A failure of leadership


The question is this: taken as a body, the bishops of England and Wales, of Ireland and of Scotland, despite frequent requests and the findings of questionnaires, have so far refused to engage in meaningful dialogue with lay-led and priest-led organisations on a number of topics considered important for the well-being of the Catholic Church in these countries.  These topics relate centrally to one overriding concern, namely the on-going and inexorable fall in the number of serving priests and the consequent closure and amalgamation of parishes together with the break-up of longstanding communities and the prospect of a Eucharistic famine in the not too distant future. Continue reading

Towards a post clericalist church

WERNER G. JEANROND. A distinguished Catholic theologian reflects on living in a time of transition between old and new models of church, and the challenge of developing shared leadership. Continue reading

Reclaiming the ruins of St Peter’s seminary


For the last eight years the public arts company NVA has been leading efforts to find a new future for St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, which closed in 1980. The creative possibilities of the site were revealed at Hinterland, a ten day event which took place in the run up to Easter. 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.