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New Scottish bishop lives in low-income housing area

April 15, 2014

A newly installed Scottish bishop has taken up residence in a parish house in a low-income housing area, rather than in the more opulent episcopal residence.

“[Pope] Francis dreams, and so do I, of a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets and not clinging to its own security,” Bishop John Keenan of Paisley said in an interview with The Herald.

“He doesn’t want, neither do I, a Church with a tomb psychology which transforms Christians into mummies in a museum,” he added. “When people see a Church not just giving to the poor and the excluded but being among them and living with them joyfully, then they will really begin to believe there is a way out of the vicious cycle of living for yourself in your own little bubble.”


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 16, 2014 12:34 AM ET USA

    Oh,my gosh!Apart from bishops who live in opulent mansions,I can think of some priests who would hate to live where their poorer parishioners live.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Apr. 15, 2014 9:33 AM ET USA

    Good for him!! A least he was spared the embarrassment of selling a $2.2M retirement home. Yikes.