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New Scalan altar honours persecuted Scots

Posted by SCMO on 13th August 2019 in Blogging |
13 August 2019   A new altar has been installed at Carfin Grotto in Motherwell to honour the Scots forced to practise their Catholic faith clandestinely through two and a half centuries of persecution, from 1560 onwards.   The altar is named after the secret seminary in the Braes of Glenlivet which operated from 1716 to 1799 in contravention of the Penal Laws against Catholicism. The laws forbade the celebration of Mass in Scotland; priests were prohibited from being in Scotland at all.   Fr Michael Briody, President of the Scalan Association said:   “There are several shrines at Carfin Grotto honouring the Irish, Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian i...
 

Win minds and hearts first rather than coerce by force of law, Bishop tells MSP’s

Posted by SCMO on 15th December 2015 in Christianity | Bishop Robson,Time for reflection,Scottish Parliament
Bishop Stephen Robson, the Bishop of Dunkeld, delivered the Time for Reflection in the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday 15 December) at 2pm.   In his address he said that cultural change has arguably been Scottish Society’s greatest challenge in the last decade. He called on legislators to “be compassionate about the effects of change” as not everyone can absorb it at the same rate – with some changes having left many people, including the elderly, straggling behind.    The full text of Bishop Robson’s comments are shown below.     ENDS     Peter Kearney  Director  Cath...
 

Scottish Bishops celebrate centenary of Catholic Education at Edinburgh Castle

Posted by SCMO on 13th November 2018 in Blogging |
Tuesday 13 November 2018     Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney will celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Education Act together with the Catholic bishops of Scotland tomorrow evening (Wednesday 14thof November) at a reception in Edinburgh Castle.     The event marks the beginning of the week that leads up to the date the Act was signed, bringing Catholic schools into the state sector, 21stNovember 1918, and is the culmination of a year of special celebration and reflection.     Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Scottish Catholic Education Commission said:     “The Scottish Government’s support for Catholic school...
 

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...
 

Response to McLellan Commission

Posted by SCMO on 18th August 2015 in Christianity | McLellan Commission, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
Following the publication earlier today a “Review of Safeguarding Protocols and Procedures” by a Commission chaired by the Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan, the Catholic Bishops of Scotland have welcomed the report and accepted its recommendations in full.   The report comprises a detailed assessment of all aspects of Safeguarding within the church and can be viewed here: www.mclellancommission.co.uk   In the report preface, Dr. McLellan notes: “The invitation to chair this Commission came from the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in Scotland. When I accepted it I made it clear that I did not feel that my first re...
 

Church responds to critics of Safeguarding strategy

Posted by SCMO on 2nd November 2016 in Blogging |
In a response to a letter sent by the former Chair of the Commission examining Safeguarding Protocols in the Catholic Church, the Assistant General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference has rejected claims that the recommendations produced by the McLellan Commission are not being implemented.   In a letter sent to the Bishops' Conference by Rev. Andrew McLellan, the former commission chair claims that action is not being taken, survivors are not being supported and independent scrutiny is not being introduced.   Responding to the letter, the Assistant General Secretary of the Conference, Fr. Tom Boyle said;   "Last  August the Bishops&rs...
 
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