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27 September
Sep 27
27th September 2016

‘The democracy project is in serious trouble around the world, and the basic reasons for that are cultural’ writes George Weigel, the Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Centre, Washington, in The Scotsman, Tuesday 27 September.   The last decade has proven, writes Weigel, that a culture without agreed moral reference points to guide its public life cannot sustain democratic self-governance over time. Democracy, he argues, will ultimately fail if not sustained by “men and women committed to the dignity of the human person as the first principle of just governance and dedicated to the pursuit of the common good.”   The answer to the West’s cultural incoherence, Weigel claims, lies not in a new authoritarianism, xenophobic n...

| 04th August 2016 | News Releases, Blogging
4 August
Aug 4
04th August 2016

“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".    Quoting Pope Francis, he says, “Our various religious traditions serve society primarily by the message they proclaim. ...

| 28th July 2016 | News Releases, Blogging
28 July
Jul 28
28th July 2016

Pope Francis has today announced the creation of an Eparchy in Great Britain for the faithful of the Syro-Malabar Rite. The Syro-Malabar Church is an early Christian community in India which traces its origin to the arrival of St. Thomas, the Apostle, in 52 AD.   The Eparchy which is a jurisdiction similar to a Diocese will be governed by an Eparch. The Pope has appointed Fr. Joseph Srampickal, a priest of the Eparchy of Palai, at present Vice-Rector of Propaganda Fide College as the first Eparch.   The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the 22 Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome. It is the second largest Eastern Catholic Church after the Ukrainian Church and the largest of the St Thomas Christian (Nazrani) denominations with 4.6 million belie...

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