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Elect individuals who reflect your beliefs Catholic voters told

Posted by SCMO on 19th November 2019 in Blogging |
Tuesday 19 November 2019   In a pastoral letter which will be read at all 500 Catholic churches in Scotland this weekend (23/24 November) Scotland's Catholic Bishops, will urge parishioners to participate in the 2019 general election and to “elect an individual representative who reflects as closely as possible our beliefs”. Scotland’s Catholic Bishops warn that “a creeping intolerance towards religious belief” has become “a part of life”.   The letter goes on to reflect on a range of issues and urges catholic voters to raise them with their candidates. Among the subjects highlighted are:   Human Life - Voters are reminded that abortion, a...


Posted by SCMO on 28th April 2005 in Christianity |
CARDINAL O'BRIEN RETURNS HOME  Cardinal Keith O'Brien will arrive in Edinburgh Airport today (Thursday) at 18.35, at the domestic arrivals area, he will hold a short press conference at 19.00 in the 'Prayer Room' of the airport, situated on the ground floor adjacent to the International Arrivals area.  The Cardinal arrives back in Scotland having attended the funeral earlier this month of Pope John Paul II and participated in the subsequent conclave, to elect his successor Pope Benedict XVI.  Cardinal O'Brien has released the following statement to coincide with his return to Scotland:  ENDS  Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent...

Scottish Church Leaders Urge Truthfulness in Political Debate

Posted by SCMO on 27th November 2019 in Blogging |
27th November 2019   Ten Scottish church leaders have joined together in calling for a respectful tone in the ongoing political debate - that recognises the human value in all people.   As campaigning enters the final three weeks before the general election on 12 December, the leaders have urged people to think of the many issues that unite rather than divide.   The statement says:   “As people of faith, we believe in the flourishing of local communities and the importance of acting to make sure this can become a reality. There are many issues which divide us but many more that can unite us – and the realisation of a fairer, more equal and more j...

Cardinal O'Brien welcomes Pope Benedict XVI.

Posted by SCMO on 19th April 2005 in Christianity |
Cardinal O'Brien welcomes Pope Benedict XVI.  Following the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has issued the following statement from the Vatican at 20.00 (GMT);  "It has been a great joy for me to share with my brother Cardinals in the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, he is a man of deep spirituality, a renowned theologian and a wonderful choice as Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church."  "The election of a Pope is a time of joy and hope for Catholics in Scotland and around the world. I am sure that Scotland's Catholics and all people of goodwill in our country will join with me in asking...

Cardinal O'Brien urges Glenrothes constituents to "Go out and vote!".

Posted by SCMO on 10th October 2008 in Christianity |
Friday 10 October 2008 Cardinal O'Brien urges Glenrothes constituents to "Go out and vote!". In a letter to be read in the three catholic parishes in the constituency of Glenrothes this weekend, Cardinal Keith O'Brien in whose archdiocese the constituency is situated will urge parishioners to "Go out and vote!", reminding them that "The right to vote is a very important one, which places an obligation on every citizen to participate in the democratic process." The Cardinal also suggests that parish groups should "host or participate in hustings and campaign meetings (and) take every opportunity to acquaint yourself with the issues and the candidates before you."...

Scots support reduced abortion time limits and statutory waiting period

Posted by SCMO on 21st May 2017 in Blogging |
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 child. The poll also showed overwhelming support (76%) for the proposal that doctors, sh...
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