This weeks editorials


Acceptance and reconciliation

September 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Glasgow and North Lanarkshire council areas, where a high concentration of Scotland’s Catholics live, voted for independence against the vote towards keeping the UK together in the rest of the country. By and large, though, voters, activists and politicians maintained a dignified campaign in the run up to September 18, and activists, supporters, politicians and religious leaders have been gracious in accepting the result. Only the ‘lunatic fringe’ who blatantly tried to harness the result of the independence vote for their own out-of-date sectarian ends let Scotland down. “The vast majority of Scots engaged with the referendum and it is ... continue reading.

Have faith in the people of Scotland

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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Don’t put the boot into peace or freedom efforts

September 5th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It may at first seem almost superficial for football greats to be taking to the field for an interfaith match for peace at the Vatican when there is so much religious persecution and bloodshed going on in the world. ... continue reading.


Help to double your charitable efforts

August 29th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

These days everyone wants, if not needs, their discretionary income to go further. In times of austerity and crisis, those with no reserves, those in absolute poverty, suffer disproportionately. While Easter 2015 may seem a long way off (the schools are only just back from their summer break), the good news that SCIAF’s 50th anniversary Wee Box, Big Change campaign has won British government fund matching is a welcome and a much needed boost to the work of the international aid agency of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.... continue reading.


We are the jam that can hold lives together

August 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It began with a plum tree and it became the jam that held lives together. At a recent funeral the celebrant looked back on the life of a great-grandmother whose happy married life produced six children, several grandchildren and one great-grandchild for her to enjoy before she passed away last week. She had indeed led a fruitful life, simple but not necessarily without its challenges—including the loss of one daughter in infancy—and all its wonders.... continue reading.

Christian refugee rests at St. JosephÕs Church in Ankawa, Iraq

A time when the world cannot turn the other cheek

August 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The world’s attention was grabbed by the loss of innocent lives in Gaza this summer as global interest in the Holy Land prompted blanket media coverage of the increase in violence and the subsequent humanitarian crisis there. Only last week, however, did one brave SCO comment writer dare to cast the net of Christian persecution wider and call for prays and intervention in other countries in the region where the so-called Arab spring had become a winter of discontent. How tragic that the broader dangers and concerns Hugh McLoughlin pinpointed have come home to roost so dramatically in Iraq.... continue reading.


The world and God are watching us

August 8th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

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If only all battles were reserved for, and resolved in, sport

August 1st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Glasgow was full to overflowing for the Mass with Archbishop Philip Tartaglia at Sunday Mass to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. Athletes and Glasgow 2014 volunteers joined the cathedral congregation for the celebration to hear the Archbishop reflect on the links between sport and faith and the need for dedication and commitment. He also asked the international audience to pray for peace in Gaza.... continue reading.

God’s gifts are at work during Glasgow 2014

July 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THERE IS currently a great deal to celebrate in Scotland, and especially in Glasgow. ... continue reading.

Hope expiring, but faith remains

July 18th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IF YOU wish to have your Faith tested, seek peace in the Holy Land. ... continue reading.

Be proud and debate wisely ahead of independence vote

June 20th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Pope’s intervention into the debate over Scottish independence this week was timely and wise. As the Holy Father suggests, it is only right to give proper care and attention to a decision of this magnitude. Furthermore, the fact he mentioned it at all is an indication of how Scotland has captured the attention of the world. The Pope, the US president and the world’s media are all closely watching to see how the referendum campaign plays out.... continue reading.

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  • Archbishop Leo Cushley celebrates the Red Mass for the legal profession at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
  • Reconciliation service in Edinburgh follows post-referendum violence in Glasgow’s George Square.
  • UK’s Christian leaders speak out against Trident.
  • Senior secondary school pupils sign up in great numbers for Caritas Award programme.
  • Scottish authors launch book Reclaiming the Piazza: Catholic Education as a Cultural Project in Rome.

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