scmo_banner_news.jpg


Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop-elect Leo Cushley.
 
The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop-elect Leo Cushley will take place at St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh at 11am on Saturday 21st September 2013. Archbishop Elect Cushley who was appointed new Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh by Pope Francis on 24 July will become the eighth Archbishop
of St. Andrews and Edinburgh since the restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in 1878.
 
He will be consecrated by:
 
Cardinal James Harvey, who will be the principal consecrator and principal celebrant of the Mass of Episcopal Ordination/Consecration. Cardinal Harvey was Mgr. Cushley ’s first superior in the Secretariat of State and
is a long-time colleague in the diplomatic service. Cardinal Harvey also worked as a deacon in a parish Edinburgh in the summer of 1974. Cardinal Harvey is from Wisconsin, USA.
 
His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, the Pope ’s representative in the United Kingdom.
 
Most Rev. Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, in his capacity as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.
 
Among the guests will be: Rt. Hon Alex Salmond, the First Minister, the Moderator of the General Assembly, Dr Lorna Hood, Bishop John Armes Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, the British Ambassador to the Holy See,
Nigel Baker, together with the Catholic Bishops of Scotland and other civic and religious dignitaries.
 
Commenting on the Ordination, Cardinal Harvey said;
 
I am delighted and honoured to part of this historic moment in the life of the Church of St Andrews and Edinburgh.   Archbishop Cushley brings many gifts of mind and heart to his new office.   I am convinced that these gifts, suitable for prudent pastoral governance, will redound to the good of this Archdiocese and beyond.  
 
ENDS
 
Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
Glasgow
G1 2DH
0141 221 1168(T)
0141 204 2458(F)
07968 122291(M)
pk@scmo.org
www.scmo.org
 
Note to Editors:
 
1. You are invited to send a photographer/ camera crew to St. Mary's Cathedral for the ceremony on 21 September.
 
2. Archbishop Cushley will not be available for interview on 21 September
 
3. A full biography of Archbishop Elect Cushley is available here:
http://www.scmo.org.uk/articles/pope-appoints-new-archbishop-of-st-andrews-and-edinburgh.html
 
4. The Homily will be delivered by Cardinal Harvey and closing remarks by Archbishop Cushley. The Archbishop's closing remarks are shown below:
 
EMBARGO - 00.01 - 21 September 2013
Address of Archbishop Cushley
 
Eminences,
Excellencies, distinguished guests,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you – all of you – for attending this ordination ceremony.   I ’d like to start by thanking Cardinal Harvey for coming from Rome.   Cardinal Harvey was my first boss when I went to the Secretariat of State, and he used to tell me of his time in Edinburgh as a deacon - and so it was an easy step for me to ask him to come back to be the principal consecrator at my ordination today, and I know he s happy to be here.   I also thank Cardinal Murphy O ’Connor and Cardinal Brady for their presence, as well as the Bishops from both north and south of the border here today.   It is a
very touching gesture, and all of us in the Archdiocese appreciate it very much.  

I' ’d also like to thank the Apostolic Nuncio and would ask him to convey the affectionate greetings and prayers of St Andrews and Edinburgh to the Holy Father.   And I ’d like to thank in your name Archbishop Tartaglia for taking such good care of the Archdiocese, and with prompt and fatherly concern.   I ’d also like to express our gratitude to the
Cathedral parish, its administrator and our seminarians who have prepared everything for today.   Thank you very much. We are honoured by the presence of the First Minister, the Lord Provost ’s representative, and a considerable number of those present in the name of the political and consular bodies here in our ancient capital.   I look forward to getting to know you and to working with you for the good of all the people we try to serve.

I ’m pleased to see diplomatic colleagues from Rome, including Ambassador Nigel Baker and Ambassador Francis Campbell, current and former British Ambassadors to the Holy See, and Ambassador Francis Okeke of Nigeria.
They bring with them happy memories of simpler times, and of some very fruitful work together, including, as a highlight, the preparations for Pope Benedict's Visit to the United Kingdom in 2010.   Thank you very much
for your presence. I ’m especially pleased to greet our friends from the other Churches and communities, including the Moderator of the General Assembly, Dr Lorna Hood, Bishop John Armes of Edinburgh, Dr Iain Torrance and many others. Know that you are all very welcome here, and that I look forward to walking together with you to renew and strengthen the bonds of fellowship we already share in Christ Jesus.

