Rt Rev Paul Butler

Anglican bishop: Cardinals blocking Pope Francis move on gay and divorced Catholics ‘unaware’ of real life

Cardinals closeted in the Vatican are holding out against Pope Francis’s drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people and divorcees because of a “lack of awareness” of real life, a leading Anglican bishop has suggested. The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, one of a handful of non-Roman […]

Little Sisters of the Poor to leave Dundee care home

The Little Sisters of the Poor have announced they will be leaving Dundee in 2015 due to a lack of new nuns joining the order. The existing members feel “unable to continue their mission” at the Wellburn Care Home, which they operate. Negotiations to find a new operator for the care home are ongoing. The […]

 10 ways Christians can engage with Halloween

10 ways Christians can engage with Halloween

October 31 is a tricky one for Christians. For some, it’s a bit of light-hearted fun and an excuse to eat an absurd amount of sweets. For others, it signifies something darker. Whatever your thoughts, it’s good to be prepared and to engage with what’s going on in your community, so Christian Today has put […]

Rev Angus Smith

BBC documentary: Does the Sabbath still exist on the isle of Lewis?

The isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides is said to be the last place in Britain where the fourth commandment – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy – is still strictly observed. But how has modern life changed attitudes to the Lord’s Day on this island of 20,000 people? They used to […]

Catholic Church is invited to celebrate the Orange Order

Catholic Church is invited to celebrate the Orange Order

The Orange Order has offered an unprecedented invitation to the Catholic Church to attend an event celebrating its heritage and culture. The organisation, whose existence is based on the military victory by the Protestant King William Of Orange over forces led by the Catholic King James II more than 300 years ago, is planning a […]

Ruth Gledhill

One in 50 Anglican clergy don’t believe in God: Scottish Episcopalians are ‘most sceptical’

One in 50 Anglican clergy in the UK believes God is merely a human construct, according to a new survey today. Just eight in ten believe there is a personal God and a further three in 100 believe there is some spirit or life force, writes Ruth Gledhill. And in spite of two millennia of […]

Rev Lezley Stewart

Historic Edinburgh church confirms support for LGBTI inclusivity

An Edinburgh congregation has “come out” in support of LGBTI inclusivity. Greyfriars Kirk, situated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, has confirmed it wishes to become an “affirming congregation” within the Church of Scotland. Affirmation Scotland, an organisation within the Church aiming to “affirm the place of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians in The Church of […]

Glasgow Cathedral

Unholy row over bid to charge admission fee at Glasgow Cathedral

Visitors to historic Glasgow Cathedral will be charged an admission fee from April next year. A petition criticising the decision has already been signed by more than 600 people. And city council leader Gordon Matheson has now written to Historic Scotland’s chief executive asking that the decision be scrapped. The petition, a link to which […]

Kirk's scheme to keep old active looks like a winner

Kirk’s scheme to keep old active looks like a winner

There is nothing new about trying to keep older people active, especially in care homes. Music, “chairobics”, quizzes and singalongs are all staples, but one of the most regular complaints from residents and relatives of those in residential care for the elderly is about days spent without stimulation. So a new business offering a package […]

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Vatican call for Church to welcome gay people did not go ‘far enough’

Pope Francis’s drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people will not be halted by a backlash from conservative bishops, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric has insisted. Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that he believed a declaration by a global gathering of bishops to discuss family issues, which was rejected by many […]

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