Roman Catholic Church

Following in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims along the Whithorn Way

As the summer months roll in, many are booking up trips and jet-setting off in favour of sunnier climes—a bid to unwind and relax, taking some much-needed rest from the stresses of everyday life, writes Amanda Connelly. Yet while some are away to explore foreign lands, one pilgrimage group and trust are combining their efforts […]

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Catholic Church backs single sex school challenge

A challenge to the status of Scotland’s last remaining state-funded single sex school has been backed by the Catholic Church. Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia said a formal consultation on the future of the all-girl Notre Dame High School would be a “positive step forward so that all the school communities which have an interest […]

Bishop Stephen Robson

Bishop Stephen Robson: We must fight the ‘culture of death’

Each year, around the Feast of the Visitation of our Lady, the Catholic Church in Scotland celebrates the Day for Life, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage, and in every condition. Human life is a sacred and precious gift from God and must be […]

Secularist leader on Orange Order and Benedictines' Buckfast: 'a delicious irony'

Secularist leader on Orange Order and Benedictines’ Buckfast: ‘a delicious irony’

Letter to the Sunday Herald, 9 July 2017: Peter Swindon’s report (Bloodshed, drunkenness and triumphalism: the Orange Order on the streets of Scotland, Eyewitness, July 2) on the Orange Order parades that took place over last weekend contains a statement to the effect that some march supporters were drinking Buckfast straight from the bottle as […]

Head of teacher union turns fire on Catholic schools

The leader of Scotland’s biggest teachers’ union has spoken out against the system that allows the Catholic Church to approve the appointment of teachers based on their religion. Larry Flanagan, the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland trade union, said: “We are not in favour of the current operation of approval by the […]

Bishop John Keenan

Recruitment to Roman Catholic priesthood in Scotland hits 20-year high

The number of priestly ordinations in Scotland has hit a 20-year high, with 12 this year. The last year with 12 Scottish ordinations was 1997 and Bishop John Keenan, President of Priests for Scotland, said: “It is great news to see the biggest number of ordinations to the priesthood for over two decades. “On top […]

Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office

Children facing bullying over pro-marriage and pro-life views in Scotland

School children are being verbally attacked for believing in traditional marriage and upholding the life of the unborn, MSPs have been told. Numerous accounts – including one girl being told she ‘wasn’t a real woman’ because she did not support abortion – were revealed by the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. Another student was told […]

Book giant HarperCollins’ rates link to controversial Scots charity Scotia Aid revealed

Scandal-hit charity Scotia Aid “saved” a multi-national book giant hundreds of thousands of pounds in rates payments to a Scottish council, it emerged today. HarperCollins avoided paying up to £1.5m thanks to a loophole in the law that allowed firms to save money on business rates if their buildings were used for “charitable purposes”. However, […]

Catholic church’s anti-bullying strategy sent to Scottish Labour leader

Catholic church’s anti-bullying strategy sent to Scottish Labour leader

The director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan, has sent a copy of the Catholic church’s anti-bullying strategy to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, after a controversial Tweet in which she suggested “inclusive education” was not supported in Catholic schools. In a message to the Labour leader, Mr Horan said: “Catholic schools challenge discrimination […]

New Justice and Peace film highlights 'Scotland’s shame' at Dungavel

New Justice and Peace film highlights ‘Scotland’s shame’ at Dungavel

A new short documentary-film released on behalf of Justice and Peace Scotland is aiming to highlight the issues taking place at Dungavel [detention centre]. Created by parish media group Sancta Familia Media, who are based at Holy Family Church, Mossend, created the video with Justice and Peace following their recent solidarity outside Dungavel Detention Centre […]

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