Scotland's Bishops' General Election Statement
Scotland's Bishops have published their General Election Statement. The short document asks voters to consider a series of factors before deciding how to vote. The document repeats previous calls for respect for life and support for families, but makes a special plea this year for EU nationals caught up in the uncertainties of Brexit to be granted security. It also contains a powerful call for a welcome to be afforded to refugees and asylum seekers and denounces the use of weapons of mass destruction as a "serious crime against God and humanity".

The full text of the Bishops' letter follows:

General Election 2017

A letter from the Bishops of Scotland


To be read and/or distributed at all Masses on 20/21 May 2017

This General Election presents us with an opportunity to reflect on Catholic social teaching. As Christians, we have a civic and moral duty to engage with our democracy. As Catholics, we believe that the primary goal of society should be the common good; that is the good of all people and of the whole person. Indeed, the common good is the very reason political authority exists.

This election provides an opportunity to reflect on the beauty and goodness of Church teaching and to keep that teaching at the forefront of our minds as we engage with candidates across all parties. During elections, a range of issues compete for your attention; we highlight some of them here in the hope that you will reflect on them and raise them with your candidates.

Human Life

Human life at every stage of development is precious and must be protected. Any laws which permit the wilful ending of life must always be rejected as reprehensible and unjust. We must create a culture of life where the most vulnerable are valued and their dignity respected. The undeniable value of human life, created in the image and likeness of God, is fundamental to the Catholic faith. We should remind our politicians that abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia are always morally unacceptable.

Marriage and the Family

Society relies on the building block of the family to exist. The love of man and woman in marriage and their openness to new life is the very basic cell upon which society is built. The wellbeing of society depends on the flourishing and health of family life and those in authority should respond to this with policies that create economic and other advantages for families with children.

Poverty

Sadly, poverty continues to be a scourge for many at home and abroad. Too many people still struggle to make ends meet. This sad reality cannot and should not endure in our country in the twenty-first century. Our concerns should also extend to providing international assistance, while ensuring that aid is not used to support immoral practices such as those which compromise the basic right to life.

Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigration

The United Kingdom should be a place where the most vulnerable are welcomed and given the resources necessary to rebuild their lives. At the same time, we should provide for those people living in and around conflict zones, and commit to working towards the peaceful resolution of conflict.Living in EuropeThere are millions of EU citizens living in the UK and millions of UK citizens living across the EU. Mindful of the uncertainty affecting them, candidates should commit to working towards delivering stability and security for them in future. Our politicians should forge and renew international partnerships and establish rights for those who wish to work in the UK, in a spirit of cooperation and friendship.

Freedom of Religion and Conscience

Millions of people worldwide are persecuted for their beliefs. People of faith, including Christians, should be able to freely practise their faith and bear witness to it in their lives, without fear of prejudice, intolerance, abuse or violence. Candidates should be committed to the right of people not to be forced to act against their conscience.

Nuclear Weapons and the Arms Trade

The use of any weapon that causes more than individual and proportionate harm to civilians is immoral and, thus, rejected by the Church. The use of weapons of mass destruction is a serious crime against God and against humanity. While states are entitled to possess the means required for legitimate defence, this must not become an excuse for an excessive accumulation of weaponry which becomes a considerable threat to stability and freedom.

Respectful Politics

Often, politicians are tempted to score points or resort to insults. We need politicians who are willing to change this and to take politics in a new direction, where dialogue is respectful, and where different points of view, including those of a religious nature, are tolerated.As we cast our votes this election, let us bear in mind the words of Pope Francis when he said, “The greatness of any nation is revealed in its effective care of society’s most vulnerable members.” Our nation, our Parliament, and our Government will be judged on how it treats its poorest and most vulnerable citizens.

Yours devotedly in Christ,

+ Philip Tartaglia, President, Archbishop of Glasgow
+ Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh
+ Joseph Toal, Vice-President, Bishop of Motherwell
+ Hugh Gilbert, Episcopal Secretary, Bishop of Aberdeen
+ Stephen Robson, Bishop of Dunkeld
+ John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley
+ William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway
+ Brian McGee, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles
Bishop John Mone RIP - 14 October 2016
Bishop John Mone RIPTributes have been paid to Bishop John Mone, former Bishop of Paisley, who died Friday 14 October aged 87. 

Bishop John Keenan, current Bishop of Paisley has issued the following statement: 

"We announce the sad news that Bishop John Mone died peacefully this morning just before 6.00am in the Holy Rosary Residence, Greenock.  He was taken unwell an hour or so before and passed away tranquilly. 

Bishop John was a holy man of God who was a gentle and faithful pastor of his people and who was dearly loved by the faithful, clergy and religious of Paisley diocese.  May he rest in peace. 

