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Church commits to anti-bullying efforts

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

Pope Francis claims gender theory is the ‘great enemy of marriage today’



Pope Francis has spoken out against the theory of gender, something he has stated as being the “great enemy of marriage today”. The pope, speaking to a group of religious men and women in Tbilisi, Georgia, said: “Today, there is a global war trying to destroy marriage…they don’t destroy it with weapons, but with ideas. It’s certain ideological ways of thinking that are destroying it…we have to defend ourselves from ideological colonisation.”


The pontiff has often spoken about ideological colonisation and gender theory and the dangers they pose to society.

Catholic Love in the Community: Ambanja Girls Home, Madagascar



Madagascar is a country riddled with debt, where the basic right of a child to an education is far down the list of government priorities and public expenditure on children is a paltry £31 per year, leaving very little for a basic, let alone decent, education.


The situation is especially grim for girls who are often denied any form of education so as to allow male siblings to benefit from the opportunity to learn.  Boys, it seems, are best placed to go to school to learn.  Girls, it seems, are better off at home.

Desiring a better solution to pregnancy ‘problem’

These youngsters have taken the chastity pledge

The World Health Organisation has, in its latest report, confirmed that 25% of worldwide pregnancies ended in abortion between 2010 and 2014. The report also states that “around 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in developing countries.”


While this news must be greeted with great sadness at the millions of lives lost in an incredibly short period of time, the WHO has a solution.  It states that: “Almost every abortion death and disability could be prevented through sexuality education, use of effective contraception, provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and timely care for complications.

Is the Catholic Church too wealthy?

 
It’s fairly common to be asked the following questions when you run an online Catholic apostolate: why doesn’t your church sell off its valuable assets to feed the poor?  Wouldn’t Jesus balk at the amount of wealth the Church has today?  Wouldn’t he give it all to the poor?
 
 
I do think these are all very valid questions and I believe there are also very good answers to them. But before we begin looking at those answers, perhaps it would be prudent to give the matter of Church wealth a bit of context.

New Education Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage Seeks to Protect Religious Views

 
New Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance on how same-sex marriage should be taught in schools appears to offer protection to those who believe that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
 
The guidance makes the following important points:
 
No school, or individual teacher, is under a duty to support, promote or endorse marriage of same sex couples.
 
Teachers and other school staff, parents and pupils are all free to hold personal opinions on the marriage of same sex couples, including a view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Commandments for how to behave online and on social media

 
The Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) has produced a new poster detailing the “10 Commandments for Proclaiming theJoy of the Gospel on-line”.  In what appears to be a spin-off from Pope Francis encyclical letter,Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel),SCES is encouraging young people to behave responsibly, and in a manner befitting of their Catholic faith, whilst they use the internet and social media. The poster will be officially launched during Catholic Education Week in February.

Views of school parents sought ahead of Scottish Education seminar

The Scottish Catholic Observer has today published an article on an up and coming seminar on the subject of education and organisers are looking for parents of schoolchildren to complete a survey to ensure parents' views have an impact.
 
Catholic education is of vital importance to our children and the wider community and parents are urged to take a few moments to complete the survey, drafted by the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, before the seminar on 14th June at the Xavier Centre, Carfin.

Religion in Schools: The Debate Rolls On

There are currently two secular initiatives being presented to the Scottish Parliament around the role of religion in education.  One is to do with the representation by religious on education committees within local authorities, the other is to do with whether parents should be entitled to opt their children 'in' to religious observance at their school as opposed to the existing system of opt 'out'. 
 
As more of these initiatives start to surface there is a growing disquiet among people of an undercurrent that is continually trying to chip away at the existence of faith schools in our country.

Letter from Archbishop Tartaglia on Confirmation of Children in the Archdiocese of Glasgow (from rcag.org.uk)

 
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ
 
I have decided that, from now on in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, the Confirmation of baptised children will take place around age 11 when children are in P7, their final year of Primary School.
 
This decision was motivated principally by pastoral concerns. It seemed sensible to prolong the period of sacramental initiation of baptized children to make the best of the efforts of Catholic teachers and parish catechists. I felt too that Confirmation will mean more to children who are a little older.
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