Open House is a magazine of comment and debate on faith issues in Scotland, published six times a year.

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What is a synodal church?


This is an edited version of a talk given by Irish theologian Gerry O’Hanlon to the Newman circle in Edinburgh about Pope Francis’ call for a synodal church.

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Missions and closures


There was a time when we were urged to look with admiration and for inspiration to mission countries.  We were regaled with stories of priests travelling from station to station to say Mass.  There they would provide the church’s blessing for those marriages which had taken place and preside over those in waiting, hear confessions – with upturned bicycles to provide the necessary canonical grille with their spokes.  (We were all like that in those days)

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Opening hearts and minds


The former director of SCIAF addressed the issue of attitudes to refugees and asylum seekers at service in Glasgow Cathedral on 13th January, the feast of St Mungo, as part of the city’s annual St Mungo Festival.

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February/March 2019

February/March 2019


Open House held a conference on the role of lay people in the governance of the Catholic Church in November 2013. See conference papers.