Our condolences go to his family who will thank God for his good life along with the people of the diocese. Our heartfelt gratitude to Mother Stephen, the sisters and staff of the Holy Rosary Residence who cared for him lovingly to the end.  Bishop John was given special spiritual care by Mons. Gerry Gallagher and we remember him too in our prayers."  

ENDS


Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
Glasgow
G1 2DH

0141 221 1168
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Scottish Bishops appoint new director of Catholic Parliamentary Office - 22 July 2016
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has appointed a new director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, president of the Scottish Bishops’ Conference, offered congratulations to Anthony Horan who will take up the post from July 25.

The position has been vacant since John Deighan resigned in April 2015 to become CEO of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Scotland.

Mr Horan most recently worked as a solicitor and acting legal manager for Glasgow City Council and has worked for the Scottish Legal Aid Board and JC Hughes Solicitors.

“I am honoured to have been appointed director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland,” Mr Horan said. “I look forward to engaging with Scotland’s parliamentarians and the political system, developing friendly and positive relationships in the process. I am extremely grateful to Scotland’s Catholic Bishops for giving me this opportunity to work for them and to develop the work of the Parliamentary Office.”

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia offered his congratulations to Mr Horan. “Together with all the bishops I look forward to working with him in future as he represents the Church in the political sphere,” he said. “Anthony’s demonstrable knowledge of and commitment to his Catholic faith will be a tremendous asset to the Catholic Parliamentary Office. I wish him every success in his new post.”

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Argyll and the Isles - 28 Dec 2014
Pope Francis has today appointed Monsignor Brian McGee as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. The diocese has been vacant since April 2014 when Bishop Joseph Toal became the Bishop of Motherwell. Mgr. McGee is currently Vicar General of the Diocese of Paisley and Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish, Port Glasgow.

Reacting to his appointment, Bishop-Elect McGee said:
“It was very humbling, and indeed frightening, to be informed by the Papal Nuncio that Pope Francis had nominated me to be the new bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles. However, after reflection and prayer I now face this mission with quiet but definite confidence. Yes, I remain aware of my limitations but I am even more aware of the power of God’s grace which, with our co-operation, overcomes our shortcomings. Experience has taught me that positively answering God’s invitations is always to our own advantage.”

Bishop-Elect McGee added:
“I am excited about coming to the diocese of Argyll and the Isles. It has an ancient and proud heritage whose roots stretch back almost one and a half thousand years preceding even its spiritual father, Saint Columba. Since then, the consistent witness to Christ and the contribution to the National and Universal Church have been immense and I pray that it will continue to be so. I am also mindful of the diocese’s rich Gaelic character and I, although not yet a Gaelic speaker, will endeavour to promote its rightful use in the worship of God.
We have entered into the Year of Mercy. I am inspired by this Jubilee’s ethos and I hope to be a bishop that has an unshakable trust in God’s mercy, unafraid to acknowledge my own need of God’s mercy and one who shows mercy to all, especially those who are most in need. Pope Francis wrote of our Faith Communities being oases of mercy. Please God, as individuals, as parishes and the diocese as a body will be a constant oasis of mercy to all.”

“I cannot deny that it is a wrench for me to leave the Diocese of Paisley. This was where I wanted to minister from my youth and I have always been very happy there. I would like to thank Bishop John Keenan, and his predecessors, as well as the clergy, religious and lay faithful of Paisley Diocese for their encouragement over many years. I recognise that I have much to learn about the diocese of Argyll and the Isles and I hope to be a good listener. It is an area I already love. I grew up in Greenock daily enjoying beautiful views of the Cowal Peninsula, Bute and Arran and I still savour them from my parish in Port Glasgow today. I have holidayed and trekked throughout the diocesan boundaries from my earliest childhood to the present day. I have made several pilgrimages to Iona. I already look forward to living within what will be my new diocese and I sure that I will naturally come to love its people.”

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley said:
“Many congratulations to Bishop Elect Brian on his appointment by Pope Francis to the See of Argyll and the Isles. I am not at all surprised that he has been chosen for this important office. Since appointing him as my Vicar General and getting to know and see him at work I have been highly impressed by his wisdom about the ways of the Church, his personal commitment to living the Gospel and his sense of service to the clergy and people of the diocese. He is loved and respected dearly by his own parishioners in Holy Family, Port Glasgow, who will miss him, and his elevation leaves big shoes to fill in the diocese of Paisley.

“I can assure the clergy and people of Argyll and the Isles that they are getting a Pastor who will give his all to serving them with justice and who will lead them with energy and vision. He will be a valued member of the Bishop’s Conference which will benefit from his fresh perspective and thoughtful discernment.”

Commenting on the appointment the Administrator of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, Monsignor James MacNeil said:
“It is with gratitude that we the clergy and faithful of the diocese of Argyll and the Isles welcome the news that Pope Francis has appointed Mgr Brian McGee as the new bishop of our diocese. We welcome him with joy and he can be sure of the support, cooperation, affection and prayers of the community of the diocese as he begins his ministry of leadership and service.

