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Tag Archives: Roman Catholic Church

Secret papers reveal Catholic Church opposed HIV education in 1980s

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  Formerly classified documents have revealed that the Roman Catholic Church opposed government plans for sex education to combat the growing number of HIV/AIDS related deaths during the 1980s. The Herald reported today that the church effectively “acted as a roadblock to efforts to halt an explosion of deaths in Scotland”. Records of a UK Government committee that was established ...

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Catholic Church in Scotland supports tackling school-based homophobia

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  The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has indicated its support for tackling homophobia in Scottish schools, as the debate surrounding LGBTI inclusive education progresses. A spokesperson for the Catholic Church in Scotland, speaking with the Sunday Herald in relation to the objectives of the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign to better equip teachers, stated: “The Church is working with the Catholic Head Teacher ...

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Belief Matters…Or Not? Is the Catholic Church entering a new era of openness?

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  It wasn’t that long ago the then leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, described homosexuality as “demonstrably harmful” and the then Pope, Benedict XVI, described it as “objectively disordered”. For those of us who are Catholics, those were dark days when we were being condemned and vilified, while clerical abuse of children was being swept ...

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Catholicism, Mercy and Liberation

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  In “Just Good Friends” lesbian feminist theologian Elizabeth Stuart compares responses to sexuality and gender to a football match where LGBT people are the spectators. She suggests when liberal players get the ball they stand in the middle unable to decide which goal to aim for: they want to maintain church unity while offering a degree of support to ...

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Coming Oot: The fabulous history of Gay Scotland

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Narrated by actor Richard Wilson and featuring the voices and faces of those who lived in Scotland when male homosexual behaviour was illegal, last night’s BBC documentary The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland took us on a roller coaster of a journey from the 1950s to the present. In attempting to answer the question of why a nation that seemed ...

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Belief Matters…or Not? The Christmas Gift: Liberation

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  An imperialist tyrant instructs his staff to ensure everyone travels to particular locations to be counted, thus causing serious problems for many people. One couple, a blue collar worker and his pregnant wife, are forced to travel to a distant town, during which time they are not earning any money. After a long and difficult journey, they find there ...

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Priest behind “gay mafia” claims guilty of defamation

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A Roman Catholic priest, who accused a “powerful gay Mafia” of being the driving force behind sexual bullying within the Catholic Church in Scotland, has been found guilty of defamation against fellow clergymen and parishioners. Fr Matthew Despard, of St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, published a book entitled “Priesthood in Crisis“, in which he made the claims that sexual ...

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Should we “think Church” before we vote?

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“Think ‘church’ before you vote – and punish candidates who believe in marriage equality (i.e. don’t believe in the ‘sanctity of marriage’”). That’s the view of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Paisley, Rt Rev John Keenan, who was one of the authors of a “pastoral letter” read in every Scottish Catholic church last Sunday. The faithful were told that “life, ...

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