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

Voices less heard


 A parish priest reflects on the emergence of a new anti clericalism within the church in Scotland, and ask what kind of priests we want. Continue reading

On (not) calling priests Father


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’ (I assume that is a compliment!) but one thing still makes me feel uncomfortable: calling priests ‘Father’.  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.