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Councillors urged to support Ayrshire’s Catholics by rejecting moves to remove voting rights for church reps on East Ayrshire Council’s education committee.

Posted by SCMO on 20th September 2019 in Blogging |
20 September 2019   The Bishop of Galloway, Bishop William Nolan wants them to urge local councillors to support Ayrshire’s Catholic community and vote against any such moves to ensure its schools catholic ethos is maintained.   He warned that if the proposal to remove voting rights from church reps, advanced by the National Secular Society and the Humanist Society Scotland was passed, it would “would weaken the Church’s voice and would do nothing to enhance Catholic education”.   In a message to be distributed at Sunday mass in churches across Ayrshire this weekend  (21 & 22 September 2019) Bishop Nolan says: “given that the Diocese of G...

Christmas Messages from the Catholic Bishops of Scotland

Posted by SCMO on 17th December 2019 in Blogging |
17th December 2019   Bishop Hugh Gilbert – Bishop of Aberdeen and President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland   May I wish everyone a joyful Christmas and all good things for 2020! We don’t know the future, but we do know that God is with us – always, everywhere. And that changes everything.   What can we wish for others, for our family and friends, for ourselves? What about change? That might sound rude. But not if it’s meant well. Christmas – God with us – changes everything and something can shift in us through celebrating it. Something new can enter and change our standard selves.   At Christmas – at the Annunciation, to be p...

The ordination of Rev. James Bell

Posted by SCMO on 2nd March 2005 in Christianity |
The ordination of Rev. James Bell, a former priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church, has taken place in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Inverness. Although former Anglican priests, including married priests, have already been ordained as Catholic priests in England, and some have been given posts in Scotland, this is the first such ordination ceremony to take place North of the Border.  James Bell, who is in his sixties, has extensive pastoral experience within the Anglican Communion in London and in Peterborough, and in Scottish Episcopal Church charges in Easter Ross and in Sutherland. He was ordained by Bishop Peter Moran, the Bishop of Aberdeen in a ceremony...

Archbishop Conti's Welcome Address to Pope Benedict

Posted by SCMO on 16th September 2010 in Christianity |
At the start of the mass at Bellahouston Park tomorrow, Archbishop MarioConti (as the Archbishop of the diocese in which the celebration willtake place) will formally welcome the Pope to Scotland and the UK onbehalf of the Catholic Church in these islands. The text of his welcomeaddress follows.Welcome to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVIfrom the Most Reverend Mario Conti, Archbishop of GlasgowBellahouston Park 16th September 2010Most Holy Father,Praised be Jesus Christ!Welcome to Glasgow, entitled by one of your predecessors SpecialisFilia Romanae Ecclesiae - the Special Daughter of the Roman Church.Welcome to Scotland, to the whole of which another of your prede...

Cardinal O'Brien thanks Pope for being "Honorary Scot"

Posted by SCMO on 19th September 2010 in Christianity |
Sunday 19 September 2010 Cardinal O'Brien thanks Pope for being "Honorary Scot" In his farewell address to Pope Benedict XVI delivered at Oscott College in Birmingham today, Cardinal Keith O'Brien the President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland will thank the pope for agreeing to be "an honorary Scot for the day" on Thursday (16 September). As Britain's senior Catholic, Cardinal O'Brien addressed his farewell remarks to the pope at the end of his four day visit to Scotland and England. The Cardinal ended by assuring the Pope that the Catholiuc Church would work to "build on the legacy of your visit for many years to come as we go forward affirmed so su...

150th anniversary of Saint Mary's Cathedral, Aberdeen

Posted by SCMO on 4th October 2010 in Christianity |
150th anniversary of Saint Mary's Cathedral, Aberdeen  The Cathedral Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Aberdeen, celebrates its 150th anniversary on Tuesday 5th October 2010 with a solemn mass at 6.30 p.m.  As well as Cardinal Keith O'Brien and Archbishop Mario Conti, most of the bishops of Scotland, distinguished guests will include Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg in Germany, which is twinned with Aberdeen, and Monsignor Brian Udaigwe, Chargé d Affaires at the Nunciature in London, representing the Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, who is recovering from illness.  Also invited are church leaders from other denominations and c...
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