5 November 2012
Bishops elect new office bearers
At their meeting in Edinburgh on 5 November 2012, the Bishops' Conference of
Scotland elected new office bearers for a three year term.
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia was elected President, Bishop Joseph Toal was elected
Vice President and Bishop Hugh Gilbert was elected Episcopal Secretary.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien who will be 75 next March intimated his intention to stand
down as Conference President.
Commenting after the election, Archbishop Tartaglia said;
"I am honoured to have been elected President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland
and grateful to my brother bishops for the trust they have placed in me. I would
like to pay tribute to Cardinal O'Brien and Archbishop Conti as outgoing President
and Vice President for all they have done for the Bishops' Conference over the past
Bishop Toal said;
"I am happy to serve the Bishops' Conference in the capacity of Vice President and
grateful that I have been asked to do so. I look forward to working with Archbishop
Tartaglia and Bishop Gilbert and serving the whole Church in Scotland."
Bishop Gilbert said;
"I'm honoured to have been elected Episcopal Secretary and look forward to working
with Archbishop Tartaglia and Bishop Toal in the years that lie ahead."
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Notes to Editors:
1. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia is Archbishop of Glasgow, Bishop Joseph Toal is
Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Bishop Hugh Gilbert is Bishop of Aberdeen.
2. The President, Vice President, Episcopal Secretary and General Secretary
constitute the the Standing Committee of the Bishops' Conference.
3. According to the Code of Canon Law, Bishops are required to submit their
resignation to the Pope on reaching the age of 75.