In June 2002 the Bishops' Conference of Scotland invited the country's
clergy, religious and laity to help them decide the way ahead with regard
to seminary provision. At that time the Bishops recommended that the number
of seminaries be reduced from three to two through the closure of Scotus
College in Glasgow and the retention of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome
and the Royal Scots College in Salamanca. Respondents to the consultation
were asked to submit their views to their own Bishop by 15 October with a
view to a final decision being made at the November (4-6) meeting of the
Over the past four months almost 200 responses have been received.
Respondents have included parish and diocesan groups, Catholic organisations
and societies as well as many individuals. The vast majority of those
involved in the consultation stressed the importance of retaining a National
Seminary in Scotland while accepting the case for examining seminary
provision against a backdrop of falling numbers of seminarians.
Mindful of the depth and detail of so many of the responses, the Bishops of
Scotland have decided to retain a home seminary at Scotus College in
Glasgow. The Pontifical Scots College in Rome will also be retained as a
seminary. The future use of the Royal Scots College in Salamanca will be
necessarily under review.
While expressing their gratitude to all those who participated in the
consultation, the Bishops acknowledged that many of the responses mirrored
their own view that greater attention must now be given to the promotion of
vocations and the ongoing education and formation of lay people.
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4 November 2002