Mgr. MacNeil added: “We pray that under his fatherly guidance we will grow in faith and unity so that we may become a community that effectively witnesses to the presence of the Risen Lord among us. Welcome, Bishop-elect Brian; may you have many years of happy and fruitful ministry as Bishop of Argyll and the Isles.”


ENDS
Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
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Glasgow
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Notes to Editors:
1.Bishop-Elect McGee will be ordained at St. Columba’s Cathedral in Oban at a date to be advised.
2. Photographs of Bishop-Elect McGee are available from: Anthony MacMillan 01397 702557 or macmillan3@aol.com
3. Bishop-Elect Brian McGee’s Biography
Brian Thomas McGee
FAMILY
Born Greenock 8th October 1965.
Baptised, St Laurence’s, Greenock.
Parents: Seamus and Brighid McGee. Father born in Moville, Ireland moved to Greenock aged five. Mother born Belfast, Ireland moved to Greenock after marriage, 1964. Father engineer fitter, died 1981. Mother Primary teacher.
Siblings: Brona, Ciaran and Kevin. Both brothers died as infants. Brona is a nurse and currently is Director of Care at St Vincent’s Hospice, Howwood.
EDUCATION
Primary School
St Joseph’s Primary School , Greenock 1970-1973
Holy Cross Primary School, Greenock 1973-1977
Secondary School
St Vincent’s College, Langbank 1977-1978
St Mary’s College, Blairs 1978-1983
Senior Seminary
St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Ireland 1983-1989
Ordained priest for the Diocese of Paisley 29th June 1989 in St Mary’s, Greenock by Bishop John Mone
ACADEMIC
Certificate in Philosophy (Distinction) 1984 St Patrick’s College, Thurles,
Diploma in Theology (Distinction) 1988 St Patrick’s College, Thurles,
MA Christian Spirituality (Distinction) 2011 Sarum College, Salisbury,
PARISH MINISTRY
St Charles, Paisley 1989-1995 (Assistant Priest)
Holy Family, Port Glasgow 1995-1997 (Assistant Priest)
St Joseph’s, Clarkson 1997-2007 (Parish Priest)
Spiritual Director, Scotus College, National Seminary 2007-2009
Holy Family, Port Glasgow 2009- (Parish Priest)
DIOCESAN POSTS
Director of RCIA c1993-2003
Vicar Episcopal for Marriage and Family Life 2006-2014
Vicar General of Diocese of Paisley 2014-
Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Galloway - 22 Nov 2014
Pope Francis has today (Saturday 22 November 2014) appointed Fr. William Nolan, as Bishop of Galloway. Fr. Nolan is currently parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride and Vicar General of the Diocese of Motherwell.

Reacting to the announcement, Bishop-Elect Nolan said; "I am overawed to be appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Galloway. I already know some of the clergy and I look forward to working with them and with the the people of the Diocese to help the faith flourish in the land where Ninian planted the seeds of faith so long ago. I wish to serve the Diocese as best I can, but knowing I am hindered by my failings and weaknesses, I ask everyone to pray for me."

Bishop-Elect Nolan added; "The last 20 years of my life have been spent in Our Lady of Lourdes parish East Kilbride. I wish to pay tribute to the people of the parish for their kindness and support to me over the years. My move to Galloway is tinged with sadness at leaving Our Lady of Lourdes behind."

Welcoming the appointment of his successor, Bishop John Cunningham said “I am delighted with the appointment of Fr. Nolan, and I look forward to working with him in the period of transition. I know that he brings with him experience in many pastoral situations, and that this will serve him well as he leads the Diocese of Galloway. Galloway is a diocese consisting of parishes which are both rural and in large towns, and so Fr. Nolan’s wide expertise in dealing with people in his parish ministry, and in being able to adapt to different situations, will serve him well.”

Bishop Cunningham added: “I leave my role as Bishop of Galloway confident in my successor, and can assure him that the people and the priests of Galloway Diocese will offer him every support.”
 
Commenting on the appointment, Fr. William McFadden, Vicar General of the diocese, said: “On behalf of the priests of the diocese I welcome the appointment of Fr Nolan, and can assure him that the clergy of Galloway will support him in every way. We are aware of the demands that await him, particularly in the process of Embracing Change, but he can be sure that there is enormous goodwill and a real commitment to collaborative ministry awaiting him. I would also like to take the opportunity to express the gratitude of the priests of the diocese to Bishop Cunningham for his ministry as bishop, and to wish him well in his retirement.”


