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Abortion and Forgiveness: What is Pope Francis really saying?

September 11th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It was a surprise to see on the news recently that, during the forthcoming Year of Mercy, the Pope had given priests ‘permission to absolve from the sin of abortion’.  Surely they had that already? But the impression given was that hitherto abortion had been a kind of unforgivable sin. Now, or at least during the Year of Mercy, it would be possible for those who had had an abortion to be absolved by the Church—a novelty not available before. This is a reminder of how far we have to go in making our (sometimes complex) Catholic beliefs and practices ... continue reading.

The Scottish Church after McLellan

August 28th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

By Professor John Haldane... continue reading.


MSPs are losing my religion over dignity of life

June 5th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IAN DUNN watched Scottish parliamentarians rise to great heights in the recent assisted suicide debate and vote, and noticed some fall to an all-time low over a lack of understanding of religion... continue reading.


God’s love is in your daily headlines

May 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

We have and need our Catholic press, but the secular media is not an enemy of the Church, writes KEVIN McKENNA... continue reading.


Some are more equal than others

April 3rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

By Michael McGrath... continue reading.


Fight for Catholic community school

March 20th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Will the local council, Government, education officials or the Church help St Joseph’s, Milngavie, asks Kevin McKenna... continue reading.

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  • SCO EXCLUSIVE: Bishop John Keenan of Paisley says the World Meeting of Families was an eye opener.
  • Cross-party group on religious freedom set up in the Scottish Parliament with the help of Aid to the Church in Need.
  • Strong support at National Assembly of Catholic School Parents.
  • Permanent deacon ordained for Dunkeld Diocese at vocations Mass.
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