Catholic MP with ashes on her forehead causes stir in the Commons

CP&S comment: It is not easy to give bold witness to our Christian Faith in a world not only growing increasingly secular, but in western nations at least, one that is often openly hostile towards Christian expressions of Faith. However, Jesus Christ said: “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:26). May we find the courage to stand firm in adversity, never cowering for fear of negative reactions from others, and that through our lives to proclaim Christ and His Words of Eternal Life.

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By Staff Reporter (on The Catholic Herald) posted 3 March, 2017

MP Carol Monaghan on Ash Wednesday

MP Carol Monaghan on Ash Wednesday

Carol Monaghan said that most people did not know what the symbol meant

Catholic MP Carol Monaghan has said that having ashes on her forehead at a Commons select committee meeting turned into a teaching moment when a number of colleagues did not know what the symbol meant.

The MP for Glasgow North West told the BBC that she was not embarrassed to appear on television displaying the mark.

“When I came into committee, one of the members asked me about it. I said ‘it’s Ash Wednesday’ and they said ‘but this is going to be broadcast’.

“I think they just thought I didn’t want to be embarrassed – but I was not going to rub it off,” Monaghan said.

She added that most religions display their faith visibly through symbols and clothing and that Catholics shouldn’t feel embarrassed to do so too.

Before becoming an SNP MP in 2015, Monaghan was a physics teacher at a state school and said that because of that experience she was used to people asking questions about the meaning behind the mark.

“I am happy to answer their questions. For me it is an educational opportunity,” she said.

In 2011, Bishop Kieran Conry encouraged Catholics not to rub ashes off their foreheads after they receive the blessing because it provides Christians with an opportunity to evangelise.

He said: “The wearing of the ashes provides us with a wonderful opportunity to share with people how important our faith is to us and to point them to the cross of Christ. I invite you where possible to attend a morning or lunchtime Mass.”

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3 Responses to Catholic MP with ashes on her forehead causes stir in the Commons

  1. johnhenrycn says:

    Respect for Carol Monaghan.

  2. toadspittle says:

    “In 2011, Bishop Kieran Conry encouraged Catholics not to rub ashes off their foreheads after they receive the blessing because it provides Christians with an opportunity to evangelise.”
    Why not then, have a cross permanently tattooed on each of our foreheads, and evangelise from that?
    (…You go first, though.)

    Toad’s forehead is so tiny ( and with an even smaller n brain behind it ) that all he could get tattooed on there would be a full stop.

  3. Mandy says:

    Most people, including the majority of Catholics, don’t know anything about Catholic teaching and the meaning behind traditions and holy days. The Catholic Church has done a very poor job instructing Catholics on the teachings of the Catholic Church and there is no uniformity between the Churches. You can go to any 3 Catholic Churches in your area and prayers and songs will be different. With the exception of the Eucharist and a few other rites, everything else is different. It’s gotten to the point where there is so much disparity that the majority of Catholics are truly confused as to what is expected of them when attending mass.

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