ENDS

Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
07968 122291(M)
pk@scmo.org

Notes to Editors:

1. Biography – Bishop-Elect William Nolan: DOB: 26th January 1954,
Baptised: St Patrick’s Craigneuk
Schools:
Cathedral Primary, Motherwell
St Patrick’s Primary, Craigneuk
St Vincent’s College, Langbank, 1965 - 1967
St Mary’s College, Blairs, 1967 - 1971
Senior Seminary: Scots College, Rome, 1971 - 1978
Ordained Priest for Diocese of Motherwell, 30th June 1977, St Bernadette’s Motherwell
S.T.L. (Licence in Sacred Theology): Gregorian University, Rome, June 1978
Priestly Ministry:
Assistant Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, 1978 – 1980
Assistant Priest, St. David’s, Plains, 1980 – 1983
Vice-Rector, Scots College, Rome, 1983 – 1990
Assistant Priest, St Bridget’s, Baillieston, 1990 - 1994
Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, 1994 to present
Chairman Council of Priests, 1992 - 1998
Chairman Committee for Ongoing Formation of Priests, 1993-2004
Administrator, St John Ogilvie, Blantyre, November 2013 to present
Vicar General, Motherwell Diocese, June 2014 to present

4th of 11 children born to William and Catherine Nolan (both deceased) - 5 girls and 6 boys.

Baptised in same church as Cardinal Winning - St Patrick’s, Craigneuk, Wishaw. Taught at Primary School by Cardinal Winning’s sister, Mrs Margaret Canning (now deceased)

Form Master at Blairs College was Fr Peter Moran who is now Emeritus Bishop of Aberdeen.

Mgr Maurice Taylor, emeritus Bishop of Galloway was Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes East Kilbride when he was appointed Bishop of Galloway in 1981. When first ordained Fr Nolan was sent as a curate to Our Lady of Lourdes and served under  Mgr Taylor. Fr Nolan is now the second Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes to become Bishop of Galloway.


2. Bishop John Cunningham has been the Bishop of Galloway since May 2004.

3. The date of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Nolan will be announced in due course.
Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Paisley - 08 Feb 2014
Pope Francis has today (Saturday 8 February 2014) appointed Fr John Keenan, as Bishop of Paisley.

The Diocese of Paisley has been vacant since September 2012, when Bishop Philip Tartaglia became Archbishop of Glasgow. Fr David Boyd has been the Administrator of the Diocese in the interim.

Reacting to the announcement, Bishop-Elect Keenan said;

“While nervous at my appointment, I have been very uplifted at the congratulations and good wishes I have received so far which have given more confidence.  Everyone I speak to says Paisley is a wonderful diocese with good priests and people full of faith. I am looking forward to being with my brother priests, many of whom I already know really well, and getting to know the people and the parishes of the diocese.  I hope just to settle in and listen a lot.”  

“At the same time I leave Glasgow with a heavy heart.  I have loved my priesthood there from the very beginning and know I have family and many friends who will continue supporting me.   This is an exciting time in the Church under Pope Francis' lively leadership and I hope to put as much of his vision into my own personal life and ministry as I can.  I know many people in Paisley and Glasgow will be praying for me and I thank them very much.”

Welcoming the appointment of his successor, Archbishop Tartaglia said;

“I welcome the appointment of Father John Keenan as Bishop of Paisley. As Archbishop of Glasgow, I am glad that a priest of the Archdiocese has been named by Pope Francis as Bishop of Paisley. Father Keenan has been a much-loved and respected Parish Priest, and an inspirational Catholic Chaplain to Glasgow University (Turnbull Hall). His appointment gives me a huge headache in trying to replace him. But, in the Church, when one part of the body is made stronger, the whole body benefits.  So, in this case, Paisley’s delight is Glasgow’s joy, and I am certain that Fr Keenan will be a fine bishop for Paisley.

As a former of Bishop of Paisley, I am very happy that the Diocese of Paisley now has a new Bishop. It’s a great diocese and very supportive of its bishops. Bishop-Elect John Keenan can expect a warm and heartfelt welcome throughout the diocese. I was very happy as Bishop of Paisley and I am sure he will be too.

And as President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, along with my brother-bishops, I will be delighted to welcome our new colleague to the Bishops’ Conference. We know that John is a very gifted priest, and we look forward with anticipation to his contribution as a bishop to the work of the Conference.”

Commenting on the appointment, Fr David Boyd said:

"I was absolutely delighted to hear that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, had nominated as bishop of Paisley Diocese Fr. John Keenan.  Over the past seventeen months since Archbishop Tartaglia left for Glasgow we have been praying at many masses in our diocese for,  "a pastor who will please you by his holiness and to show us watchful care". I am certain that in Bishop Elect John Keenan, that prayer has been answered.  On behalf of Bishop Emeritus John Mone, the priests and deacons and lay faithful of the Diocese of Paisley, I can assure Bishop Elect John a very warm welcome and the assurance of our prayers and support.  Over the past seventeen months, as Administrator, I have been taken aback time and time again by the support, energy and good will of all the clergy and people of this Diocese.  I am certain that Bishop Elect John will also experience this and that we will hopefully make him feel at home very quickly".

