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.
The Church will implement all recommendations
from the McLellan Report
Peter Kearney, Director of the Scottish Catholic Media
Office, has called for fairness by the media in reporting the issue of child
abuse in the Catholic Church.
Mr Kearney suggests that official figures show that the
problem in the Church is tiny compared to the problem as a whole across
Scotland. Indeed, it is believed that
only 0.3% of abuse complaints over the past ten years were against Catholic
clergy and volunteers.
I was surprised to see a story about St John Paul the Great
high up the BBC headline charts when I looked at the their news website this
morning. The headline read ‘Intense John
Paul II Letters Revealed’. I thought for
a moment that the BBC had gone soft by perhaps agreeing to reveal some letters
written by the pope on matters of faith and his work in the Church. But then I clicked on the headline and it all
became very clear.
The full title of the ‘story’ is ‘John Paul letters reveal ‘intense’
friendship with woman’.
The Church recognises the tragedy of abortion
Pope Francis has asked priests not to withhold God’s mercy to women who have had abortions and who seek forgiveness for it during the Church’s upcoming Year of Mercy.
The pope, in a letter addressed to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Archbishop of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, said that: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it.
The cake Ashers refused to bake
While the law doesn’t tend to agree, I still firmly believe that a business owner should have the right to decide not to provide a service which would be contrary to their devoutly held beliefs. And this, for me, is key to the whole debate around Ashers bakery and the ‘gay cake’ furore in Northern Ireland.
The bakery was told today that it discriminated against a homosexual customer for refusing to bake a cake with a slogan supporting homosexual marriage.
These people need our love and prayers too
It’s not often you hear people standing up for politicians but that is precisely what I am about to do! As the dust settles on last week’s UK General Election the usual lampooning of political figures and parties has started up once again as we embark on another five year cycle of ridicule and abuse in the direction of those elected to lead our country.
As Christians our call is simple: to love one another and to keep God’s Commandments.
The Catholic mother of murdered journalist James Foley has said that she forgives Mohammed Emwazi (known as ‘Jihadi John’) who is believed to have killed her son. Diane Foley told the Times: “It saddens me, his [Jihadi John’s] continued hatred. He felt wronged, now we hate him – now that just prolongs the hatred. We need to end it. As a mum I forgive him. The whole thing is an ongoing tragedy.”
If ever there was faith in action in our modern world, this is it.
The Pope wants scenes like this to be a thing of the past
Pope Francis has urged those in authority to reconsider use of the death penalty and the imposition of life imprisonment.
The Pope expressed his disbelief that states "cannot make use of another means than capital punishment to defend peoples' lives from an unjust aggressor."
He also stated that: "All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to struggle not only for abolition of the death penalty, whether it be legal or illegal and in all its forms, but also to improve prison conditions, out of respect for the human dignity of persons deprived of their liberty.