Archbishop Cushley and his fellow Scottish Bishops have welcomed Pope Francis' call for a Synod on the theme of Synodality, to be held in 2023.

It will begin with "a period of consultation and discernment" in local churches, on Sunday 17 October.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland said: “Last Sunday the Church celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and our Lady at the very beginning, the birthday, of the Church.

"We gave thanks for the gifts of the Holy Spirit that first Pentecost but also celebrated the ongoing gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Church.

"Mindful of these gifts the Bishops of Scotland welcome the initiative of Pope Francis to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church, to the People of God, to listen to one another, and to make that Synodal journey together of communion, participation and mission.”

Participative

He added: “The Pope has called for a very participative process, engaging all the faithful, which will prepare for this Synod. The Bishops of Scotland welcome the Initiative for a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.

"As the principle and foundation of unity in our dioceses, the Bishops look forward to the launch of the Synodal journey, a period of consultation and discernment in our local Churches, on Sunday 17 October of this year, and preparations are now being made for that event.

"We ask all the faithful to pray for the success of this initiative in the life of the universal and local Church, and above all to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and listen to the Holy Spirit speaking through all of us in the Body of Christ.”

Read more about the process on the Vatican news website.