 
ENDS

Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
07968 122291(M)
pk@scmo.org

Notes to Editors:

1. Biography - Bishop Elect John Keenan: DOB 19/12/64 Born and Baptised: St Joseph's, Cowcaddens , then St Gregory's, Wyndford. School: St Gregory's Primary, Shrigley Salesian College, Cheshire. University of Glasgow (1984-88); Ll.B  Gregorian University Rome (1988-95); S.T.B., Ph.L

Parishes:  Christ the King, Kingspark (1995-2000) and Chaplain at Holyrood (1997-2000) Lecturer in Philosophy, Scotus College (1995-2005) University of Glasgow Chaplain (2000-2014) and Parish Priest, St Patrick's, Anderston (2013-14) Vocations Director, Archdiocese of Glasgow (2013-14)

2. The installation of the new bishop will take place in St. Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley on Wednesday 19 March 2014, the Feast of St. Joseph.

3. Bishop Elect John Keenan will become Scotland’s youngest Bishop following his Episcopal Ordination on 19 March.

4. The Diocese of Paisley was established in 1947 to serve the Roman Catholic Community within Inverclyde, Renfrewshire & East Renfrewshire (excluding Thornliebank). Although a small Diocese in geographical terms, the Diocese serves an eighth of the Catholic population of Scotland.

5. The appointment of Bishop Elect John Keenan, is the third Scottish Episcopal appointment made by Pope Francis since his election on 13 March 2013. He appointed Archbishop Leo Cushley as Archbishop of St, Andrews & Edinburgh on 24 July 2013 and Bishop Stephen Robson as Bishop of Dunkeld on 11 December 2013.
Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Dunkeld - 11 Dec 2013

Pope Francis has today appointed Bishop Stephen Robson, currently Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh as the new Bishop of Dunkeld.

Bishop Robson will replace Bishop Vincent Logan who stood down as Bishop of Dunkeld after almost 30 years in December 2010 on health grounds. Monsignor Basil O’Sullivan has been the Administrator of the Diocese in the interim.

Reacting to the announcement, Bishop Robson said;

“I am deeply honoured to have been chosen by Pope Francis as the next Bishop of Dunkeld. Dunkeld is a beautiful diocese set in the heart of Scotland and I look forward to living and working there, getting to know the clergy, religious and laity and accompanying them on their Christian journey.  I look forward to trying to build up the People of God in the Faith and in the confidence of being Catholic in a challenging world. I look forward especially to helping the young and families to live the Gospel and to serve Christ in the Church. A big priority must also be to encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life”

Welcoming the appointment of his successor, Bishop Vincent Logan said;

“I was delighted to hear that Pope Francis has chosen Bishop Stephen Robson as my successor as the Bishop of Dunkeld. I offer Bishop Stephen my warmest congratulations on his appointment and assure him of my prayers and support as he prepares to begin his ministry in the Diocese of Dunkeld.”

Commenting on the appointment, Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh, said:

“I am delighted that the Holy Father has nominated Bishop Stephen Robson as Bishop of Dunkeld.  In my brief time in Edinburgh, I have learned of a widespread affection and respect for him as a person and as a priest, and I will miss his wise counsel, energy and hard work at the service of the Archdiocese.  I am sure that the people and priests of Dunkeld will benefit greatly from his goodness, openness  and willingness to cooperate with everyone for the sake of Christ and the Gospel.  May God bless Bishop Stephen and the flock entrusted to his care.“

The President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, also congratulated Bishop Robson, saying;

“On behalf of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, I congratulate Bishop Stephen Robson on his appointment as Bishop of Dunkeld. I am very pleased for Bishop Stephen and for the Diocese of Dunkeld. I wish him every blessing in his new responsibilities.”

Welcoming him to the Diocese of Dunkeld, Monsignor Ken McCaffrey in his capacity as Delegate of the Diocesan Administrator, said:

“In one sense, our Advent period of waiting has come to an end earlier than we had anticipated. We offer our heartfelt welcome to our new Bishop and promise him a warm welcome to the Diocese of Dunkeld, where we look forward to working with him.”

ENDS

Peter Kearney

Director

Catholic Media Office

07968 122291(M)

pk@scmo.org

Notes to Editors:

1. Biography - Right Rev Bishop Stephen Robson, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. Chaplain of His Holiness, 2008-date; Chancellor Archdiocese of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh, 2007-date; Moderator of the Curia in the Archdiocese. Parish Priest of SS John Cantius and Nicholas, Broxburn (2-12-present.

Dob: 1.4.1951. Parents: Leslie and Margery Robson. Ordained: 17.3.1979. Education: University of Edinburgh BSc, 1974; MTh, 1986; Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, STL, 2000, STD, 2003, JCL, 2006. Publications: With the Spirit and Power of Elijah, 2004 (Published Doctoral dissertation, Pontifical University Gregorian Press). Recreations: Music, reading, cinema, theatre. Clubs and Societies: Member of Institute of Biology; Chartered Biologist of Institute of Biology; Member of Canon Law Society of Great Britain & Ireland.


