This week’s Catholic Herald carries an interview with Archbishop Leo Cushley (St Andrew’s & Edinburgh) Unfortunately, the interview does not appear to have been published on the Herald website, so no link available – extract below.
The dispatch of someone this eminent to Edinburgh is a measure of just how seriously Pope Francis takes Scotland’s troubles. It is said to be the only appointment in the English-speaking world which he has personally directed.
But Archbishop Cushley dismisses talk of a Catholic crisis in Scotland. “I wouldn’t say that at all.” he insists. “The Church has actually grown in recent years, you know. The fundamentals are good. The preaching of Jesus Christ has not changed. And with a new Pope putting new emphasis on mercy, on openness, on healing, on welcome, it’s a great time to be part of the Church.” (interview ‘We are not in crisis’ – Archbishop Leo Cushley talks to John MacLeod about Cardinal O’Brien, witnessing a papal resignation, the X-Factor and his latest culinary adventure.)
I wonder if Catholic Truth – or anyone else with serious concerns about the very real crisis in the Church in Scotland (and elsewhere) – will be “welcomed” by the new Archbishop? Will we get to experience some of that famous “mercy” and “healing” and “openness”? Why do I doubt it?
But never mind what I think – what do you think, folks. Is the Archbishop right – is there no crisis, after all, in the Church in Scotland?