I see many friendly faces from my home Diocese of Motherwell and the Province of Glasgow. Although I ’m now going to live somewhat to the East of the Kirk o ’ Shotts, I hope we ’ll still see each other from time to time!
I also see many colleagues from the Holy See ’s diplomatic service, some of whom have come a very long way indeed to be with us.   God bless you and support you in your service to the communion of the universal Church.
There are also several colleagues from the Secretariat of State and from the English-language section in particular, my old friends and colleagues, who also represent many others spread throughout the world:   thank you for being such good friends and co-workers, and please take my affectionate greetings to those who are manning the fort back in Rome.

There are many other special people here – my mum, brother and sister and their families, and representatives of both my mum ’s and dad ’s own families.   Thank you all for your love and support at home and throughout this adventure in the priesthood. I ’d now like to say a few words to the people and clergy of St Andrews and Edinburgh.   As you may know, a couple of weeks ago the Holy Father called me in to see him.   He wanted to know about all of you and to hear what I could tell him about my plans and priorities, and he listened and commented at length, with the sympathy and understanding of a man who had been an archbishop in a big capital city for many years - Buenos Aires.

One of the things he communicated then and in the coming days was the idea that I should be ‘merciful ’ in my ministry here.   Merciful.   This has already become a key word in his pontificate, and it ’s an idea that comes to him from the Gospels but filtered through his thinking about a quotation that he likes from the Venerable Bede, the famous English
historian.   The Pope told me to look up the Office of Readings for the day and to find his motto - the words ‘miserando atque eligendo ’ where Christ ‘mercifully ’ looks upon Matthew and chooses him.   But he explained that being merciful doesn ’t mean being soft.   It means being gentle but also firm at the same time.   This is what the Pope asked me to be for all of you.   It is also Pope Francis ’ proposal for the way we priests ought to be with each other: firmly resolved to be merciful, to forgive, to be humble, to re-build, to dialogue.   The Holy Father proposed this in his own gentle and fraternal way, but also with the strength of loving conviction and experience.   So, my brother priests, I look forward to meeting all of you shortly, and to getting to know you and to working with you closely for the good of the people we are called to serve.   I have a lot to learn and rely upon your fraternal help and support.   My dear people, help me and my fellow priests as we re-dedicate ourselves to our priestly promises.   Help us by your prayers and example to model our lives on the mystery of the Lord ’s Cross.   This is surely the highway for all of us towards the renewal of the life of the Church that we all desire.   Mother Theresa was once asked famously: “If there was one thing you could do to change the Church, what would you change? ”   And she replied simply: “Change myself ”.

This is surely how we can cooperate with God ’s grace to renew our joy in living the Gospel of love and forgiveness that is Christ ’s message to us from the Cross.   It will no doubt take time and patience for us to see results, but with God's grace and with goodwill towards each other, we will live to rejoice again in our common service of Christ.   And so, as we begin this journey together, please pray for me and for all your priests and give us your blessing.
The final word goes to the young people.   You ’re all very welcome here today!   I see lots of uniforms, one of which I used to wear myself.   This must be the longest Mass you ’ve ever been to.... but it ’s nearly over now!

Pope Francis also had a word for you too:   he told me to have a special care for all of you, and to make sure that you have the best preparation for your adult lives from our Catholic schools.   You are the future – you are our future fathers and mothers, priests and sisters.   Sitting among you are the next priests of this Archdiocese: you will stand here too one day and guide this Church.   This is your greatest challenge – don ’t be afraid to become priests, to pick up where we will leave off and to give the Gospel, entire and whole, to the next generation.   Dear young people,
all our eyes are fixed on you, for you are our future and our hope! Once again, thank you to everyone for being here today.   May God bless all of you abundantly!

Subscribe to Updates

Subscribe to:
Like   Back to Top   Seen 143 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Bishop calls on UK Government to sign and ratify Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

