At their meeting in Edinburgh last week, Scotland's Catholic Bishops discussed a wide range of issues and received reports from a number of Departments of the Conference. They also held elections for Office Bearers and assigned Episcopal oversight responsibilities to new members.
ELECTIONS & APPOINTMENTS:
The Conference re-elected the exiting office bearers (President: Archbishop Tartaglia, Vice-President: Bishop Toal & Episcopal Secretary: Bishop Gilbert) for a further 3-year term. They also agreed that office bearers could not serve for more than two continuous terms.
Bishop Nolan was appointed President of the Justice & Peace Commission and Bishop Keenan was given responsibility for the Episcopal oversight of the Department for Ordained Minsitry and Consecrated Life. Bishop Hugh Gilbert accepted a new responsibility for liaising with those in Consecrated Life (Religious).
The Department of Doctrine, Unity & Evangelisation submitted a report on Ecumenism (Ms Liz Taite) and on the Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue (Sr Isabel Smyth). Archbishop Emeritus Conti also reported on the Joint Commission on Doctrine, The Church: Towards a Common Vision
The Department of Sacred Liturgy and Worship submitted reports on the 750th Anniversary of
Blessed John Duns Scotus, and the Divine Office / Psalter and other liturgical matters (Bishop Gilbert)
The Department of Catholic Education report was presented by Mr Michael McGrath, Director of SCES and included an overview of the launch of "This is our Faith" (Senior Phase Programme) recently launched for use in S4/5/6. He also updated the Conference on plans for Catholic Education Week (31 Jan - 6 Feb 2016), issues surrounding recruitment of Catholic teachers and the Catholic Parents Assembly.
The Department of Caritas Scotland, submitted reports on: Justice and Peace (Bishop Emeritus Moran) Safeguarding (Mrs Tina Campbell) Anscombe Centre (Bishop Robson) Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland (Archbishop Cushley)and the Santa Marta Group campaign to end human trafficking (Bishop Toal)
A Letter from Mr Humza Yousaf on the refugee crisis, thanking the Scottish Bishops for their support was tabled.
The Department of Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life submitted reports on: Pontifical Scots College, Rome (Fr Daniel Fitzpatrick) Royal Scots College, Spain (Fr Tom Kilbride)A report on the Permanent Diaconate was presented by Deacon Charles Hendry.
The Department of The Lay Faithful submitted reports on: White Mass for Healthcare workers (Archbishop Tartaglia) Aid to the Church in Need and the Catholic Youth Service Scotland.
The Conference approved the McLellan Commission Implementation Plan.
Church of Scotland, General Assembly 21-27 May 2016
British Embassy to the Holy See
Iona Cathedral Trust
Annual Maundy Thursday Service 2016
Cardinal Winning Lecture, Saturday 6 February 2016, (Dr Leonard Franchi)
Proposed Agenda for the Church Leaders and Representative Meeting with the
First Minister (Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer)
Dates of Conference Meetings for 2016 were agreed as: 19/26 January (In Service) 6-7/9 March, 10/11 May, 7/8 June, 6/7 September, 6-7/8/9 November, 6/7 December.