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?