Scotland’s Catholic Bishops will be in Rome from 26 September until 4 October for their “Ad Limina” (five-yearly) visit to the Holy See. Speaking ahead of the visit, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia the President of the Bishops’ Conference said;
"As we prepare to travel to Rome, I look forward to extending the greetings and affection of the Bishops, Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of Scotland to the Holy Father. I will also assure him that Catholics in Scotland have always shown fidelity and loyalty to the Holy See, and love to the person of the Holy Father."
Archbishop Tartaglia added:
“I hope to advise the Pope on how the Bishops’ Conference has confronted the issue of abuse over the last five years, how it has been a significant matter for the Conference during that time and how the scandal of abuse had affected the morale of Catholics. I will point out that we are determined to get it right and to help survivors of abuse and create a safe environment for all within the church.”
The Ad Limina visit required by church law, obliges the Bishops of each country to travel to Rome, meet the Pope and in acknowledging his universal jurisdiction, make a report to him of the state of each diocese in Scotland. (see explanatory note below) The following members of the Bishops' Conference will travel to Rome from 26 September until 4 October:
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland and Archbishop of Glasgow, Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, Bishop Joseph Toal, Bishop of Motherwell, Bishop Stephen Robson, Bishop of Dunkeld, Bishop Brian McGee, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, Bishop of Aberdeen, Bishop William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway. Monsignor Hugh Bradley, General Secretary, Bishops' Conference of Scotland.
Note to Editors:
1. The Scottish Bishops will meet Pope Francis on Thursday morning (27 September) contact the Catholic Media Office for photographs.
2. Explanatory Note: Ad Limina Apostolorum (to the thresholds of the Apostles) The visit Ad Limina means, technically, the obligation incumbent on the world's Catholic Bishops of visiting, at stated times, the "thresholds of the Apostles", Sts. Peter and Paul, and of presenting themselves before the pope to give an account of the state of their dioceses.