Monthly Archives - November 2013

Glasgow Crash: does human tragedy make God more present in the world?

The popular view about human suffering is that it makes it more difficult to believe in God. Even Catholics - indeed, even some priests - express themselves at a loss when dealing with death, especially sudden death or the death of a young person. That's astonishing, and completely contradicts what Catholic believe about the...

Lanarkshire: Should Syphilis Lead To “Sexplanations” in Catholic Schools?

A very concerned parent passed us a copy of a letter dated 11 November, 2013, which her daughter brought home from her Catholic school. Read the text below, and click on the picture to visit the "Sexplanations" website. Then tell us if you think there is ever any excuse to deliver the "safer sex" message to...

Pope Francis: Enemy of the Papacy…

When he read Pope Francis's latest assault on the papacy, Petrus submitted the following commentary for discussion. As Editor, speaking on behalf of the Catholic Truth team, I agree with his every word. Do you? In his first Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis continues his attack on the papacy. This attack began minutes after his election,...

Surely Abusing Priests Should Be Dismissed From Ministry?

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today announced details of three safeguarding initiatives, which will be launched over the next 12 months. In a letter read out at all of Scotland’s 500 Catholic parishes yesterday (24 November, the Feast of Christ the King) the President of the Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said: “We recognise...

98-15 in favour: shame on Catholic MSPs who supported same-sex marriage bill…

Legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland has been approved in principle by parliament, after MSPs voted on it for the first time. The Scottish government's Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill passed the first of three parliamentary hurdles by 98 votes to 15 with five abstentions. Ministers said the move was the right thing to do,...

General Discussion (3) …

The General Discussion thread will always remain at the top of the page.  Links to previous discussion thread appended.   New articles, newest first, will appear below… If there’s something of interest in the news that’s not covered in one of the topic threads, or you have a question to ask, a comment you’d like to make...

Scots Priest Suspended: “Mass Riot” During Bishop’s Announcement…

Parishioners at St John ­Ogilvie's Church in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, reacted with fury and disbelief when they were told just before Mass last night that Father Matthew Despard had been removed from his ministry. They were greeted by a weeping Father Despard outside the church shortly before the 4.30pm Mass began, and were ushered inside...

Scots Bishops Poll Parishioners…

Next year Pope Francis has called an “Extraordinary Synod” of Bishops from around the world to discuss the Church’s pastoral care for families and the challenges for the Church in responding to changes in family life. The Holy Father is keen that as many Catholics as possible should have the opportunity to reflect on the...