Bishops elect new office bearers

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The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, held in Edinburgh yesterday (November 5th), saw the election of new office bearers to take up positions for a three year term.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia was elected President; Bishop Joseph Toal – Bishop for Argyll and The Isles – took up the post of Vice President, and Bishop Hugh Gilbert was elected Espiscopal Secretary.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who will be 27 next March, intimated his intention to stand down as Conference President.

After the election, Archbishop Tartaglia commented: “I am honoured to have been elected President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and grateful to my brother bishops for the trust they have placed in me.

“I would like to pay tribute to Cardinal O’ Brien and Archbishop Conti as outgoing President and Vice President for all they have done for the Bishops’ Conference over the past 10 years.”

Of his position, Bishop Toal said: “I am, happy to serve the Bishops’ Conference in the capacity of Vice President and grateful that I have been asked to do so.

“I look forward to working with Archbishop Tartaglia and Bishop Gilbert and serving the whole Church in Scotland.”