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Glasgow Catholic adoption society wins legal victory

Glasgow Catholic adoption society wins legal victory

The community of St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society has reacted with joy and relief after the Scottish Charity Appeal Panel today ruled that the agency can keep its charitable status and continue to operate. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, president of St Margaret’s, said the community is ‘grateful’ for the ‘wise decision.’ In […]

Fr Matthew Despard

Court tells priest suspended over ‘sexual bullying’ exposé to quit parish house

A priest suspended for alleging a culture of homosexual bullying within the Catholic Church in Scotland has lost a legal challenge over access to his parish house. Parishioners in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, have been told an interdict was granted at Hamilton Sheriff Court forbidding Father Matthew Despard, who has been suspended since last November, from preventing […]

Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch

UK to shelter Syrian refugees on its own terms

The coalition Government is to allow hundreds of refugees from the Syrian civil war in to Britain, but the leader of Syria’s Catholics says that fleeing to the West is not a real solution and more most be done to alleviate the suffering within his country. Damascus-based Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch […]

Obituary: Hugh Quinn Farmer

Obituary: Hugh Quinn Farmer

Hugh Farmer, who has died aged 77, was one of Scotland’s most prolific and hard working journalists and former editor of the Scottish Catholic Observer. He enjoyed a career spanning five decades and enthusiastically covered every aspect of Scottish life. He began his career on The Eastern Standard before graduating to The Daily Express, the […]

Woman who stabbed neighbour to death while high on Buckfast and Valium is jailed for life

Woman who stabbed neighbour to death while high on Buckfast and Valium is jailed for life

A woman who was like a wild animal when she brutally murdered a mother-of-two after a silly row has been caged for life. A trial heard how Lorraine Foy’s terrified teenage daughters saw their 36-year-old mum stabbed to death in a frenzied attack in a Glasgow street. Minutes earlier there had been a “shouting match” […]

Terry Chimes

Clash drummer describes his return to Catholicism

The original drummer from renowned punk rock band, The Clash, has written about his spiritual reawakening in his new book. In his autobiography, The Strange Case of Doctor Terry and Mr Chimes, baptised Catholic Terry Chimes, who drummed on The Clash’s eponymous debut album and toured with the band in the early 1980s, writes about […]

Fr Matthew Despard

Priest changes locks in battle against parish house eviction

An outspoken priest suspended for alleging a culture of homosexual bullying within the Catholic Church in Scotland is facing legal action to remove him from the parish house. Father Matthew Despard, who has been suspended since last November, is alleged to be refusing to leave at the presbytery house of St John Ogilvie, High Blantyre, […]

Bishop Stephen Robson

Cardinal Keith O’Brien should be forgiven, says new Bishop of Dunkeld

The new Bishop of Dunkeld says that not to forgive Cardinal Keith O’Brien would be “gravely wrong” but that the disgraced archbishop needs to make reparation for the harm he has done. Speaking after his installation at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee, last week, Bishop Stephen Robson acknowledged that “hypocrisy” was the greatest criticism facing the […]

Pope Idol

Pope Francis is no liberal: Trendy commentators have fallen in love with a pope of their own invention

On the last day of 2013, one of the weirdest religious stories for ages appeared on the news wires, writes Luke Coppen. The Vatican had officially denied that Pope Francis intended to abolish sin. It sounded like a spoof, but wasn’t. Who had goaded the Vatican into commenting on something so improbable? It turned out […]

Elaine Smith MSP

MSP praises Pope on supporting breastfeeding

A motion has been put before the Scottish parliament congratulating Pope Francis on encouraging breastfeeding. The motion was brought by Elaine Smith, the MSP for Coatbridge and Chryston. “That the Parliament commends the actions of Pope Francis, who recently encouraged breastfeeding in public; recognises that this took place in the Sistine Chapel [above] on 12 […]

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