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

Which way for the church?


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. Continue reading

The heartstone pilgrimage


Pilgrimage seems to be the thing at the moment.  Not only the phenomenal popularity of all the various branches of the Camino to Compostela, but also near home, revivals of old pilgrimages such as to Whithorn and St Andrews and the creation of new ones such as the St Cuthbert’s and the St Oswald’s Ways, both of which I have enjoyed walking.  The present piece, however, is about making a walk I do several times a week into something meaningful enough to be called a pilgrimage, and, I hope, may encourage others to do similarly with their favourite walks. Continue reading

An Easter Mass


 A Presbyterian attends Easter Mass in Brussels and finds himself at home amidst an unexpected congregation. 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.