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A rich history of stirring stories

May 19th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

LAST winter, Martin Scorsese’s masterful historical epic Silence brought Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name to the big screen. This mesmerising drama follows the mission of two 17th-century Jesuit priests from Portugal to Japan, where they search for their missing mentor under threat of execution by the violently anti-Christian Tokugawa shogunate. Mr Scorsese’s film has introduced a whole new generation to the power of the Catholic imagination to create gripping tales of sin, sex, and salvation. Especially striking is this film’s (and the original novel’s) depiction of underground Christianity in the ‘mudwamp’ of Japan. Alongside the morally ambiguous ... continue reading.

Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past

May 12th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters.... continue reading.


Please stop ‘playground politics’

May 12th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

ANTHONY HORAN despairs at the childish level of political debate in the election campaigns... continue reading.


The Uncomfortable assumptions behind Netflix’s new suicide drama

May 5th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AMANDA CONNELLY critiques the video streaming site’s controversial latest mystery teen series 13 Reasons Why... continue reading.


Escape from the madding crowd

April 28th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

NIALL GOOCH says that we should all be receptive to listening to the ‘still, small voice of calm’... continue reading.


Will the exceptions to the rule lead to eliminating the rule altogether?

April 21st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the second part of a series on Pope Francis’ controversial Amoris Laetitia, Mgr Peter Magee looks at how, for some bishops, the division on the exhortation is one of doctrine and not just discipline... continue reading.


Last Rites at my husband’s bedside

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DOROTHY CUMMINGS MCLEAN reflects on the most harrowing Lent she has ever experienced... continue reading.

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Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of Love’ has sparked a battle over its interpretation

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

— In the first part of a series on Amoris Laetitia and questions around the admission of the divorced and remarried to the Sacraments, leading canon lawyer Mgr Peter Magee outlines three approaches taken to the apostolic exhortation and looks for answers in the Holy Father’s letter to Argentinian bishops ... continue reading.

It’s time to register your status

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Immigration lawyer Jamie Kerr urges European Catholics living in Scotland to make sure their legal status here is secure.... continue reading.

Beware of our ‘cry baby culture’

April 7th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JAMIE MCGOWAN fears that our universities are clamping down on freedom of expression and debate... continue reading.

I’ve got a confession to make…

April 7th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It would be a good idea for priests to listen to our sins online via Skype, HUGH DOUGHERTY says... continue reading.

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