| 25th May 2018 | Blogging

25 May 2018   Bishop William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway and President of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, will tomorrow (Saturday 26 May) at 12 noon join other Church leaders and campaigners in calling for the Secretary of State to sign and ratify the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.   Taking part in the Pentecost Witness at Faslane Naval Base alongside representatives of the Church of Scotland and Scottish Episcopal Church, Bishop Nolan will call on the Secretary of State to urgently develop and publish a transition plan so that the UK is ready to sign and ratify the Treaty.   Commenting ahead of the event tomorrow, Bishop Nolan said:   “We believe in the dignity and right to life of every human being. The threat of nuclear arms poisons the soul of humanity, and their use by any state or leader would be an immoral act against humanity and against God’s creation.”   The Treaty opened for signature at the United Nations on 20 September 2017. Once ratified, it will make the possession, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons illegal under international law.   ENDS   Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org Notes to Editors: 1. Full text of the letter sent to the Secretary of State is copied below 2. An image of Bishop Nolan is available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139632090@N07/25508101134/in/album- 72157666531058155/ Full text of Letter Dear Secretary of State, As you are aware, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signature at the UN on 20 September 2017. Once ratified, this treaty will make the possession use and threat of use of nuclear weapons illegal under international law. We believe in the dignity and right to life of every human being and that nuclear weapons violate that dignity and threaten that life. It is evident that the use of nuclear weapons would have indiscriminate and devastating humanitarian consequences that would extend beyond the borders of any single nation state. The World Council of Churches has stated ‘that as long as such weapons exist, they pose a threat to humanity and to creation’. Pope Francis has condemned not just the threat of use, but the possession of nuclear arms as they serve to create a culture of fear for all humankind and consume vast amounts of human and financial resources that could be better used for human development. The threat of nuclear arms poisons the soul of humanity, and their use by any state or leader would be an immoral act against humanity and against creation. Those signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons agreed not to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess, stockpile, transfer or receive nuclear weapons. The 122 governments so far who have signed the Treaty recognise along with countless numbers of people throughout the world that we have lived with these weapons for far too long and that they must now be outlawed and eliminated. Successive governments of both major parties have affirmed their commitment to multilateral disarmament for the last 50 years, however the decision by Parliament to spend billions of pounds renewing the UK’s arsenal of mass destruction in times of austerity is not a commitment to peacebuilding and is contrary to our commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The British Government, by signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, would be taking a positive step towards fulfilling those commitments. We, the undersigned, ask you to urgently develop and publish a transition plan so that the UK is ready to sign and ratify the treaty at the earliest opportunity. We pledge to continue to do our part to realise a world without nuclear weapons. Bishop William Nolan President of the Scottish Catholic Bishops’ Justice and ...

New Safeguarding Manual comes into force

| 21st May 2018 | Blogging

In a letter sent to all Catholic parishes over the weekend, Bishop Joseph Toal, who is responsible for Safeguarding on behalf of the Bishops ofScotland,has marked the publication of new national Safeguarding standards which come into force on Monday 21stMay.   In his letter, Bishop Toal commends the publication of ‘In God’s Image’, a new and extensive manual which offers comprehensive guidance and instruction on every aspect of Safeguarding in the Catholic Church.   On behalf of all the Bishops of Scotland, he writes:   “Your Bishops want you to know that we aspire to the highest standards of care and protection of all, and we are committed to rebuilding trust and confidence in the ways in which we ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe.”   The publication of these new materials marks the end of a period in which the Church has been implementing the recommendations of the McLellan Commission that reported in 2015, with rigorous oversight by an Independent Review Group chaired by Baroness Helen Liddell.   Bishop Toal states that engagement with survivors will continue to be an important task for the Church:   “For some years now, each Bishop has been meeting with survivors and will continue to do so. Given the profound and sensitive nature of this issue, such encounters take place discreetly, at times and paces suited to the needs of survivors.”   Adding:   “Through the protection and care we show to all, and through the compassion, healing and justice we offer to those who have survived abuse, we must continue to renew, rebuild and restore faith and hope in the church by offering faith and hope to one another. “   ENDS   Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org  www.scmo.org     Notes to Editors:   The new manual can be viewed here:    https://ingodsimage.bcos.org.uk/      Full text of the letter sent to parishes is copied below.   Pastoral Letter for distribution to Congregations on Pentecost Sunday 2018   My Dear People,   I write, on behalf of all the Bishops of Scotland, to draw your attention to the publication of our Church’s new Safeguarding materials which come into force on 21stMay 2018.  These include ‘In God’s Image’, the document which offerscomprehensive guidance and instruction on every aspect of Safeguarding, including compliance with new Safeguarding standards.  This hasbeen shaped by the recent experience and developing expertise of those involved in the front line of Safeguarding in the Church, both in Scotland and internationally.In ratifying this publication, the Bishops have taken the opportunity to repeat and renew apologies made to those who have suffered any form of abuse, at any time, by anyone representing the Church.     Your Bishops want you to know that we aspire to the highest standards of care and protection of all, and we are committed to rebuilding trust and confidence in the ways in which we ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe.  We are most grateful to the teams of Safeguarding personnel in all Dioceses and to over 9,000 trained volunteers who support the work of parishes and religious congregations across Scotland.     The publication of these materials marks the end of a period in which the Church has been working quietly, but tirelessly, to implement the recommendations of the McLellan Commission that reported in August 2015.     Since 2013 we have published annual audits of allegations reported to us each year. Last month, we also published a historical review of non-recent cases of abuse, covering the period 1943–2005. The publication of our annual audits, the historical review and our new Safeguarding materials demonstrate our ongoing commitment to openness and transparency.     We recognise, however, that pu...

