Bishop Joseph Toal

Sectarian Scotland: Attitudes revealed in largest investigation into Catholics’ experiences

The largest ever survey of Scottish Catholics’ attitudes to sectarianism has found that many still believe it to be a serious problem for Scotland. The Conforti Institute’s Anti-Sectarianism Project report finds that many Catholics believe that sectarian bigotry still affects their lives. The listening project details meetings in parishes and other groups with hundreds of […]

Citizens Theatre

Theatre awarded £400,000 for plays and workshops on sectarianism

A Glasgow theatre is to be given £400,000 to host plays and workshops about sectarianism. The Citizens Theatre will use the £402,740 to hold performative [sic] events in primary schools across North Lanarkshire. The grant is part of a £861,558 pot of further investment in community projects to fight bigotry and sectarian attitudes. It comes […]

Dr Duncan Morrow

Sectarianism in Scotland goes beyond football, academics tell MSPs

Sectarianism in Scotland goes beyond football matches and working class west coast communities, academics have told MSPs. Members of an advisory group set up by the Scottish Government to look at the issue say it needs to be tackled with the same conviction as racism and homophobia. They were giving evidence on their report, published […]

Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon: Fans abuse was drunken, not sectarian

Celtic manager Neil Lennon today accused drunken Aberdeen fans of throwing missiles towards him at a League Cup tie on Saturday, but said it had not been a sectarian attack. Lennon left the Scottish League Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and St Johnstone at Tynecastle in Edinburgh 20 minutes before the end of the match after […]


Rangers fan David Limond jailed for sectarian threats

A Rangers fan who made sectarian threats to a journalist in a podcast has been jailed for six months. Internet “troll” David Limond, 41, of Ayr, was also given a three-year non-harassment order to protect victim Angela Haggerty. He called Ms Haggerty “Taig of the day”, encouraged listeners to abuse her on Twitter and used […]


Anti-sectarian football legislation could face early review

An early review of controversial laws intended to stamp out religious sectarian abuse at football matches is being considered by MSPs. Fans groups have raised concerns about how the legislation is working. Holyrood’s justice committee now wants the Scottish government, the Lord Advocate and the police to respond to the issues highlighted. When the new […]

Dr Duncan Morrow

Sectarianism is a Scotland-wide issue, report warns

Scotland should stop denying the existence of sectarianism and start a national push to eradicate it, the leader of a Scottish Government taskforce set up to rid the country of religious hatred says today. Dr Duncan Morrow, chairman of Alex Salmond’s sectarianism advisory group, argues that acknowledging the bigotry that blights Scotland would be an […]

Barack Obama

Catholics fire back at Obama over school comments: ‘Anti-faith, secular agenda shamelessly on full display’

Speaking in Ireland this week, President Obama stated that Catholic schools were divisive: “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.” On Thursday, the American Catholics for […]


Charity to bridge the sectarian divide in Glasgow’s deaf community

“If we can start to understand and come together as one voice more often, they would have a much louder voice,” says Carole Lyons. She is talking about the deaf community in Glasgow and, unusually, she is also talking about sectarianism. The chief executive of Deaf Connections is about to try and tackle the problem […]


Peter Kearney: Scotland has an issue with anti-Catholicism. That’s a fact … and we have to face it

The matter of anti-Catholicism in Scotland is usually guaranteed to spark fierce debate, writes Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office. Amazingly, discussion of the subject tends not to be about how best to tackle it but rather about whether or not it exists. It is both bizarre and frustrating to see that […]

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