A new poll out today (Sunday 21 May) shows that most people
(60%) would like to see time limits for abortions reduced, among women the
figure is 70%. ComRes interviewed 2,008 British adults online between 12th and
14th May 2017. Data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults.
61% of Scottish respondents opposed any moves towards making
it mandatory for doctors to have to participate in abortion procedures against
their will, while 51% oppose moves to compel pharmacists to prescribe a pill
against their will, if they believe that pill will end the life of an unborn
In a pastoral letter which will be read at all 500
Catholic churches in Scotland this weekend (20/21 May) Scotland's Catholic
Bishops, will urge parishioners to participate in the 2017 General Election and
to be informed by the teachings of the Church.
The detailed statement will invite Catholic voters to consider a number of key issues ahead of casting their vote at the election on June 8th.
Commenting on the letter, the Director of the Catholic
Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan said; “This General election provides an
opportunity for Catholics to take their beliefs into the polling station and
elect members of parliament who share their concerns.
The prophetic words of John Paul II
It's a real wake up call. Jesus is losing his influence in Europe. Christianity is dying out.
We've known for some time now that Christianity is on the decline in Europe, but recent data released by thePew Research Centerreveals just how stark that decline is.
Indeed, it is the only decline in any religion in any part of the world between 2010 and 2015. But for Christianity's decline in Europe, every religion across all continents witnessed an increase in numbers, including Christianity itself, which is growing rapidly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
So chocolate maker Cadbury and the National Trust have decided to drop the word 'Easter' from their annual egg hunt events across the UK. Is this a disgrace? Is it absurd? Or is it quite simply "absolutely ridiculous" as Theresa May put it.
I guess companies like Cadbury can do what they want when it comes to their own events and the marketing of their own products which, Cadbury claim, will continue to bear the word 'Easter' on packaging.
I personally think the whole thing is just a little disappointing but not in the least bit surprising.
During the season of Lent, a number of people will gather
outside four hospitals in Scotland in quiet, prayerful vigil to stand up for the inherent
dignity and value of human life. The 40 Days for Life vigils
will be held outside the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in
Glasgow, the Royal Infirmaries in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and Ninewells in
Dundee. It is peaceful, it is calm, and there is certainly no aggression or
scare tactics adopted, despite what the mainstream media try to portray.
Is God calling you?
Catholic Parishes throughout Scotland will be receiving
copies of a new magazine this week, aimed at encouraging young men to consider
the Priesthood. A total of 15,000 copies of the magazine which focuses on young men who
are currently studying for the Priesthood at the Scots College in Rome, will be
available in all parishes by next weekend 4/5th February 2017.
The A4 publication titled ‘Priests for Scotland’ will be
distributed free to all of Scotland’s 500 parishes.
Mike Pence at March for Life
TodayVice President Mike Pencespoke to hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered for the annual March for Life on the National Mall. He is the first Vice President to address the March in person. Counselor to the PresidentKellyanne Conwayalso spoke at today’s March.
Vice President Pence’sremarks reflected his deep roots in the pro-life movement and the Trump-Pence Administration’s commitments to the right to life cause:
“Today, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America.
The Catholic Church in Scotland has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling all forms of bullying in its schools.
However, this article by The Times fails to cover the Church's clear message that Catholic Schools will never compromise Catholic teaching.
You can access the article here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/lgbti-pupils-to-have-safe-spaces-at-catholic-schools-9kwz5869r
After Jesus had been
born at Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of King Heron, some wise men came
to Jerusalem from the east. “Where is the infant king of the Jews?” they asked.
“We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.”
Today's Gospel (Matthew 2:1-12):
'After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.
Pope Francis asks "God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values."
Read the entire message here: https://zenit.org/articles/popes-message-for-50th-world-day-of-peace/