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March 2015

Did Jesus allow divorce?

 
The issue of divorce is a subject of much discussion among members of the Catholic Church and its detractors. 
 
So what is thr truth of our teaching?  And did Jesus really allow divorce?
 
While Mosaic law did allow divorce and remarriage among the Israelites Jesus had a very different point of view when confronted by the Pharisees on the topic.  Jesus said: "Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

Pornography statistics among the young suggest a need to get back to basics

 
A new survey by NSPCC Childline has suggested that at least a tenth of 12 - 13 year olds in the UK are addicted to pornography (reported today by the BBC). 
 
And while this is generally regarded as a bad thing, there are some people who think it is okay for children to be increasingly sexualised at a young age.  But let's be clear, it is one thing for a child of reason to know the beauty of the human body; it is another thing entirely for them to see that body being abused.

Is The Passion too long for you? Just thank God you aren't hanging from a Cross

'I'm doing this for you, and all because I love you'
 
This Sunday is Palm Sunday.  A day when we commemorate Christ's journey into Jerusalem, where the very same people who were to betray him just days later, welcomed him with great joy and excitement.
 
And it is also the occasion when we are asked to listen to a more lengthy Gospel passage, recounting the story of Jesus' passion and death.
 
For some people this day is a difficult one.  I have heard complaints first hand from people when it comes to having to endure listening to the last hours of Jesus' life.

Congratulations to John Deighan, the new Chief Executive of SPUC Scotland

 
Scots Catholic would like to congratulate John Deighan on his appointment to the post of Chief Executive ofSPUC Scotland.
 
The Parliamentary Officer for the Bishops' Conference of Scotland will take up his new role next month.
 
The Bishops of Scotland have thanked John for his "resolute and dedicated service" and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said: "John has provided dedicated and energetic service to the church in Scotland for sixteen years and we wish him well in his new role.

What’s in a miracle? Does God really reveal Himself to us?

Pope Francis reacts to the miracle
 
Isn’t it intriguing that the world pays little attention to supernatural miracles?  For example, if you were to put a no-hoper with the voice of a sick frog on the ‘The Voice’ and they ended up winning the coveted reality TV show’s top prize, the world would proudly announce it to be a “miracle”.  However, witnessing the sudden liquefying of the blood of a near 2,000 year old man or the sudden transformation of a communion wafer to real flesh is something that is given little attention.

It pays to listen to Jesus (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 22nd March 2015)

It pays to listen to Jesus
 
This Sunday's second reading (Hebrews 5:7-9):
 
'During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.'
 
 
Here's a simple formula....obey Jesus and you will receive eternal salvation.

Pope accepts Cardinal Keith O'Brien's resignation

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien following a meeting between the two.
Cardinal O'Brien, who has been living a strictly private life since resigning in 2013 following allegations of sexual misconduct, will continue to live outside Scotland.
Archbishop Leo Cushley, successor to Cardinal O'Brien as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has said: “I am confident...that the decision of the Holy Father is fair, equitable and proportionate.”
The Archbishop went on to say he believed ‘Cardinal O’Brien’s behaviour distressed many, demoralised faithful Catholics and made the Church less credible to those who are not Catholic’.

Calling Catholic dads: join in our Year for Fathers!

 
As we celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph Scots Catholic is kickstarting a year of prayer for Catholic fathers. 
 
Our aim is to discover what it truly means to be a Catholic father and the role we play in the lives of our families and wider society.
 
And what better day to kick things off than the solemnity of St Joseph, step-father to Jesus Christ?
 

What would St Patrick do?

St Patrick, perhaps one of the most celebrated Saints in the world, was born in 387 in the little town of Kilpatrick near Dumbarton in Scotland.  He died in 461, aged 74, in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
 
At the tender age of fourteen Patrick was taken from his family in Scotland to be a slave in Ireland, the country he would ultimately become patron saint of.  And it was during this time of captivity that he turned to God, praying fervently day and night and seeking the comfort of his heavenly Father.

Scots Catholic celebrates second anniversary

Today is our second anniversary and we would just like to say thank you to all of you who have supported us over these last two years.

We have managed to amass over three quarter of a million page views on our site and nearly three quarters of a million visitors. Without you we couldn't have achieved this!

We can only hope you find something useful in what we do and that we can encourage people to find joy in the Catholic faith, to learn more about it and to embrace it.

In the last two years I have personally learned so much more about our faith and the riches it contains.
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