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Science and religion intertwined writes Bishop Keenan

Posted by SCMO on 12th May 2015 in Christianity | Science, religion, Bishop John Keenan,

Science and religion intertwined writes Bishop Keenan. Writing in today s Scotsman (12 May 2015) Bishop John Keenan, the Bishop of Paisley describes the Catholic Church and the science as "conjoined twins in the advancement of knowledge Dogmatic certainties are as likely to be found in both science as they are in religion writes Bishop Keenan, but rather than competing, science and religion should complement one another. Bishop Keenan claims that no one should feel "compelled to make a choice between science or religion, presuming that aligning ourselves with one entails rejecting the other. Adding "finding the really important truths of existence needs both...
 

Civic office requires Christian belief and principle like never before

Posted by SCMO on 06th March 2018 in Blogging |

The abusive criticism aimed at politicians like Elaine Smith and Tim Farron might be enough to put Christians off political office for good, warns Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office in The Scotsman.     This follows recent derision of Elaine Smith’s appointment as shadow cabinet secretary for the eradication of poverty and inequality, which some have claimed is untenable because she voted against the redefinition of marriage in 2014.     Mr Horan echoes Pope Francis’ concerns that there is a sustained and ongoing “persecution” of traditional religion.     “For dissenters like Elaine Smith the persecutio...
 

Cardinal calls on Christians to act together in the face of "aggressive secularism"

Posted by SCMO on 22nd April 2011 in Christianity |

...e role of religion in society. He stated: religion is not a problem for legislators to solve, but a vital contributor to the national conversation . And he went on to add firmly: In this light, I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which place a great emphasis on tolerance .Just a few weeks ago a Presbyterian Minister in the Church of Scotland contacted me to say how much he appreciated my comments at that time in support of religious freedom in other countries. My correspondent contrasted the promise by the British Government to act agai...
 

The Saltire / Herald annual debate

Posted by SCMO on 16th May 2003 in Christianity |

...organised religion? Does the voice of the various Church establishments reflect the voice of the people and should that voice still have a place in public and political life? On 27th May at 7.00 pm Harry Reid, former editor of The Herald newspaper and Life and Work and author of 'Outside Verdict: an old kirk in a new Scotland' will chair a far-reaching Saltire Society/Herald public debate on these issues in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. The speakers selected for the panel offer feisty fare. Names to juggle the continuing arguments on the future of the Church include: Calum Brown, Professor of Religious and Cultural history at the University of Strathclyde; Pete...
 

Cardinal calls for "freedom of religious expression"

Posted by SCMO on 09th December 2010 in Christianity |

...sation of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which place a great emphasis on tolerance .And he went on to state that: There are those who would advocate that the voice of religion be silenced, or at least relegated to the purely private sphere. There are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none. And there are those who argue “ paradoxically with intention of eliminating discrimination “ that Christians in public roles should be required at times to act ...
 

Church promises “strenuous opposition” to attempts to redefine marriage

Posted by SCMO on 07th September 2011 in Christianity |

...itics and religion have nothing to fear from each other, when he said; the role of religion in political debate is ¦ to help purify and shed light upon the application of reason to the discovery of objective moral principles. Without the corrective supplied by religion, though, reason too can fall prey to distortions, as when it is manipulated by ideology, or applied in a partial way that fails to take full account of the dignity of the human person. ¦religion, in other words, is not a problem for legislators to solve, but a  vital contributor to the national conversation. (Pope Benedict Westminster Hall Address 17 Sep 2010) I assure you of the Cathol...
 
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