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Roman Catholic bishops’ olive branch to divorcees

Roman Catholic bishops [in England] have offered an olive branch to divorcees and single parents urging priests and parishioners to do more to welcome those not in “conventional family situations”. The call, in a series of letters read at services, comes ahead of a major gathering in Rome next year which will discuss the possibility […]

Fire in Holy Cross Parish Church grounds was deliberate

Fire in Holy Cross Parish Church grounds was deliberate

A fire in the grounds of a church in the south side of Glasgow was started deliberately, police have said. The blaze broke out at a garage within the Holy Cross Parish Church site in Dixon Avenue, Govanhill, at 03:15. The structure was badly damaged along with Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris cars. The fire […]

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MSPs endorse gay marriage bill

Legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland has been backed by the Holyrood committee looking into the proposals. Most MSPs on the equal opportunities committee endorsed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill. But some members were either not convinced by the bill, or had concerns that it lacked adequate protections. The legislation still needs to […]

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Church tells army to stop recruiting under-18s

The Church of Scotland has joined calls for the Ministry of Defence to raise the minimum army enlistment age to 18. The Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Kirk’s church and society council, is among a number of co-signatories to an open letter from the campaign group Child Soldiers International, calling for an end to […]

Rev David Robertson

Minister explodes as ‘puritanical’ secularists call for ban on ‘religious’ bonfire nights

A Free Church minister has described the Edinburgh Secular Society (ESS) as “puritanical killjoys of the 21st century” following their call to ban bonfire night for ‘religious reasons’. In a Sunday newspaper the ESS claimed that Guy Fawkes events “should have been stopped years ago” because of their religious connotations and “anti-Catholic” undertones. ESS spokesman […]

John Finnie MSP

MSP launches bid to remove religion from education committees

A Highland MSP has launched a bid to stop religious input on education issues across Scotland. Independent John Finnie has submitted a Private Members Bill proposal seeking to abolish the mandatory appointment of religious representatives on local authorities’ education committees. The Bill also seeks to ensure that all public meetings of councils are webcast. Mr […]

The Italian Chapel in Orkney

Former prisoner of war returns to Orkney’s Italian Chapel

A former prisoner of war has returned to Scotland to visit the famous chapel he helped build during the Second World War. Gino Caprara, now 93, worked on the Italian Chapel 
on Lamb Holm in Orkney during his three-year stay on the island ­between 1942 and 1945. The Italian made the pilgrimage both to see […]

James MacMillan

Composer James MacMillan to revive sacred church chants

One of Scotland’s leading composers is leading a new initiative to revive and promote chant-based worship in the Catholic church in Scotland. James MacMillan, who was commissioned to compose much of the music for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK in September 2010, has established a new body, Musica Sacra Scotland, which […]

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EDL: Did the Catholic Church get to Tommy Robinson?

I met Stephen Lennon/Tommy Robinson once, in Luton, writes Ed West. Dreadful place – I’d wear a niqab just to reduce my view of the appalling architecture (like in Birmingham, the hub of the town is a shopping centre surrounded by a sort of ring road). I never liked the [English Defence League's] tactics, nor […]

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Lap dancing seven nights a week in Inverness ‘panders to the worst in people’

A controversial lap dancing club in Inverness is applying for permission to open seven nights a week. Private Eyes Gentlemen’s Club in Academy Street is seeking consent from licensing officials to extend its opening hours from five to seven nights, which would allow it to run further lapdancing sessions. The issue will be decided at a meeting […]

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