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The Newman at 75

ARTHUR L. C. MCLAY The secretary of the Glasgow Circle of the Newman Association offers a person reflection on the development of the association on the occasion of its 75th anniversary, and its commitment to Newman’s vision of an educated laity. The ‘Newman’ is, we hope, a familiar name to the readership of Open House, but it may come as a surprise to some that it celebrated its 75th birthday on 11th April 2017.  In a post-Vatican II society with dwindling adherences [more]

The case for women deacons

JANE COLL In response to last month’s article on future directions for the church, the author of a book on women deacons defends traditional church teaching on celibate clergy and women priests, but suggests that the ordination of women as deacons would help address the needs of parishes without priests. The church has always accepted that there is no theological reason why priests could not be married.  Yet from its earliest days it has insisted on a celibate clergy.  It is a [more]

Embracing Change in Galloway Diocese

WILLIAM R. MCFADDEN A parish priest with responsibility for several parishes in the rural South West of Scotland outlines new models of being church which are emerging from a diocesan wide process of embracing change. Albert Einstein is usually credited with the quote ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results’.  This statement would appear to be particularly applicable when we look at being church today.  The old solutions are no longer appropriate, [more]

May 2017

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