Monthly Archives - January 2015

Is The UK Population Thick?

Question Time is a TV forum for debate broadcast UK-wide from different locations on  BBC1 on Thursdays, after the 10pm news. I try to watch it, and manage to see it most weeks.  However, I find I'm watching it more and more merely to marvel at the sheer predictability of both questions, answers and the inevitable...

Glasgow Jesuits Strike Again!

HUNDREDS of friends and family gathered today for the funeral of a popular Glasgow teacher who died in a sledging accident. Large crowds attended St Aloysius Church in Glasgow to pay their respects and leave floral tributes to Lanark Primary teacher Maryam Najafian. Temporary additional seating was needed as the church pews quickly filled up at...

Pope’s Visit To Sri Lanka – Dearie Me…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SQ1iW7APHk And don't miss the video record of the visit of the Pope to a Buddhist temple Comment "Dearie me" is one of the (more polite) terms which we Scots use to express shock, dismay etc.  That's how I've been reacting to the bits of news reports that I've seen on this latest papal excursion.  What's been your reaction?  ...

Assisted Suicide Bill: Protest in Edinburgh

Legal experts and the police said a law allowing assisted suicide in Scotland needed more clarity in order to remove the risk of someone being prosecuted. There is a "fine line" between assisting someone killing themselves and an act of euthanasia which could result in criminal charges, MSPs heard. The plans, contained in a backbench bill,...

Confession: Is Validity Enough?

Concerned Catholics have been asking us to reassure them about the validity of absolution in Confession, because Fr Tim Curtis SJ, PP of St Aloysius, Garnethill, changes the words of absolution to say "I absolve you from these sins and all the sins of your life..." The rest, we presume, is correct, but these words have...

A New Scots Saint In The Offing?

The parish priest of St Lucy’s in Cumbernauld is starting the new year with an awe-inspiring mission to perform – and he’s asking for help. Father Joseph McAuley has been officially charged with the task of leading the latest - he hopes final - bid to have the Venerable Margaret Sinclair canonised. She was a trade...

Is There A “Man-Crisis” In The Church?

From the New Emangelization website... Recently, I had the great honor to have an audience with His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke to discuss the state of Catholic men in the United States. Here is the full transcript: Matthew James Christoff of the New Emangelization Project:  Your Eminence, we are delighted and blessed to be here with you....

SSPX: More Ordinations & More Vatican Talks – Connected?

On December 20, 2014, Ember Saturday in Advent, His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay ordained three new priests at Our Lady co-redemptrix Seminary of La Reja (Argentina).    The SSPX General Superior also conferred the diaconate to a 5th year Argentinian seminarian.   The new priests are: Rev. Fathers Felipe de Echazu (Argentina), Fernando...