Lord Gill has been appointed as Scotland’s most senior judge, the Scottish Government announced today.
He is the first Catholic to hold the role and will replace Lord Hamilton, who retires next week. First Minister Alex Salmond described Lord Gill as a man of ‘great stature and integrity,’ who had the ability to improve the justice system. Read more
Lord Gill is, arguably, typical of “top” Catholics in professional life. Catholics, I mean, who make of their religion a “private matter” to be kept at bay during the hours of nine to five, so to speak.
I could ask “why is this?” But that would be disingenuous. As the Pope himself said, on election, those who hold to the basic tenets of the Creed are now regarded as extremists; who’s ever going to appoint to the position of Scotland’s most senior Judge, someone who is a known religious ”extremist”? No, in human terms, it’s obvious why Lord Gill’s Catholicism is not much known outside of certain Catholic circles; why, apparently, he prefers to play it down.
The question for debate here is, how can we change this false perception of fully believing and committed Catholics? Blogger, leprechaun asked me a while back if we could discuss this issue because, in his experience, Catholics adhering to the entire traditional Catholic Faith are regarded not just as “extremists” these days but as “bigots”. Since Lord Gill is a supporter of the Traditional Latin Mass, actively working for its provision through Una Voce Scotland for many years, we may presume that he, like leprechaun, falls into the category of a fully believing “traditional” Catholic, friendly photo-shoots with the liberal Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien notwithstanding.
Well? Is there a false perception of “traditional” Catholics out there – and if so, should we try to change that false image?
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