New Safeguarding Manual comes into force

Pastoral Letter

My Dear People, I write, on behalf of all the Bishops of Scotland, to draw your attention to the publication of our Church’s new Safeguarding materials which come into force on 21st May 2018. These include ‘In God’s Image’, the document which offers comprehensive guidance and instruction on every aspect of Safeguarding, including compliance with new Safeguarding standards. This has …

Good Shepherd Sunday – Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter

“I know my sheep and my sheep know me”
 A Pastoral Letter about our Young People
, their Discernment, Vocation and Life Choices, together with 
Our Diocesan Renewal of the Sacrament of Confirmation. FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, 2018
 My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: As we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday together at Mass, I would like to link this important …

Sandhurst Treaty – swift action

Pastoral Letter

English and Scottish Bishops are calling on the Government for swift implementation of the Sandhurst Treaty. Following their visit to Calais last year, Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Lead Bishop for Asylum and Migration for England and Wales and Bishop William Nolan, President of Justice and Peace Scotland, issued a joint statement calling for a commitment by the UK Government to …

Day for Life – Pastoral Letter – 31 May 2017

Pastoral Letter

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Each year, around the Feast of the Visitation of our Lady, on the 31st May or the nearest Sunday, we celebrate the Day for Life, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage, and in every condition. Human life is a sacred and precious …

Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – 40 Day for Life

Pastoral Letter

Lent 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Lent is slightly different this year in that as part of our penitential celebrations I would like to alert you to a new Movement which originated in the USA and has rapidly swept the Catholic World: the 40 Days Prayer for Lent. Being an important and infamous anniversary the year 2017 marks …

Pastoral Letter – Referendum

Pastoral Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The recent Referendum has thrown us into uncertainty. Some of this, please God, will be of short duration, but other elements will be with us for longer. We are not used to this. The whole world, indeed, seems particularly volatile and tormented at present. Pope Francis’ call for a Year of Mercy seems increasingly …

Time for Reflection – Bishop Robson at the Scottish Parliament

Bishop's Diary, Pastoral Letter

Bishop Stephen Robson, the Bishop of Dunkeld, delivered a ‘Time for Reflection’ in the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday 15 December) at 2pm. In his address he said that cultural change has arguably been Scottish Society’s greatest challenge in the last decade. He called on legislators to “be compassionate about the effects of change” as not everyone can absorb it at …

Pastoral Letter for Holy Year

Pastoral Letter

My Dear People of the Diocese of Dunkeld, As you know, some months ago, our Holy Father Pope Francis, with his special letter ‘Misericordiae Vultus’, the ‘Face of Mercy’ promulgated an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. The Title of his letter refers to the face of Christ which reveals to us the Merciful Heavenly Father. This Holy Year will begin …

Pastoral Letter – McLellan Report

Pastoral Letter

My Dear People As you have almost certainly heard already, this week saw the publication of a long awaited Report on the implementation and effectiveness of the Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church in Scotland. Almost two years ago now the Bishops of Scotland decided to commission an independent review into the quality of the safeguarding …