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
WERNER G. JEANROND. A distinguished Catholic theologian reflects on living in a time of transition between old and new models of church, and the challenge of developing shared leadership. Continue reading
For the last eight years the public arts company NVA has been leading efforts to find a new future for St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, which closed in 1980. The creative possibilities of the site were revealed at Hinterland, a ten day event which took place in the run up to Easter. Continue reading
OWEN DUDLEY EDWARDS.
Four very different experiences of parish in the Diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh were shared at a meeting of the Edinburgh Newman Circle. Continue reading