This weeks columns


Lent, springtime and a Church renewed

March 22nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

I love Lent. It seems strange to say it, since we’re perhaps used to thinking of Lent as a rather dreary time of delayed gratification and self-imposed misery. But I love it, not because, like Fr Ted’s Mrs Doyle, ‘maybe I like the misery!’ but because I know how much I need it, more and more every year. I remember once hearing our fallen human nature compared to a shopping trolley with a wonky wheel: basically good, but inclined to go off course and crash into things if we don’t keep an eye on it. Lent is a time to get back ... continue reading.

Dangerous’ new organ law could reduce number of donations, writes Mike Rumbles MSP

March 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Last week members of the Scottish Parliament approved by 107 votes to one the general principles of the Human Tissues (Scotland) Bill dealing with ‘presumed’ consent for organ donation. The bill was opposed by the Catholic Church, with the Church’s parliamentary officer Anthony Horan arguing that it was not ‘morally acceptable’ for organs to be taken without consent. Here the only MSP to vote against the bill explains his opposition... continue reading.


Serving on the altar bears lasting fruit

March 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Look holy and try not to faint was the advice for altar servers — but the experience has a significant impact, writes Fr Jamie McMorrin... continue reading.


The key to priestly, celibate living is found in the love of Christ

February 22nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

While there are practical arguments for living a celibate life, ultimately the key reason is found in Jesus, writes Fr Jamie McMorrin... continue reading.

A pro-life advocate holds up a rosary outside the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 27 during the annual March for Life in Washington. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff) See LIFE-MARCH-PARTICIPANTS Jan. 27, 2017.

Our culture is getting more hostile to authentic love, Faith and life

February 22nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his Letter from America, Brandon McGinley says we can create a Christian society that counters today's individualistic, profit-obsessed culture... continue reading.


Considering the priesthood? Then do not wait for a ‘lightning bolt moment’

February 15th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Finding your vocation is a journey of discernment, but God will not make that decision for you, Fr Michael Kane writes.... continue reading.


The secular zeal undermining the Sacrament of Confession

February 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

GERALD WARNER explores why the Sacrament is under threat in Australia ... continue reading.

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A priest’s collar is not a sign of power or privilege, but one of availability, service and love.

February 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr McMorrin reflects on the clothing of clergy, and how it reminds him always to be an ambassador for Christ... continue reading.

Let your Faith be an example to others

February 1st, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Through prayer and living our Faith fervently, we can help bring lapsed Catholics back to the Church, Fr Michael Kane writes.... continue reading.

Young people can rejuvenate the Church

January 25th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The green shoots of a budding faith is evident in Scotland’s parishes, chaplaincies and movements, Fr Jamie McMorrin writes.... continue reading.

The EU can be reformed by going back to its Catholic roots

January 25th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ross Ahlfeld argues that the founding ideals of the European project can be re-established... continue reading.

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