New Dawn

A guest appearance for my friend, Cardinal Keith O’Brien. The state of the ecumenical movement in Scotland is strange indeed. Those of us who find ourselves in leadership – I have to be careful about claiming that for myself of course – have many things about which we disagree. ACTS Scotland has many problems. Yet we have warm personal relationships.

The Cardinal invited me to join him at the Opening Mass of the New Dawn Conference at Madras College, St Andrews. It’s Scottish Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

So what did I learn? Well I was particularly glad to have the chance to meet a group of Catholic clergy. That doesn’t often come my way. And I was fascinated by the welcome I received. It was clear that the people there regarded inter-church contact as important. So I took a deep breath and told them that the movement of the Spirit had a way of dealing with institutions and of overcoming difference …