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Scotland "inextricably linked" to Christian heritage

Posted by SCMO on 19th May 2005 in Christianity |
...signs of Christianity in society;  "I think of the Christmas Nativity Scene at the corner of the Mound in Edinburgh each year; I think of that most wonderful performance of the Easter Play on the afternoon of Holy Saturday prior to Easter Sunday; I am aware of performances of the equivalent of passion plays such as Christ at Dundas ."  Cardinal O'Brien concludes with a reminder of how sizeable a group Christian churchgoers still are:  "despite talk of decline we do perhaps need to remember that according to the last National Census around two thirds of Scots still describe themselves as Christians. Churchgoers today are self-selecting, they opt to go to chu...

St. Andrew's Conference

Posted by SCMO on 30th November 2012 in Christianity |
...roots of Christianity has become heightened.   The beauty and richness of its witness to the person of Jesus Christ in all aspects of human life and society is a compelling answer to the void of secularism.    Professor George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Centre, a Catholic theologian, one of America's leading public intellectuals, and the biographer of the late Pope John Paul II will also address the Conference.He will propose that we are living at the end of Counter-Reformation Catholicism and the beginning of Evangelical Catholicism. Arguing that; In the post-World War II period, Catholics experienced a relatively...

Scotland's Catholic Bishops meet the Pope

Posted by SCMO on 3rd April 2003 in Christianity |
...teeped in Christianity, there no longer exists the reality of a "Christian society", that is, a society which, despite human weaknesses and failings, takes the Gospel as the explicit measure of its life and values. Rather, modern civilisation, although highly developed from the standpoint of technology, is often stunted in its inner depths by a tendency to exclude God or keep him at a distance."He called for, a "new evangelisation" which "must be marked by hope" and urged the Bishops, in their work, saying; "As shepherds of souls, you should never let yourselves become discouraged in your efforts to direct the whole of Christian life and the entire Christian com...

Cardinal addresses Catholic headteachers

Posted by SCMO on 20th September 2004 in Christianity |
...roots of Christianity in Scotland. It is appropriate that this should be  the starting point for a brief reflection on the journey of faith our nation  has taken since Ninian brought the Christian message to these shores those  1600 years ago. As the centuries passed, the tide of Christianity he led  would flow until it covered the entirety of Scotland in a ˜sea of faith . In  more recent decades that tide has ebbed dramatically and the ˜sea of  Christianity in which we were once immerged has receded. It has often been  replaced by a new tide of rampant secular materialism which has left us on a  sea of self-centred consumerism where we often strug...

Battle against secularism is priority for Christians says Cardinal Battle against secularism is priority for Christians says Cardinal

Posted by SCMO on 30th August 2004 in Christianity |
...roots of Christianity in Scotland. Just a few years before the great jubilee of the year 2000 in 1997 at the request of Pope John Paul II, the Christians of Scotland commemorated St Ninian s journey back to his native land bringing the Christian Faith.  We have with us those two heirs to that long and proud Christian tradition in our country “ Bishop Maurice and Bishop John. They in the restored Hierarchy of Scotland are respectively the sixth and seventh Bishops of Galloway, following the long and proud tradition of bishops in this area. When preaching at Bishop John s Episcopal Ordination I remembered those words in stone in the crypt of the Scots ColIege...

Cardinal O'Brien visits Ukraine

Posted by SCMO on 26th June 2005 in Christianity |
...ferent to Christianity at school.  The visit also continues during the Year of the Eucharist when the Ukrainian peoples are thinking of resurrection and new life brought about by Christ in the Eucharist.  Cardinal O Brien has had longstanding links with the Ukrainian people. When he was an altar server in St Columba s Parish, Edinburgh, as a young boy and then man, he vividly remembers the Ukrainian peoples in exile celebrating Mass in St Columba s after the normal Sunday Masses for parishioners “ until they managed to purchase their own church within the city of Edinburgh.  The full text of the Cardinal's homily in St Alexander's Cathedral in Kiev is show...
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