Pope appoints priest from socially deprived parish as Scotland’s newest bishop

Evening Times

Gerry Braiden, Local Government Correspondent

POPE Francis has appointed a 50-year-old parish priest from one of Scotland’s most socially deprived areas as the latest Catholic bishop in Scotland.

Monsignor Brian McGee becomes the new Bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles which has been vacant for over 18 months.

He is the latest appointment to the Catholic hierarchy born in the 1960s and marks a generational change within the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, its main decision-making body in the country.

One senior church figure said the Bishops’ Confeence would “benefit from his fresh perspective and thoughtful discernment”.

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