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Love in our hearts trumps others’ hate

June 23rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AS a parish secretary, I write the prayers for the weekend on Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings. Some of them I find online, some of them I make up myself. And there are ‘The Bits We Always Say’ to be written up too. I could type ‘Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord’ with my eyes closed now, or ‘we unite our prayers with Mary.’ Somewhat passive-aggressively, I now add PAUSE in bold after the call for a moment’s silent ­reflection, as if the week’s irritability ­manages to find an outlet in a place as holy as the prayers ... continue reading.

The need for truth and apologies

June 22nd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is now underway to the point where Lady Smith, the Chair, is hearing witnesses on behalf of different organisations involved in residential child care in Scotland within living memory. Many organisations within Scotland have been asked to report to the Inquiry and to give details about their involvement in such care, the Church is among them.... continue reading.


The light that shines through the dark

June 9th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After the terror attacks in England, Sr Roseann Reddy says we must value love over fear and hate... continue reading.


Let us never neglect the powerless

June 2nd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Changes in his street prompt ROSS AHLFELD to reflect on the wider world and the need for kindness... continue reading.


Now is the time for non-violence

May 26th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Many have sought peaceful solutions—and momentum is building, writes HONOR HANIA... continue reading.


A rich history of stirring stories

May 19th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

LINDEN Bicket looks back at the critically neglected tradition of Scottish Catholic writing... 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.

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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.

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