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

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On (not) calling priests Father

IAN CAMPBELL When I was received into the Catholic Church, almost forty years ago, I had few theological doubts but I found many of its customs exotic.  Coming from a non-religious background, even something as simple as shaking hands at the Sign of Peace during Mass felt strange to me, never mind entering a church and finding a rosary being said.  Over the decades I have become so accustomed to most practices that people sometimes mistake me for a ‘cradle Catholic’ [more]

Dismantling clericalism

JOE FITZPATRICK. A Catholic bishop’s testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia makes a powerful case for the dismantling of clericalism and the promotion of a new model of church as a communion of equals. Bishop Vincent Long is the first bishop of Vietnamese background in Australia.  He arrived in Australia in 1981, having spent 18 months in a refugee camp in Malaysia, was ordained priest in 1989 and ordained bishop in 2011.  He became [more]

Conversations about the future

CLARE MCCARRON AND MARGARET LYNCH. When three generations got together for a family gathering, a grandmother and her daughter-in-law were surprised to find that they shared common views on the future of the church and how it should respond to the needs of their children and grandchildren.  This is their shared reflection. The Catholic Church is going through a difficult phase in its life in the UK and the ‘organisation’ seems very unwilling to change.  We have a church run by men [more]

April, 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.