The latest press release from the Scottish Catholic Media Office (SCMO) reports the news of Pope Francis’ appointment of the new Bishop of Galloway. Below is a particularly interesting extract:
“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.” End of Extract
“Embracing Change” got me Googling and while – curiously – there appears to be no mention of this project on the Diocesan website, there is here
Fr McFadden is a former Rector of Scotus Seminary, which closed on his “liberal” watch. He has featured prominently in our newsletter over the years, and there is no question about his agenda. So, it’s not surprising that his welcome to his new bishop is far from being unqualified. If the Bishop pursues Fr McFadden’s agenda, and “embraces change” he’ll be welcome in Galloway. That’s how I read it. Interesting times ahead in that neck of the woods. Let’s hope and pray that the new Bishop is not of the same “liberal” mindset as his Vicar-General. That, frankly, would be the nail in the coffin of the Diocese of Galloway which has been in meltdown for years. It goes without saying that we wish the new Bishop every grace and blessing in his appointment to a diocese which a Galloway priest once told me was/is the most sterile spiritual soil in Scotland, second only to the Diocese of Aberdeen for it’s impoverished Catholicity.