Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Scottish Catholic heritage to be sold?

Sunday's edition of the Scotsman newspaper carried a story about the possible sell off of several items relating to the heritage of the Scottish Roman Catholic church, with the potential funds raised to be used towards the building of a new £4million centralised national headquarters for the church at Hamilton Drive, Pollokshields. The article claims that the Scottish Catholic Archives has been ordered to make a valuation of potential items that can be auctioned off.

Although only a valuation has as yet been ordered by Archbishop Mario Conti, as president of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Commission, it has prompted some fury in various quarters, including some comment from historian Professor Tom Devine, as well as a claim of "asset stripping" from historian Michael Turnbull. The article states that new headquarters will not only be used to house the church's national headquarters, but also a new home for the Scottish Catholic Archives, currently based in Edinburgh.

For the Scotsman's story visit www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/scotland/fears_of_asset_stripping_as_church_plans_artefacts_sale_1_2152444

(With thanks to 'Searcher' in a comment made on a previous British GENES post)


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