About Open House Scotland

Open House was founded in Dundee in 1990 as an independent Scottish Catholic journal of comment, opinion and reflection.

It is rooted in the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962 – 1965) and committed to continuing the dialogue which began at the Council – within the Catholic Church, in other Churches and with all people committed to issues of justice and peace.

Open House is published six times a year with features on religion and current affairs, and reviews of books and the arts.  We do not pay contributors, but we do have a small fund which allows us to pay young people for articles.

We are deeply grateful to those who support Open House with their donations and subscriptions, which cover the cost of design and production, and to all our contributors, who share their insights and expertise so generously through the forum of Open House.


Dr Jim McManus (Chair), Florence Boyle (Treasurer),  Dr. Jennifer Stark, Fr Willy Slavin, Alison  Clark, Honor Hania


Mary Cullen

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.