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Pope Benedict XVI confirms he will visit scotland.

Posted by SCMO on 5th February 2010 in Christianity |
Friday 5 February 2010Pope Benedict XVI confirms he will visit scotland.Addressing scotland's Catholic bishops in Rome today, the Pope has confirmed he will travel to scotland later this year as part of his UK visit. Responding to an address by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the Pope said; "Later this year, I shall have the joy of being present with you and the Catholics of scotland on your native soil."In his remarks, Pope Benedict spoke against euthanasia and sectarianism and gave vocal support to scotland's catholic schools saying; "Faith schools are a powerful force for social cohesion"Referring to the Reformation 450 years ago which he described as a "great ruptur...

scotland's Catholic bishops meet the Pope

Posted by SCMO on 3rd April 2003 in Christianity |
The bishops of scotland as part of their "Ad Limina" (five yearly) visit to Rome, this morning enjoyed a private audience with Pope John Paul II. The audience followed a Mass in the Pope's private chapel, which the bishops concelebrated with the Pope. Also present were 11 seminarians as well as the rector and staff of the Scots College in Rome.In his address to the Pope, Archbishop Keith O'Brien, President of the bishops' conference of scotland said;"your Holiness, our first thought as the bishops of scotland is to thank you for your twenty-five years of service as Pope and to indicate to you that we look forward to the celebrations which will take place in Rome...

Cardinal praises "dedication and commitment" of Catholic teachers

Posted by SCMO on 30th April 2008 in Christianity |
Wednesday 30 April 2008Cardinal praises "dedication and commitment" of Catholic teachersSpeaking at the conference of Catholic secondary Head teachers at Crief Hydro on Thursday 1 June 2008 Cardinal Keith O'Brien in a keynote address will pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of scotland's Catholic Head teachers and their staff while acknowledging the continued success of Catholic schools.Cardinal O'Brien will also highlight his disappointment that so few media outlets seem to provide positive coverage of Catholic education, preferring instead to give "disproportionate space for the expression of the old rhetoric of suspicion and hostility when there is s...

Response to McLellan Commission

Posted by SCMO on 18th August 2015 in Christianity | McLellan Commission, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
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.   The report comprises a detailed assessment of all aspects of Safeguarding within the church and can be viewed here:   In the report preface, Dr. McLellan notes: “The invitation to chair this Commission came from the bishopsconference of the Catholic Church in scotland. When I accepted it I made it clear that I did not feel that my first re...

scotland "inextricably linked" to Christian heritage

Posted by SCMO on 19th May 2005 in Christianity |
scotland "inextricably linked" to its Christian heritage says Cardinal.  In a speech to be delivered this evening at the "Holyrood Dialogues" debate in Edinburgh, Cardinal Keith O'Brien will address the question: 'scotland: Christian or Secular'.  In his speech, the Cardinal will say;  "in the year 397 the arrival (of St. Ninian) saw the beginning of scotland s immersion in a ˜Sea of Faith . This tide of Christian faith which washed over our land has ebbed and flowed ever since but has never completely receded."  In arguing that Christian influence remains strong in scotland, Cardinal O'Brien refers to;  "the increasing influence of the Christian churches...


Posted by SCMO on 2nd April 2005 in Christianity |
Following the death this evening of Pope John Paul II, below is the text of obituary tributes from each of scotland's eight Catholic bishops.  For further information, please follow this link:  For details of:  The Biography of Pope John Paul II  Information on the Election of a Pope  A report on the Pope's 1982 visit to scotland  OBITUARY FOR POPE JOHN PAUL II  CARDINAL KEITH PATRICK O BRIEN  ARCHBISHOP of ST ANDREWS AND EDINBURGH  PRESIDENT of THE bishops conference of scotland  Introduction:  It will be very many years before the full influence of Pope John Paul II on the Catholic Church and on...
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