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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...

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...

Catholic Church appoints new parliamentary Office Director

Posted by SCMO on 22nd July 2016 in Blogging |

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, has announced the appointment of a new Director of the Catholic parliamentary Office. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops’ Conference offered congratulations to Anthony Horan who will direct the work of the Catholic parliamentary Office from 25 July 2016.   Archbishop Tartaglia said:   “I congratulate Anthony on his appointment as Director of the Catholic parliamentary Office. Together with all the bishops I look forward to working with him in future as he represents the Church in the political sphere. Anthony’s demonstrable knowledge of and commitment to his Catholic fa...

Response to Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill

Posted by SCMO on 17th September 2014 in Christianity |

Responding this week (15 September) to the Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill, the Catholic parliamentary Office on behalf of the Bishops Conference of Scotland has made clear its objection to an opt-out system of organ donation as it removes the important principle of consent in our legal system and undermines the integrity of the person  The response goes on to state, that; The present system recognises the importance of genuine consent in the treatment of persons and the charitable nature of organ donation which is based on a gratuitous act of kindness on behalf of the donor.  The parliamentary Office response also goes on to uphold the...

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...

“Faith should be allowed to play a role in public life”

Posted by SCMO on 4th August 2016 in Blogging |

“Faith should be allowed to play a role in public life” writes newly-appointed Director of the Scottish Catholic parliamentary Office.   Writing in today's Scotsman (Thursday 4 August) Anthony Horan counters claims that society is becoming less religious simply because increasing numbers of people no longer tick a “church” box on census forms suggesting this doesn’t mean they are not interested in the spiritual dimension of life or religious belief. Rather, the national census still shows that most Scots consider themselves Christian, while an overwhelming majority describe themselves as "spiritual".  &nb...
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