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Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia’s Christmas message

Each year, as we journey towards the end of December, we experience the very human realisation that another year of our life has passed, and we look back with a mixture of emotions at the 12 months just gone. 2016 has been a year of dramatic change in national and world affairs, and for many […]

Trainee Catholic priests are ‘hooking up using gay dating app Grindr at Ireland’s top seminary’

Trainee Catholic priests have been meeting up using the gay dating app Grindr at Ireland’s top seminary, it has been claimed. Dublin’s archbishop Dr Diarmuid Martin said he was ‘somewhat unhappy’ about rumours that students at St Patrick’s College in Maynooth were using the app, which he claimed ‘fostered promiscuous sexuality’. The church leader will boycott […]

Watch CCTV footage released after church is robbed twice in two days

A Barrhead church has released a video of the shocking moment two burglars attempt to prise open its front doors. St John’s Church on Aurs Road is sharing the images in an attempt to aid Police Scotland in its investigations. The images of men who may be able to assist police have been posted on […]

Most people in Scotland 'not religious'

Most people in Scotland ‘not religious’

More than half of people in Scotland now have no religion, according to research. Findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey show 52% of people say they are not religious, compared with 40% in 1999 when the survey began. The proportion who say they belong to the Church of Scotland has fallen from 35% in […]

Bishop Brian McGee

Church’s new bishop meets Rothesay congregation

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Brian McGee, visited Bute for the first time in his new role this week. He celebrated mass at St Andrew’s Church in Rothesay on Wednesday evening before meeting and chatting to parishioners at a social event afterwards. Mr McGee’s appointment was announced in December, though […]

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Roman Catholic greeting for Easter

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia writes: Easter comes early this year. Even nature seems to have cottoned on, with gardens already bright and blooming with spring flowers. That newness of life is a kind of sermon which the natural world preaches to us, reminding us of the more profound truth of the season, namely that Christ conquers […]

Cambuslang priest set to return after being cleared by church probe into sex allegation

Cambuslang priest set to return after being cleared by church probe into sex allegation

Parishioners at St Bride’s in Cambuslang have expressed their delight at the possible return to the parish of Father Paul Morton. The Catholic Church confirmed last week it had completed its investigation into an allegation of historic sex abuse made against the priest. Father Morton was cleared by the police in April this year after […]

James MacMillan

Queen’s Birthday Honours: James MacMillan leads knighted Scots

Composer James MacMillan has said he is “totally delighted” at being knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The 55-year-old has been awarded the honour for services to music. Dr MacMillan’s music is widely performed around the world by performers ranging from top international orchestras to local church and community choirs. One of his compositions […]

Saint John Ogilvie

Historic Moray saint commemorated in Keith celebration

People from across Scotland will converge a Moray town next month to pay tribute to Scotland’s first saint in more than 700 years in the town of his birth. Keith-born St John Ogilvie was martyred in 1615 and will be celebrated with a family fun day to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death. The […]

Michael McGrath

Sectarianism report: Catholic schools not to blame for problem

A Scottish Government report into sectarianism has ruled conclusively that Catholic schools in Scotland do not fuel bigotry; there is a ‘discursive deficit’ in Scotland’s approach to religious intolerance and the Act of Settlement continues to fuel the problem. The Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland, headed by Dr Duncan Morrow, began work two […]

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