All Saints, St Andrews

I was in All Saints on Sunday morning. It’s a place where generations of students have ‘discovered’ the Catholic tradition in the Scottish Episcopal Church. I’ll never be a natural at this – too many years with flowers in the centre of the altar – oops – call that Communion Table.

Anyway I did bring a script – particularly in honour of the Pope who does unscripted homilies. Problem for Latin types – and I suppose Irish – is that once the tap is turned on and the words are flowing, almost anything can happen. The Pope went refreshingly off piste when he suggested that there might be space for non-Catholics and even atheists in heaven. Fortunately the minders were able to get the gates firmly shut again – extra ecclesia and all that.

You can read about it and, more importantly, what it takes for the church to survive and thrive …. here