope Francis’ vow to tackle the issue in the Church.... continue reading.

Priest ‘saddened’ at return of ‘business as usual’ Orange marching season as bigot is jailed for 10 months

February 28th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A priest who was attacked outside his church as an Orange walk went past has said he is ‘saddened’ that Scotland has returned to ‘business as usual’ with the return of the marching season.... continue reading.

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