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The Ashers case: small cake, but big implications

May 4th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week, judges in the UK’s highest court considered the case of a small baking company in Northern Ireland. During the two-day hearing, the bakery put forward arguments relating to a request for a cake four years ago. Based on this information alone, you could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about. But as unlikely as it seems, this case had profound implications for the freedoms of people across the UK. Here’s some background to the case and an explanation of why it matters so much. Ashers Baking Company was sued in 2014 after politely declining an order to decorate ... continue reading.

The SCO editor looks back in his final edition

January 19th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Reflections from IAN DUNN before he leaves the paper for the final time... continue reading.


Christmas consumerism is exposed by Christ’s light

January 12th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

BRANDON MCGINLEY’s letter from America focuses on materialism... continue reading.


More questions than answers for Christmas’ curious kids

December 22nd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SALLY FRASER finds it difficult to explain to her children the magic of Santa and the mystery of God —By SALLY FRASER ... continue reading.


The wonder and awe of traditional worship

December 15th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

BRANON MCGINLEY finds the beauty of Mass leads to God —By BRANDON MCGINLEY ... continue reading.


Putting Christ back in Christmas

December 8th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

HUGH DOUGHERTY reckons Christian denominations should play consumerism at its own game —By HUGH DOUGHERTY ... continue reading.

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An oasis for those broken by abortion

December 1st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

SR AMDREA FRAILE tells of a place where grief can be expressed —By SR ANDREA FRAILE ... continue reading.

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A parliament of promiscuity and sin

November 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Hugh Dougherty says politicians have done little to stop the flouting of God’s laws - By HUGH DOUGHERTY ... continue reading.

Put down your phone and experience life

November 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

PAUL CUDDIHY looks at our need to disconnect from our smartphones and reconnect with life —By PAUL CUDDIHY ... continue reading.

Christ’s mercy touches society’s untouchables

November 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a letter from America, BRANDON MCGINLEY describes how he joined a prison retreat and found that the love of God transcended social justice —By BRANDON MCGINLEY ... continue reading.

Shedding light on the dark world of abuse

November 3rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A personal story of grooming highlights a need to strive for healing —By SALLY FRASER ... continue reading.

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