Social Issues

A changed relationship


A religious sister with a deep commitment to interfaith dialogue reflects on Nostra Aetate, (In Our Time) the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relations of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, which was promulgated by Pope Paul VI on 28th October 1965.  Continue reading

Stumbling Blocks to the MacLellan Report


Last month we published an account of the years leading up to the McLellan Report by a distinguished psychologist and former member of the Scottish Catholic Bishops’ reference group on safeguarding.  Here she examines the McLellan Report and finds major stumbling blocks to its recommendations.

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Safeguarding in the Catholic Church


Last month the McLellan Report, a review of current safeguarding policies, procedures and practices within the Catholic Church in Scotland was published.  Here, a distinguished child psychologist who advised the Catholic bishops on safeguarding retraces the path that led to the McLellan review.  Next month she will reflect on the review and its recommendations to the church.

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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.