This weeks editorials


Practice, prayer and persecution

October 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has said that the findings and agreements (and disagreements) of this month’s extraordinary synod on the family are the starting point of a year of prayer, reflection and consolidation before next year’s world synod on the family. “It has been ‘a journey,’” he said. We can only hope it will also be a year of education, for Catholics and non Catholics alike, on the complex issues surrounding marriage, family and the Church, including annulment and the Sacraments. For Catholics, the Sacrament of marriage is created by the man and woman who enter freely into the Holy state. This Sacrament, ... continue reading.

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.


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.

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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.

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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