Reflections

On (not) calling priests Father

IAN CAMPBELL

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

Conversations about the future

CLARE MCCARRON AND MARGARET LYNCH.

When three generations got together for a family gathering, a grandmother and her daughter-in-law were surprised to find that they shared common views on the future of the church and how it should respond to the needs of their children and grandchildren.  This is their shared reflection. Continue reading

United we stand

MARIAN PALLISTER

A writer and journalist reports on recent interfaith events in Glasgow and reflects on the rich diversity and commitment to inclusion expressed by speakers and participants. Continue reading

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April/May 2019

April/May 2019

CONFERENCE PAPERS

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.