Dunkeld mourns the death of Bishop Vincent Logan

Press release

MY DEAR PEOPLE It is with deep regret that I must share with you the sad news that Bishop Vincent, Emeritus Bishop of this Diocese, has died.  Bishop Vincent was 79. Vincent Logan was Bishop of the diocese of Dunkeld for almost 32 years before his retirement on June 30th, 2012.  He was appointed to Dunkeld by St John Paul …

Bishops statement on the closure of churches in Scotland

Press release

Recognising the dangers posed by the new faster-spreading variant of COVID-19, we note the Scottish Government’s decision to close all places of worship from Friday 8 January 2021.*  The Scottish Government believes that such measures are necessary to curtail the spread of this new strain during the roll-out of the vaccine. We appreciate the difficult choices facing the Scottish Government at …

Changes are planned at Scots College, Rome

Press release

The Scottish Bishops have undertaken a detailed review of Seminary Provision in recent months. A significant consideration in the review has been the affordability of upgrading the existing Pontifical Scots College in Rome to the standards required.  The Bishops have accepted that the costs of this work are beyond the resources of the Conference. Considering the building’s distance from the centre of Rome, they have concluded that the …

Catholic Education Week – 2020

Education, Pastoral Letter, Press release

Jesus Christ: the Way, the Truth and the Life Catholic Education Week 16th-30th November 2020 My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Each year around this time, we celebrate Catholic Education Week.  During this week we: celebrate the God-given talents and achievements of our young people; acknowledge the hard work and faith witness of the staff in our schools; mark …

Parliament News

Press release

      Catholic Parliamentary Office    E-Newsletter October 2020 Bishop Stephen highlighted the work being carried out by the Catholic Parliamentary Office and commended its diligence in the face of fast moving changes that are taking place – particularly during these days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Catholic Parliamentary Office is an agency of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and its role is to …

Archbishop Mario honoured by his beloved Tuscany

Press release

Archbishop Conti has been awarded one of the most prestigious prizes of his family’s native Italian region of Tuscany. He has been given the Gold Medal of the “Lucchesi nel Mondo” and was due to be presented with the award at a special ceremony in Lucca later this month. However the ongoing pandemic has meant the scaling back of the …

Bishops are united against nuclear weapons

Justice and Peace, Mission work, Press release

During his historic visit to Japan last year, Pope Francis declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possession of atomic weapons is immoral”. Seventy-five years on from the unprecedented and horrific destruction of life at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we are called to reflect prayerfully upon the UK’s own possession of nuclear …

New Hate Crime – “protect the freedom to disagree” – Bishops say

Press release

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s new Hate Crime and Public Order Bill. In a submission to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee the Conference has stated that any new law must be ‘carefully weighed against fundamental freedoms, such as the right to free speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.’ The …

New lectionary for Scotland

Press release

Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have approved the preparation of a new Lectionary (a book of readings used at Mass) to update and replace the three volume Lectionary in use in the dioceses of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland for almost 30 years. The current Lectionary was first published in 1981 using the Jerusalem Bible (1966) as its base text. Commenting …