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Faith in fiction


The publication of a murder mystery novel by the professor of Catholic Studies at Roehampton University was the background to a discussion on Catholic writing at the University of Glasgow in June.  Continue reading

The Vatican abuse summit


A Marist brother and clinical psychologist who has extensive experience of dealing with sexual abuse within the Catholic Church assesses the importance of February’s Vatican abuse summit. Continue reading

Missions and closures


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) Continue reading

Opening hearts and minds


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. Continue reading
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Oct/Nov 2019

Oct/Nov 2019


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.