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The man with the pierced heart.

JIM LAWLOR The man with the pierced heart. A Glasgow parish priest offers a reflection on priesthood for the Jubilee Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, which runs from December 2015 to November 2016.  It focuses on different groups within the church in the course of the year.  June 3rd, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is the Jubilee of Mercy for Priests.  Few religious icons have suffered as much from outré spirituality and worse art so it isn’t [more]

Is canon law fit for purpose?

HELEN COSTIGANE  Is canon law fit for purpose? Academic and canon lawyer Dr Helen Costigane prompted a lively discussion when she addressed the question of whether canon law is fit for purpose at a meeting of the Glasgow Newman circle.  This is an edited version of her talk. There is a scene from the 1970’s film, The Life of Brian, in which members of the political group, the People’s Front of Judaea, are plotting revolution against their Roman imperialist masters.  One of the [more]

A gift fae the giftie

PAUL YOUNGER Last month we invited readers to reflect on the challenges facing the new Scottish government.  Here a Geordie Catholic who lives and works in Scotland asks what has become of solidarity and subsidiarity. I came to live in Glasgow in 2012, in perfect time to witness some of the most dramatic events in recent Scottish history.  As a lifelong Caledoniaphile, and the first public spokesperson for the erstwhile Campaign for a Northern (English) Assembly, I crossed the Border with great [more]

Open House June 2016

Open House held a conference on the role of lay people in the governance of the Catholic Church in November 2013. See conference papers.