Sat 1st Nov 2014 | Last updated: Fri 31st Oct 2014 at 16:19pm

Facebook Logo Twitter Logo RSS Logo

Latest News

Pope names Vatican official as successor to Cardinal Keith O’Brien

By on Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Mgr Leo Cushley at today's press conference in Edinburgh

Mgr Leo Cushley at today's press conference in Edinburgh

Pope Francis has named Mgr Leo Cushley as the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.

The appointment was announced at noon today in Rome. The archbishop-elect succeeds Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who led the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh from 1985 until his resignation in February.

Mgr Cushley is currently head of the English-language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State and has been a close collaborator of both Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. In his capacity as Prelate of the Anticamera, Mgr Cushley has been involved in the visits of heads of state and other important guests to the Holy See. Recently he has assisted the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, and many other high-profile visitors to the Vatican.

As head of the English section of the Secretariat of State it was his task to accompany the Holy Father to English-speaking countries. In 2010 he accompanied Benedict XVI to Malta, Cyprus and Britain.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, until now apostolic administrator of the archdiocese, is introducing the archbishop-elect at a press conference in Edinburgh. The new leader will then speak to clergy, staff and media representatives and deliver his first message to the archdiocese.

In a statement Mgr Cushley said: “I am humbled that our Holy Father Pope Francis has nominated me for such an important task here in our ancient capital. I know it’s a delicate moment and that there is a lot to be done, but with God’s grace and the kind support of
the clergy and people of Edinburgh, I will work cheerfully and willingly with all the energy I can muster.

“There are certain important questions that I will also have to familiarise myself with. I have no jurisdiction in the diocese until after I have been ordained in late September. Only then will I be able to take stock of what has happened and see what can be done.

“It is my sincere hope to do this always in truth and in charity, with a view to reconciliation and healing among the Catholics of Edinburgh. My first task is to preach the good news, Christ crucified and risen from the dead, to confirm my brother priests in their Catholic faith and ministry, and to be a loving, simple, wise shepherd to the flock that has been entrusted to me.”

  • firstparepidemos

    May he bring healing, unity, encouragement and a joyful peace.

  • Richard H Mazyck

    …And, may he warrant the grace of God for perpetual conversion to Christ, for all, through the fullness of the Faith of the Apostles.

  • PetrusRomanus1

    Be the first bishop to offer in person the simplicity of Francis to your people.

  • NatOns

    ‘My first task is to preach the good news, Christ crucified and risen from the dead, to confirm my brother priests in their Catholic faith and ministry, and to be a loving, simple, wise shepherd to the flock that has been entrusted to me.’

    Please God he will implement these blessed sentiments, in season and out: the Catholic Faith.

  • Mustang

    Us here in Edinburgh have been waiting for this day. Deo gratias! Please continue to pray for our wounded archdiocese.

  • Thomas Poovathinkal SSP

    “My first task is to preach the good news, Christ crucified and risen
    from the dead, to confirm my brother priests in their Catholic faith and
    ministry, and to be a loving, simple, wise shepherd to the flock that
    has been entrusted to me.”

    If only every Bishop of the Church believed, thought and lived in this way the Christian world would be the first to be Evangelised.

    APOSTLESHIP is the KEY to serving Jesus the Lord and his people.

    Thomas Poovathinkal SSP

  • peter

    It is most timely this position has been filled with undue delay. May the new Archbishop hit the ground running and quickly get on with this new challenge in the best interests of all Scots.

  • Felix D. Burke

    Having recently read Fr. Matthew Despard’s book Priesthood in Crisis, I pray that this appointment will be part of the solution to Fr. Matthew’s grave concerns regarding priestly celibacy in the Scottish dioceses.

    Fr. Despard’s book is available from Amazon.com on kindle.

  • HughieMc

    “Fr. Despard’s book is available from Amazon.com on kindle.”

    Presumably from the electronic counters marked “FICTION” and/or “FANTASY”. Since I have known the Despard family all my life, or to be more precise for 59 out of my 61 years — my family moved to North Forgewood housing scheme in Motherwell in 1954 and we were one of the first families enrolled as parishioners of the then newly announced parish of St Luke’s; uncle, and cousin, who was in my big sister’s class all through both Primary and High School, closely followed — it gives me absolutely no pleasure whatsoever having to write those words.

    It is not a case of “Fr. Matthew’s grave concerns” but of his sad delusions and wholly misplaced criticisms..

  • ochayethenoo

    Yours would appear to be very much a minority view. Most Scots think he is brave and accurate.

  • Guest

    “it gives me absolutely no pleasure whatsoever having to write those words”

    It gives us absolutely no information whatsoever when you write these words.

  • HughieMc

    A minority view? Tell me how you know that to be the case.

  • HughieMc

    “us”? Who “us”

  • Richard H Mazyck

    Touche`.

  • James M

    “Ministry” ? Hmm. I wonder whether he will be like Mario, who was very grudging in allowing the Old Mass, or like Card. O’Brien, who was a lot more generous. Best to assume the worst, then one can’t be disappointed. That he is a Vatican bureaucrat is hardly a recommendation.

  • F. D. Burke

    If HughieMc disagrees with Fr. Despard, he must refute the specifics of Fr. Despard’s claims. It matters little that Hughie has known the Despard family for many years. That’s admirable but irrelevant. If Fr. Despard’s claims are not true, then he must be refuted. “Ad hominem” arguments (he’s delusional, etc) do not constitute a valid rebuttle.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    I’m sorry, but I cannot accept your denigrations of Fr. Despard, given that the story he is telling is confirmed by the actions towards the Church in Scotland by the Holy See and two Popes.

    One has heard too many stories from too many sources about this gay lobby in Scotland (and elsewhere) for any denials of its existence nor any attempts at character assassination of those denouncing it to be credible.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    I personally know several of the priests libelled by Matthew Despard. I also have friends and associates who know others. I also know priests who went through seminary with Matthew. And, I know several people involved with St John Ogilvie parish in Blantyre

    This simply suggests that you are a member of some sort of anti-Despard clique.

    I will refrain from stating the obvious conclusion that would spontaneously present itself given the nature of Fr. Despard’s story. I naturally hope that such an “obvious conclusion” would be inaccurate, but I am sure you can understand how this looks from the outside.