This weeks editorials


Where does Scotland stand on assisted suicide?

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced euthanasia as a ‘sin against God’—a timely warning to legislators in the UK, particularly for those in Scotland. Here two pieces of proposed legislation are currently testing our society’s protection of life—Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill and the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, launched by the late MSP Margo MacDonald and now championed by Green MSP Patrick Harvie. At the beginning of this month, a proponent of euthanasia claimed that assisted dying will be made legal in the UK ‘within two years’ Dr Kailash Chand, the deputy chairman of British Medical Association, threw his weight behind ... continue reading.
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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.


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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Acceptance and reconciliation

September 26th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

You cannot please all of the people all of the time—even within, or perhaps especially within, the Catholic community when it is as broad and as informed as our community is here in Scotland. The idea that the Scottish independence referendum would divide us as a people in Scotland and as religious communities was ‘manna from heaven’ to the secular media. While the Scottish Church stayed impartial, Scotland’s Archbishops did encourage the Catholic community to get out and vote.... 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.

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  • A total of 165 women gathered for the second annual St Margaret, Queen of Scots, ladies lunch for the joyful celebration of life and the launch of Campaign Life 2017.
  • Archbishop Leo Cushley called e religious life ‘a shining witness to the love of Christ’ during a visit to Dysart Carmel..
  • Pupils from Sr Monica’s Primary, Milton, brought the story of David and Goliath to life with an ecumenical service in Wellington Church, Glasgow, attended by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.
  • Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell celebrated Mass at St Mary’s Parish in Lanark last Friday as a hospital chaplain Sr Marguerite Ford was honoured with a Bene Merenti medal.
  • John Deighan writes—Hubble and moral trouble: The light of the Christian message.

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