Archbishop Leo Cushley, new Archbishop of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh: there’s no crisis in the Church in Scotland…

Archbishop Leo Cushley, new Archbishop of St Andrew’s & Edinburgh: there’s no crisis in the Church in Scotland…

Archbishop Leo Cushley, new Archbishop of St Andrew's & Edinburgh: there's no crisis in the Church in Scotland...

The new Catholic Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has been consecrated at a ceremony in Edinburgh…

Speaking to the BBC last week, Archbishop Cushley said he did not believe the cardinal (O’Brien) would or should return to Scotland.

But he denied that the Catholic Church in Scotland was in crisis in the wake of the scandal.

He added: “I think the fundamentals are very solid, very sound, but I can’t deny there are important issues that I’m going to have to deal with.” Click on the photo to read the rest of this BBC report.

Then reflect:

According to Edinburgh’s new Archbishop, there’s no crisis in the Church in Scotland. That’s a relief. Either that, or it’s a classic case of “being in denial”, as all the best psychiatrists say…

Personally, I doubt there will be any noticeable change for the better within the Catholic Church in Scotland in the foreseeable future – what do you think?

Comments (52)

  • max

    There is no selection process. the first stage of “inquiry”is precisely that – a stage where people interested in the CAtholic faith can come along and find out more. Since the RCIA was created for the church in africa many years ago most priests have to change and adapt it for the needs of the group and the various abilities therein.

    September 28, 2013 at 11:32 pm
    • Miles Immaculatae

      You have misunderstood. There is most definitely a selection process for catechists. Or at least one would hope the parish priest would employ some kind of selection criteria, otherwise any old nutter could lead RCIA.

      September 29, 2013 at 12:01 am
      • scottish priest

        I cant speak for others I do my catechesis with another chap I know to be orthodox and traditional. it is crucial that the p be involved or other ideas leak into the programme and that is a worry for sure

        September 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm
      • Miles Immaculatae

        As I thought. That is simple prudence.

        September 29, 2013 at 9:20 pm
  • editor

    Miles Immaculatae,

    Since “any old nutter” may apply to be an EMHC and “any old nutter” can read at the NOM, I don’t see why “any old nutter” can’t lead the RCIA.

    You need to get with the “diversity” programme, Miles, where nutters (young AND old) are very welcome!

    September 29, 2013 at 12:12 am
  • catholicconvert1

    I thought, from your reply, where I thought you said I might not ‘get the Trent Catechism, you said the Catechumens had to go through a selection process. Mea Culpa.

    September 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm
  • catholicconvert1


    Is it you that lives at Manchester, or am I getting you muddled up with Sixupman?

    September 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm
    • Miles Immaculatae

      My family lives in Cheshire, near the border with Greater Manchester. I did RCIA in Manchester, at the university chaplaincy. When I visited home I used to attend Mass at the Manchester Oratory, which used to be at the Holy Name, before it moved to Saint Chad’s. I live in Scotland because I am a student. When I visit home I usually attend the SSPX chapels in either Liverpool or Whalley Range Manchester.

      September 29, 2013 at 9:18 pm

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