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Church responds to critics of Safeguarding strategy

Posted by SCMO on 2nd November 2016 in Blogging |
In a response to a letter sent by the former Chair of the Commission examining Safeguarding Protocols in the Catholic Church, the Assistant General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference has rejected claims that the recommendations produced by the McLellan Commission are not being implemented.   In a letter sent to the Bishops' Conference by Rev. Andrew McLellan, the former commission chair claims that action is not being taken, survivors are not being supported and independent scrutiny is not being introduced.   Responding to the letter, the Assistant General Secretary of the Conference, Fr. Tom Boyle said;   "Last  August the Bishops&rs...

Communications Sunday Pastoral Letter

Posted by SCMO on 27th April 2008 in Christianity |
In his message sent to all of Scotland's 500 parishes for the 42nd World Communications Day, Bishop Philip Tartaglia President of the National Communications Commission of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland claims "a fundamental disconnection between the provider and the consumer" has occurred in the media. The letter which will be read at all Masses on Sunday, 4 May 2008 suggests that "mass communications can fairly be charged with losing the ethical underpinning that once existed". Archbishop Tartaglia points out, "While the last national census showed that over two thirds of Scots described themselves as Christians, few of those who work in radio, television...


Posted by SCMO on 22nd November 2016 in Blogging |
Beneath the dome of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and amid the skirl of the Scottish bagpipes, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh has unveiled what is thought to be the world’s first interactive, GPS-powered, Holy Mass and Confession finder app.   “This is a little bit of smart technology that could make a big impact on how the Catholic Church brings the mercy of God and the joy of the Gospel to our contemporary world,” said the Archbishop, Tuesday 23 November in Rome.   “The Catholic App” has been developed over recent months by the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh in conjunction with wi...

Appointment of Baroness Helen Liddell as Chair of Independent Review Group

Posted by SCMO on 5th December 2016 in Blogging |
Monday 5 December 2016   The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today announced that Baroness Helen Liddell will be the first ever Chair of the Independent Review Group (IRG) an autonomous body, which will function separately from the Church and which will review safeguarding standards and carry out independent audits.     Announcing the appointment, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops’ Conference said:     “I am most grateful to Baroness Liddell for agreeing to become the first Chair of the Independent Review Group, which will review and audit the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding work. I...

Archbishop Tartaglia urges DWP to reconsider Job Centre closures

Posted by SCMO on 14th December 2016 in Blogging |
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has expressed concern at a proposal to close half of Glasgow’s job centres.     The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has indicated it intends to close 8 of the 16 job centres in the city.     Commenting on the proposal, Archbishop Tartgalia said:     “I am very concerned by the Department of Work and Pensions’ proposals to close half of Glasgow’s Job Centres. Sadly, Glasgow has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Scotland, and suffers high levels of deprivation as a result.  Closing offices in some of the most deprived areas of the city, risks reducing a...

Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a Priest

Posted by SCMO on 24th December 2016 in Blogging |
24 December 2016   Bishop pays tribute to former MP who became a Priest.   Bishop William Nolan, the Bishop of Galloway has paid tribute to Fr. George Thompson who died peacefully yesterday (23 December 2016) aged 88 at Senwick Nursing Home in Borgue.   Bishop Nolan said: “Father George Thompson was a man whose life was inspired and motivated by a deep faith in Jesus Christ. A faith he put into practice by embracing three vocations: teaching, politics and the priesthood. In each of these he sought to serve God and to serve others. We give thanks to God for all the good that he did throughout his life.”   Bishop Nolan added: “T...
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