Catholic bish­ops join Holyrood

The Oban Times - - ANNOUNCEMENTS -

Catholic bish­ops of Scot­land joined mem­bers of par­lia­ment at a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion in Holyrood last Tues­day (Novem­ber 27) to mark the con­tri­bu­tion of the Church to Scot­tish so­ci­ety.

The event, spon­sored by Elaine Smith MSP, high­lighted the ex­ten­sive work car­ried out by agen­cies and com­mis­sions of the Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ence of Scot­land and its as­so­ci­ated or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Bishop Hugh Gil­bert, pres­i­dent of the Bish­ops Con­fer­ence, said: ‘We are very grate­ful to Elaine Smith, MSP, for spon­sor­ing this event and to Aileen Camp­bell, Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, for her sup­port.

‘The Church in Scot­land wel­comed this op­por­tu­nity to show­case at least some­thing of what we do. The Church is a world­wide, com­plex and many-faceted in­sti­tu­tion but in the end, it is peo­ple; names, faces, bod­ies and souls. It is peo­ple help­ing peo­ple, not just from cra­dle to grave, but from be­fore birth to after death, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

‘What we could never do as in­di­vid­u­als we can do to­gether from prayer to food­banks, from the kind word to the very hand­son prac­ti­cal, from here to places in the world hit by dis­as­ter or op­pres­sion.’

Bishop Gil­bert added: ‘The word Catholic means uni­ver­sal. And I think all of what was on dis­play at the spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion in Holyrood re­flects our de­sire to reach out and cre­ate unity.

‘All we want to be is at the ser­vice of each and ev­ery hu­man be­ing, cre­ated in the im­age and like­ness of God, en­dowed with an in­nate dig­nity and in­alien­able rights, which nei­ther we nor the law nor gov­ern­ment cre­ate, but which we can strive to recog­nise and serve.’

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