This week's opinions


Give serious consideration to Pope’s words on Confession

March 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE Pope’s call for priests to offer Confession whenever it is asked for may cause a groan among some of the clergy. Our priests are few and they are hideously overworked. Every day there are more demands on their time. Often set Confession times are the only plausible option. Yet the power of Sacrament is undiminished. All of us are sinners, all of us need to repent. It may be they do not see the demand, but there is certainly the need. In the words of Pope Francis: “Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to Confession?’ ... continue reading.

Lent is a time of penance… but penance with a purpose

March 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

But why does Ash Wednesday and giving something up for Lent generate anti-Catholic rhetoric, asks JOE MCGRATH ... continue reading.


There is a self-evident need for stronger communities in Christ

March 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option is a book every Christian in Scotland should read.... continue reading.


The little exchanges, good and bad, of priestly life

March 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS reflects on two very different encounters with children, and on the comfort of St Joseph — Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


Brushing away the dirt unveils hidden treasure

March 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A curious discovery in the garden has THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS reflecting on the beauty in us that only God can see — Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


The Media ignores Christian suffering

March 10th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

BISHOP JOHN KEENAN highlights the secular media’s bias against covering the persecution of Christians and looks for explanations... continue reading.

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Embrace prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lent

March 3rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week’s editorial leader... continue reading.

Not enough hours in the day? Or just too much to fit in?

March 3rd, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

EMILY MURTAGH takes time to reflect ... continue reading.

Like the Tardis, the heart of a Christian is bigger on the inside

February 24th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS juggles Doctor Who, popes, and ecumenalism - by Fr John Bollan... continue reading.

The great rewards of teaching RE

February 17th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Josephine Hughes, RE advisor for SCES, on a unique challenge to the world of league tables and statistics... continue reading.

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