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Bishops pour scorn over water charges

Catholic bishops have waded into the row over Scottish Water plans to increase the water bills paid by churches and charities. A recent Scottish Government consultation proposed removing the relief from water charges currently enjoyed by charities. The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has now issued a statement saying they are “extremely concerned” by the proposals. […]

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The deity dozen of toughest role ever

The BBC wades into controversy tonight with its four-part £4 million Biblical drama The Passion. And little-known actor Joseph Mawle admits he found the leading role “incredibly daunting”. But Scotland’s religious leaders are pleased that the holy story is being retold. The Rev Jock Stein, of the Church of Scotland’s mission council, said: “If people […]

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Scottish town looks east in drugs battle

Not so long ago Fraserburgh was dubbed the heroin capital of Britain, where fishing boat skippers struggled to find crew members who were not high on drugs or too exhausted from the latest binge to even turn up for work. But after years of gloom the fishing port is enjoying a cautious revival after adopting […]

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Britons losing religious beliefs

Almost half of Britons doubt the existence of God or are confirmed atheists, research has found. The think-tank, Theos, has found that most of those who say they are Christians do not practise their religion. And as the country’s supermarkets fill up with chocolate eggs, it appears that many do not believe in the fundamentals […]

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Bishop Devine stands by gay 'conspiracy' views despite wave of criticism

A Catholic bishop yesterday in the face of protests confirmed his opinion that the gay community had launched a “conspiracy” against Christian tradition. Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Devine said there was a “gay lobby” which had purposely aligned itself with minority groups, including Holocaust survivors, to make it appear they were persecuted. Yesterday, Bishop Devine […]

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Foulkes tables Parly motion over 'un-Christian' gay attack

Lothians Labour MSP George Foulkes has branded a Catholic bishop’s comments “un-Christian”. Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Devine caused controversy by claiming that the gay community had launched what he called a “conspiracy” against Christian tradition. Now Mr Foulkes has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament expressing concern at “the hurt which will be caused […]

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Catholic bishop hits out at 'gay conspiracy' to destroy Christianity

One of Scotland’s most senior Catholics has launched an attack on the “gay lobby” in Scotland, claiming there is a “huge and well-orchestrated conspiracy” against Christian values. The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell and president of the Catholic Education Commission, said gay rights organisations aligned themselves with minority groups, such as Holocaust survivors, […]

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Fury at bishop's gay 'persecution' claim

Gay rights activists hit back yesterday after a Catholic bishop challenged the homosexual community’s attendance at the annual Holocaust memorial service. The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell and president of the Catholic Education Commission, said in a lecture that the gay lobby went to the memorial to present the “image of a group […]

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Catholic couple win first round in civil partnership row with police

A devout Catholic couple who object to their marital status being listed alongside civil partnerships have won the first round in an employment tribunal action against Scotland’s largest police force. Lucille and Frank McQuade, who have been married for 26 years, claim that Strathclyde Police is guilty of religious discrimination after altering its civilian employee […]

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Ex-pupil's 48 hours of hell at Good Shepherd centre

A former pupil at an abuse scandal residential school claims she was locked naked in a punishment room for two days. She said yesterday she was stripped, forced to sleep on a freezing concrete slab and had to urinate in a steel bucket. The Good Shepherd Centre is being probed over an ex-worker’s claims that […]

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