Church Teaching

A failure of leadership


The question is this: taken as a body, the bishops of England and Wales, of Ireland and of Scotland, despite frequent requests and the findings of questionnaires, have so far refused to engage in meaningful dialogue with lay-led and priest-led organisations on a number of topics considered important for the well-being of the Catholic Church in these countries.  These topics relate centrally to one overriding concern, namely the on-going and inexorable fall in the number of serving priests and the consequent closure and amalgamation of parishes together with the break-up of longstanding communities and the prospect of a Eucharistic famine in the not too distant future. Continue reading

Everything or nothing? An initial response to Amoris Laetitia


A parish priest reflects on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), issued in response to the Synod on the Family which met in 2014 and 2105.  The exhortation is a reflection on Catholic marriage and family life, and on how the church should conduct itself in matters of morality. Continue reading

Feb/Mar 2020

In June 2019 Open House held a conference exploring possible new directions for the Catholic Church in Scotland. See conference papers.

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