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Stunned by Paris attacks

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The whole of France and indeed of Europe was stunned by the murderous attacks in Paris last week. The target was the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo (Hebdo is colloquial French for ‘weekly’) and the attackers were French-born citizens. They claimed to be avenging the honour of the prophet Muhammad whom the magazine, and particularly its cartoonists, had lampooned. Unprecedented numbers took to the streets to demonstrate. France has the largest percentage of Muslims of any European country (though still only about 10 per cent), but the demonstrations were not anti-Islam. For over a century France has prized its laïcité—the secularist principle that separates ... continue reading.

Points on politicians and abortion issue

January 16th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

By Bishop John Keenan... continue reading.


Midwives: ‘Denied their basic human right to freedom of belief in the course of their employment’

December 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley (above), a Glasgow priest and former chaplain at Glasgow University, expresses disappointment and concern at today's Supreme Court ruling against Glasgow midwives Connie Wood and Mary Doogan's right to conscientiously object to supervising abortions... continue reading.


Pope Francis’s final address to synod

October 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit.... continue reading.

Bishops arrive in procession for Mass celebrated by Pope Francis to open extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family

Synod on the family: Full text of Relatio Post Disceptationem

October 13th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Interim document read to bishops taking part on Monday Oct 13 by general rapporteur, Cardinal Peter Erdo AND UPDATED TRANSLATION Oct 16... continue reading.


Find a way to uphold God’s holy purpose in marriage, in the family

October 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow gave the morning prayer at the extraordinary synod on the family in Rome on Wednesday. Below is the full text of what he said.... continue reading.

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Religious freedom in Scotland: A legal proposal

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A group of academics has called for religious freedom to be fully recognised in Scotland.... continue reading.

A central, moral issue in referendum

September 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The future of the nuclear arsenal is a debate for a Scotland that makes its own decisions, says Rennie McOwan... continue reading.

The only flag that matters in this debate is the red one

September 9th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholic MSP Elaine Smith MSP (above) on why she is voting no in the Scottish independence referendum next week... continue reading.

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