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Religious issues in Scotland

Religious issues in Scotland

Gay marriages backed by Episcopal Church

THE head of Scotland’s Episcopal Church has launched a veiled attack on the opposition from senior Catholics to same-sex marriage, claiming it raises “significant issues” about the “relationship between church and state”.

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Salmond to agree review of bigotry law

ALEX Salmond is preparing to agree to a formal review of his anti-sectarianism crackdown to appease critics who claim the measures he is proposing will prove to be either worthless or counter-productive.

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Uneasy pact over sectarianism, but gay marriage rift can only deepen

ALEX Salmond has offered a freedom of speech concession to opponents of his government’s anti-sectarian legislation in a bid to appease critics of the SNP’s contentious new laws.

Three more Kirk ministers join exodus over gay clergy

THREE more ministers are to leave the Church of Scotland amid the ongoing row over gay clergy.

We have been betrayed, says minister as he quits over gay clergy

AN ABERDEEN minister and his assistant are quitting the Church of Scotland in the growing row over the ordination of gay ministers.

US church targets Kirk stand on gays

THE NOTORIOUS Westboro Baptist Church, which regularly pickets high-profile funerals and public events in the United States, says Scotland is on its target list after the Kirk's landmark vote on the possible selection of gay and lesbian ministers.

Pope e-mail row referee chief settles sacking case out of court

A FORMER referees' chief who was sacked for sending an e-mail about the Pope and child abuse has settled his unfair dismissal case against the Scottish Football Association out of court.

Michael Turnbull: A treatise on David Hume's nature

As experts converge on Edinburgh to celebrate the birth of the philosopher, perhaps it's time to reconsider his views on religion

Court hears Celtic fan wrote racist and sectarian rants on Facebook

A CELTIC fan has admitted posting sectarian and racist comments on the internet after being trapped by a police crackdown on online abuse and hatred.

Letter: Seeing the light

MAY I enlighten you that in the Anglican Communion, whether the Episcopal Church or elsewhere, according to the Book of Common Prayer, clergy are ordained in the Holy Orders of Bishop, Priest and Deacon (your report, 19 July). Rome is not the only church with priests, or "ministers".

Analysis: Lonely journey from Canterbury to Rome

Probably the biggest noticeable impact from the ordination of Len Black as a Catholic priest will not be on the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion or even the 52,000 faithful in the Scottish Episcopal Church, - but on transportation and the environment.

From Anglican minister to Catholic priest - a historic first for Scotland

RELIGIOUS history has been made with the first ordination of a former Anglican clergyman in Scotland into the Catholic priesthood.

Call for end of monarch's Scots Presbyterian promise

THE 300-year-old promise made by monarchs to uphold Presbyterianism in Scotland should be dropped when Prince Charles succeeds to the throne, the National Secular Society has said.

All Scottish fans and players get code of conduct in crackdown on sectarianism

PLAYERS, officials and supporters of every team in Scottish football will be asked to abide by a code of conduct by the end of the new season, as part of efforts to root out sectarianism and disorder from the game.

Almost 2,000 children are reported for 'hate crimes'

NEARLY 2,000 children in Scottish schools and nurseries were reported to their local education authority for "hate crimes" in the last three years, according to official statistics.

'Zero-tolerance' to sectarianism at Glasgow Orange Order parade

Police have issued a warning that they will take a "zero-tolerance" approach to sectarian behaviour during tomorrow's Orange Order parade.

Island church's Kirk split bid fails

AN ISLAND congregation will not split from the Church of Scotland despite three quarters of its members voting to break away.

Police pledge tough approach to sectarianism at Orange Order parade

Special anti-sectarian officers will be deployed to police the Orange Order parade this weekend.

'Quit Church' ballot fails

AN ISLAND congregation is to remain within the Church of Scotland despite a huge majority of members voting to break away over the appointment of gay ministers.

'Many could quit Kirk' over gay ministers

ALLOWING openly gay ministers to preach in the Church of Scotland could drive "many other" congregations to secede from the Kirk, a minister warned last night.

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