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia backs ‘journalism of moral integrity’

| 10th May 2018 | Blogging

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Communications Commission of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, has written to all 500 Catholic parishes this weekend (12/13 May) to mark World Communications Day.     This year, Pope Francis has chosen ‘Truth’ as the theme of his Communications Day message and bemoaned the persistent spread of “fake news”. In his letter, based on the Pope’s theme, Archbishop Tartaglia writes:     “Pope Francis reminds us that Communication is part of God’s plan for us, allowing us to express and share all that is true, good and beautiful.”     Pope Francis has urged Catholics to:     “…contribute to our shared commitment to stemming the spread of fake news and of rediscovering the dignity of journalism and the personal responsibility of journalists to communicate the truth.”     Calling on Catholics to be partners in this quest for truth Archbishop Tartaglia says: “Truth is not just a conceptual reality that regards how we judge things, defining them as true or false. Rather truth involves our whole life…it carries with it the sense of support, solidarity and trust. Journalists are called to be protectors of news and to promote the truth”     ENDS     Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org  www.scmo.org Notes to Editors 1. Full text of Archbishop Targtaglia Letter is copied below. 2. Full text of Pope Francis message for World Communications Day is copied below. My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ In his message for Communications Sunday this year, Pope Francis reminds us that Communication is part of God’s plan for us, allowing us to express and share all that is true, good, and beautiful. But he warns us, that when we yield to our own pride and selfishness, we can distort our ability to communicate. The capacity to twist the truth is a human failing. Today we are witnessing the spread of what has come to be known as “fake news”. This has caused the Pope to make truth the theme of this year’s communications message, when he urges us to: “contribute to our shared commitment to stemming the spread of fake news and to rediscovering the dignity of journalism and the personal responsibility of journalists to communicate the truth.” The term “fake news” refers to the spreading of disinformation online or in the traditional media based on non-existent or distorted data designed to deceive and manipulate the reader by mimicking real news. Social networks can allow untrue stories to spread so quickly that even authoritative denials fail to contain the damage. Such disinformation can discredit and demonise while fomenting conflict and spreading arrogance and hatred. Preventing and identifying the way disinformation works calls for a profound and careful process of discernment. So how do we defend ourselves? The most radical antidote to the virus of falsehood is purification by the truth. In Christianity, truth is not just a conceptual reality that regards how we judge things, defining them as true or false. Rather, truth involves our whole life. In the Bible, it carries with it the sense of support, solidity, and trust. We discover and rediscover the truth when we experience it within ourselves in the loyalty and trustworthiness of the One who loves us. This alone can liberate us, as in the words of the Gospel according to John: "The truth will set you free". To discern the truth, we need to discern everything that encourages communion and promotes goodness. I would like to quote at length from the Pope’s message and urge you to read his text in full which is available on the website of the Catholic Media Office at www.scmo.org. The Pope says; 'The best antidotes to falsehoods are not strategies, but people: people who are not greedy but ready to listen, people...

Archbishop Leo Cushley celebrates first ever Mass in Scottish Parliament

| 28th March 2018 | Blogging

28 March 2018     Today, 28 March, at 12.30pm Archbishop Leo Cushley, Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh, will celebrate what is believed to be the first ever Mass in the Scottish Parliament. All MSPs are invited to attend mass, which takes place during Holy Week.     Commenting on the occasion, Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office said:     ‘The celebration of Holy Mass, the summit of Catholic life, is an opportunity to express prayers for the work of our elected representatives and for the common good of society. Of course, Holyrood means Holy Cross, so in that sense, parliament is a most fitting place for this historic celebration.’       Archbishop Leo Cushley said:     "It is a great privilege to be officially invited to offer Holy Mass within the Scottish Parliament, the first such invitation since the parliament's re-establishment 19 years ago. It is a generous gesture which seems to recognise that Catholics are valued participants in the civic life of contemporary Scotland, where we seek to work with others in advancing the common good."      ENDS   Peter Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org       Notes to Editors: 1. Images will be available from Paul McSherry on at paul.mcsherry@ntlworld.com or 07770393960....