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General Election 2019 

In a pastoral letter which will be read at all 500 Catholic churches in Scotland this weekend (23/24 November) Scotland's Catholic Bishops, will urge parishioners to participate in the 2019 General Election and to “elect an individual representative who reflects as closely as possible our beliefs”. Scotland’s Catholic Bishops warn that “a creeping intolerance towards religious belief” has become “a part of life”. The full text of the letter is shown below: General Election 2019 A letter from the Catholic Bishops of Scotland This General Election presents us with an opportunity to elect an individual representative who reflects as closely as possible our beliefs. It allows us to revisit Ca

Supporting Catholic Education

On Tuesday 26th November around 5pm the Scottish Parliament will host a debate on the positive contribution of Catholic Schools in Scotland. The briefing, below, has been sent to every MSP in advance of the debate, which will be led by Elaine Smith MSP. Please contact your MSP and encourage them to attend. You can find their contact details here: https://www.parliament.scot/msps.aspx. Many MSPs are also active on Twitter. You might also want to tell your MSP about the positive contribution of Catholic schools in your area and encourage them to speak about this during the debate. You can watch the debate live on Parliament TV here: https://www.scottishparliament.tv/. Thank you for you

Bishops' Conference Meeting

The Bishops’ Conference held their November meeting at Schoenstatt retreat centre from 4 to 6 November. All eight of Scotland’s bishops attended. The meeting was chaired by Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Conference. The bishops received reports from a number of agency Directors and National Commission members and discussed a range of issues of interest to the church. Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) Director, Barbara Coupar reported on the recent work of SCES. She advised that a number of Local Authorities, including; North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, Dundee, Argyll & Bute and Renfrewshire have confirmed that they will not revi

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