New Scots Bishops Soon…

New Scots Bishops Soon…

The Vatican will appoint a wave of new bishops to dioceses in Scotland in the coming months, the papal nuncio has told clergy.

Following Pope Francis’ acceptance of the resignation of the Bishop of Motherwell, half of Scotland’s eight dioceses are without bishops.

Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, met with clergy from Motherwell Diocese on Thursday last week to inform them of Bishop Joseph Devine’s resignation and to give them encouragement.

The nuncio told clergy that he hoped an appointment in St Andrews and Edinburgh would be made later this month and that appointments to the dioceses of Dunkeld and Paisley would be made by the end of the summer. He added that the plan was to name a new Bishop of Motherwell by Christmas.

It is understood that on two occasions when an individual was recommended as the new Bishop of Dunkeld this was blocked by the Congregation for Bishops, the Vatican department in charge of ratifying bishops’ appointments. It is believed that on one occasion the candidate was regarded as too young.  Click here to read source

Well?  Is the Congregation for Bishops right to avoid appointing young candidates?

Or are there other, more important, obstacles to becoming a bishop?  Should the former rector of Scotus College, Fr William McFadden be appointed, for example, despite his track record as a dissenter? We reported his talk to the Assembly of Clergy in 2002, which one priest described in the feedback form leaked to us as “nothing short of a disgrace. It is a travesty that such a denigration and denial of Catholic doctrine concerning the priesthood, the sacraments and the magisterium firstly be given a voice, and secondly, not receive so much as a word of criticism from the senior clergy present.”  (Assembly of Clergy, Report, May 23, 2002).

And we’ll be reporting his input at the recent talks on the Council of Trent help in St Peter’s Partick, where the innocents abroad who attended were told that Trent was a preparation for Vatican II. Whereas, in fact, it is the Council of Trent which helps keep us sane as we suffer the “spirit of Vatican II”!

In any case, having been rector of Scotus seminary might place Fr McFadden up there as a possible candidate. Would his appointment to fill of one of the Scottish episcopal vacancies help restore the Church in this fair nation?

Comments (63)

  • Crossraguel Reply

    As the end of the month comes and goes, out wait apparently goes on. Hopefully Damian Thompson’s latest ‘rumours from Rome’ are not indicative of a change in liturgical direction under Pope Francis:

    June 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm
    • editor Reply

      Well, the dissenters are delighted with Pope Francis, and his liturgical “leanness” is one reason. For example, in this weeks’ RMBL column (Rubbish From Mons Basil Loftus) he concludes a very nasty piece on pomp and ceremony by suggesting, with the thinnest of veils over the suggestion, that the Traditional Latin Mass (which he calls the extraordinary form, of course) should be done away with, since it could be a problem in the future. Words not in front of me right now but they will be in front of you when your August newsletter arrives – I’m spoilt for choices of Leftus/Loftus quotes but that’s one I’m definitely going to include.

      I repeat; as one of our parishioners said to me last week “Pope Francis is a poor pope all right, only not in the way he thinks!”

      July 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm
  • Crossraguel Reply

    This week’s Catholic Observer carries an explanation of the delayed episcopal appointments:

    Scotland’s vacant dioceses may have to wait for hierarchical appointments

    NEW bishops for Scotland’s vacant dioceses may not be appointed in the near future.

    Catholics in St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese had expected a new archbishop to be appointed last month, but that has now been delayed.

    The Apostolic nuncio to the UK, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, suggested last month that a new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh would be appointed by the end of June, followed by the filling of vacancies at several other Scottish dioceses.

    However, that has not happened and it was reported last week that a spokesman at the Papal nuncio’s London office said that Archbishop Mennini, whose role includes the recommendation of bishops to the Pope, had been ‘perhaps a little optimistic,’ adding that there had been a delay in the appointment.

    Saying he hoped the appointment would be ‘soonish,’ the spokesman added that he could not predict when Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s successor would be appointed as it was ‘in the hands of Rome’ and there was ‘nothing else we can say.’

    Though a new archbishop for St Andrews and Edinburgh is still expected to be the first new bishop appointed, bishops for the other vacant dioceses are not now expected this summer.

    Four of Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses are currently without bishops. As well as St Andrews and Edinburgh, Bishop Vincent Logan retired from Dunkeld last year, Paisley Diocese has been vacant since Archbishop Tartaglia moved to Glasgow Archdiocese last October and Bishop Joseph Devine of Motherwell’s resignation wad accepted earlier this year, as he had reached the mandatory retirement age of 75.

    July 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm
  • spiritustempore Reply

    The English bishops have been petitioning Rome to unseat Abp Mennini – I hope that this isn’t a sign that they’ve gained influence in Rome.

    July 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm
  • spiritustempore Reply

    The plot against the Nuncio, cont.
    By Damian Thompson June 12th, 2013

    I’ve written before that the Magic Circle of liberal English bishops don’t like the Pope’s splendidly independent-minded Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini.

    Now word reaches me that their lobbying against him has reached Francis himself. My source adds: “It’s also rumoured that [a very senior English prelate but not Archbishop Nichols] has been advising whoever will listen to slow down the appointments process at home on the basis that our Nuncio won’t be around very long and that *wink, wink* the new one will allow the sorts of appointments we want.”

    Many Catholics are outraged that the papal ambassador should be the subject of this whispering campaign: there’s even a Facebook group in Archbishop Mennini’s support. Why not join it?

    July 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    • editor Reply

      As ever, dear old Damian wishes to protect Archbishop Nichols. Note the disclaimer in parenthesis. Not so long since Damian was agitating for the red hat to be given to + Nichols for no other reason than he made a great job of organising the papal visit. Gimme strength!

      July 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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