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)
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.
The editor sets the scene for the Open House conference in June which will explore some of the new directions opening up in the Catholic Church in Scotland. The article is followed by two others which highlight, in different ways, the challenges which face the church today.