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Bishops Conference of Scotland Meeting: November 2015

A summary report of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland meeting 9-11 November 2015. 

Implementation Plan of the Recommendations of the McLellan Report

The Bishops have approved this Plan as the way ahead in implementing the recommendations of the McLellan Commission.

Mass for France

Following the terror attacks in Paris last Friday Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, will offer a Mass for France

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia sends message of support to the Archbishop of Paris

The President of the Bishops' conference of Scotland, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has sent a message of support to the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Vingt-Trois

Public service is "worthy, generous and good" Bishop tells MSP's

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, the Bishop of Aberdeen, delivered the Time for Reflection in the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday 3 November) at 2pm.

House of Lord's vote on Tax Credits

Archbishop Tartaglia comments on House of Lord's vote on Tax Credits

Scottish delegation travel to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families

For the first time ever, the Catholic Church in Scotland will be officially represented at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, between 22 and 25 September 2015.  

Catholic Bishops offer support to refugees

In a letter to Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the President of Scotland’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference has offered to assist the Scottish Government in accepting refugees.

Response to McLellan Commission

Following the publication earlier today a “Review of Safeguarding Protocols and Procedures” by a Commission chaired by the Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan, the Catholic Bishops of Scotland have welcomed the report and accepted its recommendations in full.

Church responds to McLellan Commission Report


You are invited to send a reporter, photographer, camera crew to St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Clyde Street, Glasgow on Tuesday 18 August for 1pm, when Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, will formally respond to the publication of the Report of The McLellan Commission.

Fr.Dan Fitzpatrick is new Roman Rector


Acting on the proposal of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has appointed Fr.Daniel Fitzpatrick as the next Rector of the Pontifical Scots College succeeding Monsignor John Hughes.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia welcomes publication of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si”

Commenting on the publication today (18 June) of  the Pope’s Encyclical letter, Archbishop Tartaglia said; 

"I welcome Pope Francis wide-ranging instruction, Laudato Si (Praise Be) on the care of God’s creation

Charles Kennedy Funeral - Additional Information

Charles Kennedy Funeral - Additional Information

Archbishop Tartaglia on the death of Charles Kennedy

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia on the great loss to politics following the tragic death of Charles Kennedy.

Pope Francis puts family at the heart of communication

In a pastoral letter which will be read at all 500 Catholic parishes in Scotland this weekend (16/17 May, 2015) to mark the 49th World Communications Day, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia calls on all Catholics to embrace the role of the family as the true building block of a good society

Science and religion intertwined writes Bishop Keenan

Writing in today’s Scotsman (12 May 2015) Bishop John Keenan, the Bishop of Paisley describes the Catholic Church and the science as "conjoined twins in the advancement of knowledge”

Bishops urge Catholics to cast their vote

In a pastoral letter which will be read at all 500 Catholic churches in Scotland this weekend (11/12 April) Scotland's Catholic Bishops, will urge parishioners to participate in the 2015 General Election and to be informed by the teachings of the Church.

Bishops thank Parliamentary Officer for service

Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have thanked their Parliamentary Officer Mr John Deighan for his “resolute and dedicated service” to the Bishops’’ Conference over the past 16 years.

Church welcomes Pope Francis’ decision to accept Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation

Church welcomes Pope Francis’ decision to accept Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation

Statement from Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Statement from Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

400 Aniversary Mass for St. John Ogilvie

Pope Francis has sent a special envoy to Glasgow to mark the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie

Little Sisters of the Poor Home, Wellburn, Dundee

In October of 2014 the Little Sisters of the Poor announced, that due to a shortage of Vocations they could no longer continue their mission at the Wellburn Care Home in Dundee

Catholic Church endorses Jewish call for end to anti-Semitism

The Catholic Church in Scotland has endorsed the all-party statement condemning anti-Semitism and released by the Jewish community today.

Ordination of new Bishop of Galloway.

The Episcopal Ordination of Fr William Nolan as the new Bishop of Galloway will take place at the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock on Saturday 14 February 2015 at 11am.

Scottish Bishops ask Pope's senior child protection adviser to advise them on safeguarding.

Scottish Bishops ask Pope's senior child protection adviser to advise them on safeguarding.

Bishop Keenan on three person embryos

Following today's vote in the House of Commons to allow three person embryos, Bishop John Keenan, the Bishop of Paisley said;

"The proposed techniques fail on a number of ethical grounds which should concern us all:

Archbishop Tartaglia returns home.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, arrived home earlier this evening Monday 26th January.

Updated medical bulletin on Archbishop Tartaglia

The Archbishop condition has markedly improved.  This afternoon he will leave the University Hospital of Salamanca and return to the Royal Scots College.

Archbishop Tartaglia suffers heart attack

After feeling unwell, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia was admitted to hospital in Salamanca on Thursday 22 January.
Following initial treatment and tests at the University hospital in Salamanca it has been confirmed that he has suffered a heart attack.

Catholic Bishops Publish Annual Safeguarding Audit

In accordance with best practice and in line with a commitment given in 2013, Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have today, 16 December 2014 published the Diocesan Safeguarding Audit for 2013.