Career: Ordained, 1979; Assistant Priest, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, June- Oct 1979; Assistant Priest, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (St Marie’s), Kirkcaldy, 1979- 1981; Chaplain, St Andrew’s High School, 1979-1981 ; Teacher training in-service, 1981; Professor, St Mary’s College, Blairs (National Junior Seminary), 1981-1986; Secretary to Archbishop O’Brien, 1986-1988; Post Graduate, Edinburgh University, 1986-1988; Assistant, Holy Cross Edinburgh, 1986-88; Parish Priest, Duns, 1988-1989; Novice, Ampleforth Abbey, 1989-1990; Parish Priest Dunbar, 1990-1993; Assistant Episcopal Vicar for Education, 1990-1993; Vicar Episcopal for Education, 1993-1998; Parish Priest, St John Vianney, Edinburgh, 1993-1997; Parish Priest, St Theresa’s East Calder, 1997-1998; Spiritual Director, Pontifical Scots College, Rome, 1998-2006; Professor, Pontifical Beda College, Rome, 1999-2001; Postgraduate, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 1998-2006 (STL, 2000, STD, 2003, JCL, 2006); Parish Priest, North Berwick, 2006-2012; Parish Priest SS John Cantius and Nicholas (2012-present); Judge, Scottish National Tribunal, 2006-2012;

Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh,  Titular Bishop of Tannuna, Tuesday 8 May 2012; Consecrated Bishop 9th June 2012, St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh.

2. Bishop Robson was awarded The Bellarmine medal in 2004. The Bellarmine medal is a gold doctoral medal awarded annually to the two best doctoral theses submitted each year - one in philosophy and one in theology by the Gregorian University in Rome. He was awarded the theology award in 2004 for his thesis on St Bernard of Clairvaux's spiritual theology.

3. The installation of the new bishop will take place in St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Dundee very early in January on a date to be announced shortly. Bishop Robson has chosen as his Episcopal Motto: Peregrinator pro Christo - Pilgrim  for Christ.

Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop-elect Leo Cushley

The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop-elect Leo Cushley will take place at St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh at 11am on Saturday 21st September 2013. Archbishop Elect Cushley who was appointed new Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh by Pope Francis on 24 July will become the eighth Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh since the restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in 1878.
 
He will be consecrated by:
 
Cardinal James Harvey, who will be the principal consecrator and principal celebrant of the Mass of Episcopal Ordination/Consecration. Cardinal Harvey was Mgr. Cushley’'s first superior in the Secretariat of State and is a long-time colleague in the diplomatic service. Cardinal Harvey also worked as a deacon in a parish Edinburgh in the summer of 1974. Cardinal Harvey is from Wisconsin, USA.
 
His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, the Pope’s representative in the United Kingdom.
 
Most Rev. Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, in his capacity as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.
 
Among the guests will be: Rt. Hon Alex Salmond, the First Minister, the Moderator of the General Assembly, Dr Lorna Hood, Bishop John Armes Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, together with the Catholic Bishops of Scotland and other civic and religious dignitaries.
 
Commenting on the Ordination, Cardinal Harvey said;
 
“I am delighted and honoured to part of this historic moment in the life of the Church of St Andrews and Edinburgh.  Archbishop Cushley brings many gifts of mind and heart to his new office.  I am convinced that these gifts, suitable for prudent pastoral governance, will redound to the good of this Archdiocese and beyond.“ 

ENDS
 

Peter Kearney
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Glasgow
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Pope Appoints New Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Pope Francis has today, July 24, 2013, appointed Monsignor Leo Cushley as Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh. 

The new Archbishop will take over the governance of the Archdiocese from Archbishop Philip Tartaglia who has been Apostolic Administrator following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who was Archbishop from August 1985 until March 2013. 

Mgr Cushley is presently Head of the English-language section of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and has been a close collaborator of both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. In his capacity as Prelate of the Anticamera Mgr Cushley has been regularly involved in the visits of Heads of State and other important guests to the Holy See.  Recently he has assisted as Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, the Archbishop of Canterbury and many other high profile visitors called upon the Pope. 

As Head of the English section of the Secretariat of State it was his task to accompany the Holy Father to English-speaking countries.  During 2010 he accompanied Pope Benedict to Malta and Cyprus as well as the United Kingdom. During that visit, at Bellahouston, Mgr Cushley had the pleasure of presenting his family to Pope Benedict. 

Commenting on his appointment, Mgr Cushley said: “I am humbled that our Holy Father Pope Francis has nominated me for such an important task here in our ancient capital.  I know it's a delicate moment and that there is a lot to be done, but with God's grace and the kind support of the clergy and people of Edinburgh, I will work cheerfully and willingly with all the energy I can muster. 

