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.
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.
Baroness Liddell and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today announced that Baroness Helen Liddell will be the first ever Chair of the Independent Review Group (IRG) an autonomous body, which will function separately from the Church and which will review safeguarding standards and carry out independent audits.
Announcing the appointment, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops’ Conference said: “I am most grateful to Baroness Liddell for agreeing to become the first Chair of the Independent Review Group, which will review and audit the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding work.
The owl: undeniably beautiful, but not human
Walking through the centre of Edinburgh last week I was
struck by a large crowd gathered on the pavement. As I approached I noticed that the crowd,
made up mostly of tourists, were gawping at a rather large, impressive owl that
was perched on its keeper’s arm.
The crowd pointed, smiled, laughed and took a vast amount of
photographs with their mobile phones and state-of-the-art digital cameras. It was all very pleasing to the owl’s keeper
who must have been licking his lips at the prospect of a bumper pay day should
even a fraction of those gathered be brave enough to get up close and personal
with the beautiful feathered creature and let it sit on their arm.
The Archdiocese of Glasgow appears to be reaping the rewards of
a fresh new drive for vocations to the priesthood. The September edition of Flourish, the
Archdiocese’s journal, has highlighted the increasing popularity of monthly
evenings of discernment hosted by Father Ross Campbell, who is the Archdiocese’s
vocations director and Catholic chaplain to the University of Glasgow.
Six men have already signed up for the first evening of
discernment taking place on Friday 14October and it is hoped that
more will join.
The eight Catholic Bishops of Scotland
Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Scotland on nuclear weapons:
The Bishops of Scotland have for a long time pointed out the immorality of the use of strategic nuclear weapons due to the indiscriminate destruction of innocent human life that their use would cause.
The renewal of Trident is questioned not just by those concerned with the morality of nuclear weapons themselves but also by those concerned about the use of scarce financial resources.
Lives are being lost now because money that could be spent on the needy and the poor is tied up in nuclear arsenals.
If only there were more Dr Halliday Sutherlands today. Perhaps he would have the courage to stand up
for the rights of those who are under threat from the increasing prevalence of
assisted suicide in our world. Perhaps
he would have the courage to stand up for the rights of the preborn child under
threat of death by abortion.
Dr Halliday Sutherland, born in Glasgow in 1882, was a man
who stood up for the people society felt unworthy of life. He lived in a time when the middle and upper
classes of Britain fought for the legal right to sterilise the poor and the
Archbishop of St Andrews
and Edinburgh Leo Cushley celebrates the 125 anniversary of Pope
Leo XIII’s landmark encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum’
Archbishop Leo Cushley has marked the 125
anniversary of the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum by re-proposing its social
teaching for the common good of Scottish society. The encyclical by Pope Leo XIII is arguably
the Church’s most important when it comes to social justice and the Archbishop
can clearly see positives in once again bringing it to the forefront of our