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Catholic Church's Parliamentary Officer accuses LGBT groups of "intolerance and intimidation"

Posted by SCMO on 28th October 2012 in Christianity |

Sunday 28 October 2012Catholic Church's Parliamentary Officer accuses LGBT groups of "intolerance and intimidation"In a strongly worded opinion piece in today's "Sunday Express" the Catholic Church's Parliamentary Officer john deighan has accused leading LGBT campaigners including a Scottish MSP of "intolerance and intimidation"john deighan also charges Gay rights charity Stonewall of displaying stridency and aggression with its ˜Bigot of the Year award, created to intimidate anyone who criticises their agenda.Mr deighan details some of the intemperate and hateful attacks to which he and others have been subject, simply because they expressed public support f...

Bishops thank Parliamentary Officer for service

Posted by SCMO on 23rd March 2015 in Christianity | john deighan, SPUC, parliamentary officer

Scotland s Catholic Bishops have thanked their Parliamentary Officer Mr john deighan for his resolute and dedicated service to the Bishops Conference over the past 16 years. Mr deighan, who leaves to take up the post of Chief Executive Officer of SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) Scotland next month became the Catholic Church s Parliamentary Officer in 1999 at the inception of the Scottish Parliament. Commenting on the move, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops Conference said; john has provided dedicated and energetic service to the church in Scotland for 16 years and we wish him well in his new role. His ability to s...

Church responds to Scottish executives consultation on 'Religious Hatred'.

Posted by SCMO on 3rd December 2003 in Christianity |

Church responds to Scottish executives consultation on 'Religious Hatred'.(NB: The full text of the response is reproduced below.) The Catholic Bishops of Scotland have today responded to the Scottish Executive's consultation on 'Religious Hatred' in a three page submission, they comment; "(In responding) we wish to express our firm commitment, and that of the Catholic community, in striving to foster a culture in Scotland which recognises the equal dignity of all persons" They add however; " A historical understanding of prejudice and religious hatred,is however a fundamental pre-requisite to progress, legislation which forms the constitution of the United K...

Reaction to Embryology "Free Vote"

Posted by SCMO on 25th March 2008 in Christianity |

Reaction to Embryology "Free Vote"Tuesday 25 March 2008Reacting to the announcement today by Gordon Brown that Labour MP's will be allowed a 'free vote' on aspects of the "Human fertilisation and Embryology Bill", the Parliamentary Officer of the Catholic Church in Scotland, john deighan commented:"This is a belated acknowledgement that these are important issues of conscience but still leaves Labour MP's in a position where they may have to vote for something which they believe to be intrinsically wrong, since the 'free vote' only applies to amendments to the Bill so at a later stage the Government will still compel them to back it.'Mr deighan added;"Ultimately...

Bishop Tartaglia launches Pro Life Group in Paisley

Posted by SCMO on 8th May 2006 in Christianity |

Bishop Philip Tartaglia gave the inaugural talk at a new Pro Life Group in the Diocese of Paisley last night (Sunday 7 May).  Almost one hundred people filled the Cathedral Hall at St.Mirins in Paisley, to hear the Bishop endorse the new group and give it his blessing.  In his address Archbishop Tartaglia criticised the idea that "force is the basis of rights" arguing that legal abortion means that a state accepts; "that the rights of the weak can be violated, in short, that the right of force prevails over the force of rights"  The group aims to organise monthly meetings which will alternate between talks by outside speakers and prayer and reflection meeting...

Parliamentary Officer for Catholic Church

Posted by SCMO on 26th May 1999 in Christianity |

The Bishops' Conference is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr john deighan (32) as Parliamentary Officer.He will take up his appointment on 14th June.Married with three children, john is presently a Lecturer in Systems Analysis and Design at Motherwell College.A graduate of Paisley College (B.Sc. Hons Physics) with Post-Graduate Studies at the University of Strathclyde (M.Sc. Information Technology Systems).  john has gained wide experience in the political arena through his involvement in the Trade Union Movement, Pro-Life work, the Movement for Christian Democracy and election campaigning.A former pupil of St Brendan's High School, Linwood, john has ex...
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