This weeks editorials


Conscience and education battles rage on

December 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Writing this before the Supreme Court rules this week on the conscientious objection to abortion case of Scottish Catholic midwives Mary Doogan and Connie Wood is difficult. It is not clear at this point whether if they will have a cause for greater celebration this Christmas or if this bitter legal battle will rage on. While it is clear under the right to conscientious objection under the Abortion Act 1967 these women should not be forced to be involved in the abortion process, the gray area around supervising staff who are involved remains. Who could have imagined when the midwives raised ... continue reading.

Unite behind social justice cry

December 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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11 MIDWIVES 2014

A week of credit and debt

November 14th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

We owe a debt of gratitude this week to the Catholic midwives who, to their credit, in spite of blanket media bias against their cause and the lengthy legal process they face, are defending their freedom of conscience case at the Supreme Court as the SCO goes to press.... continue reading.


Government’s Named Person scheme is bad for our society

October 31st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE Scottish Government policy of introducing a named person for very child in Scotland is unnecessary, unworkable and bad for society. Doubtless the laws inspiration to help and protect children is an admirable one but this is a vast over reaction.... continue reading.

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Practice, prayer and persecution

October 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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Faith is not weakened by persecution or charity

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It takes a brave person to speak up on religious injustice and persecution in the Middle East as tensions spiral, especially if that person lives in the region. It takes a wise person to identify those who need to take responsibility and action for these problems without apportioning blame or pointing fingers. Archbishop Elias Nassar is such a person.... continue reading.

A listening Church can still uphold God’s law, and love

October 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Church is not wrong in holding marriage up to be a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman that provides a safe and stable environment in which to raise a family. Anyone who wants the final outcome of the extraordinary synod on the family to be a Church admission of being wrong on that is not only misguided but is also setting themselves up for disappointment.... continue reading.

Listen carefully to Pope’s message on elder care

October 3rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

What a message sent by Pope Francis’ last weekend during his encounter with the elderly at St Peter’s Square in Rome. With Pope Emeritus Benedict looking on, the current Holy Father warned of the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a ‘hidden euthanasia’ rooted in today’s ‘poisonous’ culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.... continue reading.

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  • Catholic MP Jim Murphy selected as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
  • Kevin McKenna on why being pro-life is an uphill struggle in Scotland.
  • Fr Michael Conroy provides a timely insight into vocations and parish closures and how both will impact on parishioners.
  • Bishop Joseph Toal celebrates anniversary dedication Mass at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell.
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