Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Thousands protest closure of national pilgrim centre

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

More than 5000 people have signed a petition in protest at the closure of a pilgrimage centre at Scotland’s national Catholic shrine, the Carfin Grotto in the Motherwell diocese. The diocese has announced the centre, opened in 1996, will close at the end of September and all staff will be made redundant. The grotto itself, Read more

Anger as Church of Scotland decides not to divest from fossil fuels

Monday, May 27th, 2019

More than 70 Church of Scotland delegates – including the outgoing moderator the Very Rev Susan Brown – have formally lodged their frustration at the decision of its general assembly not to divest from fossil fuels, with advocates describing Wednesday’s vote as “an embarrassing abdication of moral leadership”. Although the general assembly voted to “recognise Read more

Catholic beliefs could equate to hate crimes

Monday, March 25th, 2019

Catholic beliefs on gay marriage and abortion could be considered hate crimes in Scotland, say leaders of the Catholic Church there. Following last year’s review of hate crimes by retired judge Lord Bracadale, the church, in a submission to the Scottish government, asked for more discussion. The church submission suggests holding to Catholic beliefs, particularly Read more

Flying Vatican flag could be a criminal offence in Scotland

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Flying the Vatican flag in a ‘provocative manner’ could be a criminal act in Scotland, according to a police document. Exactly what a “provocative manner” entails is not described. The supposedly restricted Police Scotland document obtained by the Scottish Herald on Sunday, using Freedom of Information legislation, lists restrictions on displaying a number of flags and Read more

Open letter to synod from 107 young Scots

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

In a open letter ahead of the Youth Synod, 107 hundred young Scots say it would be a mistake to downplay orthodoxy. The letter, signed by 107 Catholics aged between 18 and 35, was addressed to Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley. Cushley is one of the bishops attending the synod on young people which began this Read more

Scottish Catholic church opposes smacking ban

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The Catholic church in Scotland’s opposition to a smacking ban has been met with anger by children’s rights campaigners. Plans to outlaw the physical punishment of children would “criminalise parents”, one of the church’s top officials is quoted as saying. He went on to say “it is not the role of the state to interfere” Read more

Catholic-Jewish school opens

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

A Catholic-Jewish school campus has been opened in Scotland by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Bishop John Keenan. It is the first joint faith Catholic-Jewish school in the world. Read more Related Posts:Catholic School principal spends day on the roofNew school bears Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s nameChildren are told to plan own funeral as homeworkDiocese launches Read more

Survey says Catholics could outnumber others in Scotland

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Annual Scottish Household Survey data suggest in seven years Catholics could become the largest faith group in Scotland. Over 10,000 people take part in the annual Scottish Government study, which is designed to give a general view of the country’s demographics. While 51 per cent of Scots don’t belong to any religion, just under 14 Read more

Mass grave found at Scottish orphanage

Monday, September 11th, 2017

A Scottish child abuse inquiry is to investigate claims that an unmarked mass grave holds bodies of at least 400 children from a home once run by Catholic nuns. Read more Related Posts:Catholic Church defeats Scots Government in legal…Bishops seek reconciliation after indigenous…Royal Commission: Catholic Church welcomes Marylands…Benedictines to leave Downside Abbey

Preaching while commuting on bus – upstairs for confessions

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Just as Jesus preached while commuting to and from Emmaus, a Scottish bishop and priest have been preaching while commuting in Scotland. Last week Paisley’s Bishop John Keenan toured Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire on a double-decker bus, aiming to “bring faith issues to the high street.” The Mercy Bus – also known as “the church Read more