As some of you may know, as of Friday, 16th July with the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes (Keepers of the Tradition), the Pope has abrogated the general permission or faculty for priests to celebrate the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum of Saint John XXIII.  The faculty of celebrating this Mass in what Pope Benedict XVI had called the Extraordinary form has been severely restricted, and it now requires the Diocesan Bishop to authorise the celebrant, time and place of its celebration.  The papal document issued last Friday included no vacatio legis, which means that it is to be implemented with Immediate effect.  Consequently, it has not been possible to make timely arrangements so that the Traditional Latin Mass can be celebrated according to the new norms.

Accordingly, as diocesan Bishop I now grant the necessary faculty to celebrate this Mass according to the present arrangements now in place, until necessary provisions can be made to satisfy the implementation of the new norms. This means that the present circumstances are presumed to continue until any necessary future changes may be made. 

Currently, the only Sunday celebration of the Pre-conciliar Mass in the Diocese of Dunkeld is celebrated on Sunday mornings at 11.30am in the Church of Saint Patrick in Stobswell, Dundee by Father Ninian Doohan. 

+ Stephen Robson

Bishop of Dunkeld

20th July 2021

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Our livestream Masses continue here from St Joseph’s Chapel, Lawside – at 10am each weekday – except Friday with Bishop Stephen Robson. AT present there is no Sunday Mass from St Joseph’s Chapel.

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The History of our Diocese

The Diocese of Dunkeld, one of the eight Roman Catholic Dioceses in Scotland. Dunkeld Diocese comprises 35 parishes of 65,000 Catholics from a total population of 580,000 (11.2%) served by 35 priests and 4 deacons.

In area the diocese is 8,495 square kilometres (3,280 sq. miles). It is thought that the diocese was constituted as far back as the middle of the ninth century.

The first occupant was styled Bishop of Fortriu, the name by which the kingdom of the northern Picts was then known. This bishop was also styled Abbot of Dunkeld, perhaps holding jurisdiction, formerly enjoyed by Iona, over the other Columban monasteries in Scotland.

The new bishopric appears to have included a great part of what afterwards became the Diocese of Argyll, and retained its jurisdiction over various churches representing old Columban foundations.

There were thirty‐five bishops of Dunkeld from its foundation until the suppression of the Catholic hierarchy during the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century.

The pre‐Reformation cathedral, situated in the Perthshire town of Dunkeld, was erected between 1220 and 1500.

After the Reformation the cathedral fell partly into ruins, although the choir is used for Presbyterian worship. The Catholic Church restored the diocese on 4 March 1878, by decree of Pope Leo XIII.

Today, Dunkeld is one of the suffragan sees in the archiepiscopal province of St Andrews and Edinburgh, and includes the counties of Perth, Angus, Clackmannan, Kinross, and the northern part of Fife.

Today the diocesan cathedral is dedicated to St Andrew and is located in Dundee rather than Dunkeld, Dundee being the residence of the majority of the Catholics of the diocese and the largest centre of population.

The cathedral chapter, erected in 1895, consists of a Provost and seven canons. Bishop Stephen Robson is the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Dunkeld.

We hope you find the site informative and that it will bring you up to date with all the events happening in our diocese. You will also find links to the wider Church community, not only in Scotland, but worldwide.