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LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017

SCOTLAND

LITURGICAL TEXTS During this year the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has published two new liturgical texts: the Order of Confirmation, which was a joint publication with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales; and the Order of Celebrating Matrimony which is approved for use only in Scotland. CCEE MEETING In November of 2016 the Conference was privileged to host the annual meeting of media officers, spokespersons and Bishops in charge of social communication of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE). It was held in Glasgow from November 16-19. The theme of the discussions was most relevant for our times: ‘Communicating the Christian message in increasingly secular societies.’ CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY In April of this year the Conference began its formal engagement with the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. The scope of the Inquiry is limited to children who had been in care over the one hundred years until 2014. It is being chaired by a High Court judge, Lady Smith. The first engagement was a call for written evidence based on a questionnaire provided by the Inquiry. This was followed up by a series of public hearings at which witnesses, suggested

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PRESIDENT HIS GRACE MGR. PHILIP TARTAGLIA ARCHBISHOP OF GLASGOW

SECRETARY GENERAL MGR. HUGH BRADLEY

by the Bishops’ Conference, were questioned on the written evidence. Lady Smith has publicly thanked the Conference for its cooperation with the Inquiry so far. The Inquiry continues. Running alongside the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, the Conference continues to implement the recommendations of the McLellan Report, which had been commissioned by the Conference of Bishops as an independent investigation into the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Catholic Church in Scotland. It is expected that the implementation will be complete by the end of 2017. ELECTIONS May 2017 saw a general election to the United Kingdom Parliament. It had been called by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations which have just begun. In fact, the Conservative Government came very close to losing the election: the Conservatives have lost their majority in the House of Commons and have only managed to remain in power by securing a coalition deal with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. The General Election saw a reduction in the number of Scottish National Party Members of Parliament being returned to Westminster, although they still make up the largest

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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