“There are certain important questions that I will also have to familiarize myself with. I have no jurisdiction in the diocese until after I have been ordained in late September.  Only then will I be able to take stock of what has happened and see what can be done. 

“It is my sincere hope to do this always in truth and in charity, with a view to reconciliation and healing among the Catholics of Edinburgh. My first task is to preach the good news, Christ crucified and risen from the dead, to confirm my brother priests in their Catholic faith and ministry, and to be a loving, simple, wise shepherd to the flock that has been entrusted to me.” 

Mgr Cushley counts among his pastimes hillwalking in the Scottish mountains and in the Abruzzi region of central Italy.  He is looking forward to getting acquainted with the Scottish hills again.  He has driven between Rome and Scotland seven times and has enjoyed every minute of it. His new role will mean that he will now surrender his distinctive Vatican number plate as well as his diplomatic passport. 

Mgr Cushley is also a regular jogger and listens to audiobooks while running/walking 10km three times a week in Rome.  He describes himself as “completely rubbish” on the golf course, but enjoys watching the sport (he was at the Open Championship at Muirfield last Saturday). 

Musically his tastes range from U2 to opera by Puccini, Verdi or Mozart. 

Notes to Editors:

 

1. The Archbishop-elect's episcopal ordination will take place in St.

Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh on 21st September 2013, when he will assume the governance of the Archdiocese. Further details of that ceremony will be issued when finalised. Until that ceremony the Archbishop-elect continues to be addressed as “Monsignor Cushley”. 

Biography: 

PERSONAL 

Born, 18 June 1961 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, to Bill and Eileen Cushley, who married in 1960. Both were natives of Lanarkshire; Bill a baker and Eileen a secretary.  Bill Cushley died in 2007.  Mgr Cushley has a brother and sister, Carey (b. 1963), and Kenneth (b. 1966).  Carey, a primary school teacher, and Kenneth, an electrician, are both married, Carey having two children and Kenneth one, and all live in the west of Scotland.  He was ordained to the priesthood on 7th July 1985 at St John the Baptist’s, Uddingston, by Bishop Joseph Devine. 

Presently Mgr Cushley works in the Vatican as Prelate of the Anticamera and Head of the English-language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State.  He has been a priest of Motherwell Diocese for 28 years, and was active in the diocese 1987-1993.  He was asked to work for the Holy See in 1993, and has served in its Diplomatic Service since 1997. 

EDUCATION 

Doctorate in Canon Law at the Gregorian University, Rome (1997) Licence in Sacred Liturgy at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome(1987) Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology, Gregorian University, Rome (1984) Baccalaureate in Philosophy, Gregorian University, Rome (1981) 

Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Rome (1994-1997) Pontifical Scots College, Rome (1979-1987) St Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen (1975-1979) Holy Cross High School, Hamilton (1973-1975) St John the Baptist’s Primary School, Uddingston (1967-1973) All Saints Primary School, Coatdyke (1966-1967)

 

SERVICE AT THE VATICAN 

Prelate of the Anticamera, Apostolic Palace (since 2012) (This is a ceremonial post, one which is close to the person of the Pope, and involves assisting the Holy Father as he receives visitors.) 

Head of the English-language section, Secretariat of State, Vatican (since 2009) (As the head of the English-language section, Mgr Cushley was the head of a team of writers and translators who have a series of tasks related to whatever the Pope requires in the English language.  The work also includes interpreting from English when the Holy Father or the Cardinal Secretary of State request assistance.   Mgr Cushley speaks Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. 

SERVICE IN THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS OF THE HOLY SEE 

Counsellor, Apostolic Nunciature in Botswana (2008) Counsellor, Apostolic Nunciature in South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (2007) First Secretary, Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, New York (2004) First Secretary, Apostolic Nunciature in Portugal (2001) Second Secretary, Apostolic Nunciature in Burundi (1997) [Service in the Nunciatures consists in assisting the Apostolic Nuncio - the Holy See’s Ambassador to a country - in all tasks, and occasionally taking his place as chargé d’affaires.  A Nunciature is identical to any normal embassy, but is also the point of reference for the local Catholic Church with the Church’s central administration in Rome.  The Holy See has full diplomatic relations with 178 of the world’s countries, and over 100 nunciatures on the ground in those countries]

WORK FOR THE HOLY SEE 

Attaché, English-language section, Secretariat of State, Vatican (1993-1994)

SERVICE AS A PRIEST IN DIOCESE OF MOTHERWELL

Assistant Priest, St Aidan’s Parish, Wishaw (1992) Chaplain to St Aidan’s High School, Wishaw (1992) Chaplain to Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell (1992) Assistant Priest, St Serf’s Parish, Airdrie (1988) Chaplain to St Margaret’s High School, Airdrie (1988) Assistant Priest, Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell (1987) 

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Archbishop Muller's Visit to Scotland

Archbishop Gerhard Müller the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith visited Scotland in June 2013 to deliver the prestigious "Cardinal Winning Lecture" at the University of Glasgow.

