This weeks editorials


Have faith in the people of Scotland

September 19th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This morning Scotland, and the rest of the world, woke up to the result of the Scottish independence referendum. A historic day. Regardless of the outcome, we remain, by and large, Scottish and, the majority of the readers of the SCO remain Catholic (no disrespect to our friends of other faiths). So has the world changed? Perhaps. Has it spun off its axis? Let’s hope not. There has been a great deal of talk about the need for reconciliation after the referendum ballot as, depending on the outcome, as many as close to half of the electorate will not have ... continue reading.

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.

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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.

Will the peacemaking Pope visit an evolving Scotland?

June 13th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

We would be blessed indeed to be visited here in Scotland by three consecutive Popes. That is the hope though, after Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow invited Pope Francis to come to the city next year to mark the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Jesuit St John Ogilvie, who was executed at Glasgow Cross on March 10 1615.... continue reading.

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  • Emeritus Professor Sir Tom Devine bears witness to a silent revolution in Scotland.
  • Kevin McKenna on reconciliation after September 18: Politics can help us change things but we only through Jesus can peace prevail.
  • Bishop Noel Treanor’s reaction to the death of former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley.
  • A champion musician from St Ninian’s High, Giffnock, is to perform during An Afternoon with Our Lady at Blessed John Duns Scotus, Gorbals, on Sunday September 21.
  • The congregation of Our Lady of Consolation, Govanhill, were joined with Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow in saying goodbye to their church of 43 years.

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