The Archbishop who heads the Vatican department charged with promoting and safeguarding Catholic doctrine has a long standing relationship with Scotland and has visited many times. For ten years he was Bishop of Regensburg, which is twinned with Aberdeen, and has visited as the guest of both Bishops Conti and Moran on a number of occasions. 

He also brought a message from Pope Francis to Scotland's Catholics, visited a Catholic Primary School, delivered a spiritual reflection to clergy and celebrated Mass in St. Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow. 

Pope Francis has asked Archbishop Müller to convey his "greetings to Catholic teachers and to those preparing them at Glasgow University and good wishes for the success of the Saint Andrew's Foundation for Catholic teacher education." The Pope has also asked the Archbishop to "greet warmly all the Catholics of Scotland, especially the priests whom you will meet during your visit. Aware of recent challenges and of the crosses they have patiently borne." 

In the course of his lecture at the University of Glasgow, Archbishop Müller said; 

"It is opportune at this present moment, amidst the rapidly changing state of society, of higher education generally and also of the Church, to reflect on the nature and distinctiveness of Catholic Education and on the challenges it both faces and also presents."

He proposed that;

"the State has the duty and responsibility to facilitate the wishes of Catholic parents to educate their children according to their desire to pass on their faith to their children."

Commenting on the, "overarching secular tone of society today" and a "growing acceptance of a relativist stance with regard to truth and morality" Archbishop Müller warned against the assumption that "human freedom essentially entails creating one’s own truth and moral good." Adding that there are "logical absurdities in the relativists position: first – in asserting as absolutely true that there is no absolute truth; second – in maintaining that each person’s truth is as valuable as another’s; and third – in asserting that each person’s morality is as good as the other’s. The first represents the collapse of reason; the second and third, if pursued to their logical conclusion, would lead to the breakdown of society."

Archbishop Müller concluded with, "In the midst of so many diverse and at times bewildering versions of educational aims and processes, the Church has a rich and vital vision to proclaim." Adding; "May this new Institute play an important role in the study of this vision, its dissemination for the formation of Catholic teachers, and support of the schools in which this vision becomes realised."

Statement from the Press Office of the Holy See on Cardinal O'Brien

15 May 2013

Mercoledì, 15.05.2013 N. 0301
Pubblicazione: Immediata
Sommario:
Ë COMUNICATO DELLA SALA STAMPA DELLA SANTA SEDE
Ë COMUNICATO DELLA SALA STAMPA DELLA SANTA SEDE

His Eminence Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Andrews and
Edinburgh, for the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last Conclave, and in
agreement with the Holy Father, will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of
spiritual renewal, prayer and penance. Any decision regarding future arrangements for His
Eminence shall be agreed with the Holy See.
[00685-02.01]

! TESTO IN LINGUA ITALIANA
Per le stesse ragioni per cui decise di non prendere parte all’ultimo Conclave, S.Em.za il
Card. Keith Patrick O’Brien, Arcivescovo emerito di St. Andrews and Edinburgh, d’intesa con
il Santo Padre, nei prossimi giorni lascerà la Scozia per alcuni mesi di rinnovamento spirituale,
preghiera e penitenza. Ogni decisione circa la destinazione futura del Cardinale sarà da
concordare con la Santa Sede.
[00685-01.01]
[B0301-XX.01]

News: New Pope

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected Pope. He was chosen on the fifth round of votes by the 115 cardinals meeting in the Sistine Chapel to select Pope Benedict XVI's successor. He is the first Latin American and the first Jesuit to become Bishop of Rome, and has chosen the name Francis.

Reacting to the announcement, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow and President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said;

 "I was surprised that the conclave was so quick. It took hardly any longer than the election of Benedict XVI. Given the pre-Conclave situation,  and the absence of a single dominant figure, I can only see this quick result as God's work. As soon as I heard I went into my chapel and offered a grateful and joyful prayer of
 thanksgiving … Deo Gratias!"

Archbishop Tartaglia added;

 "He is a man of firsts. The first Latin American. The first Jesuit. The first Pope Francis. I think we can take from his first appearance that he is a humble, spiritual and calm man. A reconciler and healer, with a strong background on social justice. His name reminds us of the little saint of Assisi. A simple man who was the poor servant of Jesus and who was given the message 'rebuild my church'. It is  a very significant message for our time. He may also have in mind St Francis Xavier the great missionary and a reminder of the need for a new evangelisation.

Archbishop Tartaglia concluded;

 "We missed having a Pope. Catholics feel the need for Peter. We now have Peter back. The new Pope will give us joy and confidence."

 ENDS

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