By Bill Heaney
Following the death of Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, on Monday, and in accordance with the rules laid down by the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese has elected a Diocesan Administrator.
The new Administrator of the Archdiocese of Glasgow will be Monsignor Hugh Canon Bradley, who has served until now as Vicar General under Archbishop Philip.
Mgr Hugh, having made the required Profession of Faith, now assumes day-to-day control of the functioning of the Archdiocese until the Holy Father, Pope Francis, names a new Archbishop of Glasgow.
A native of Croy in East Dunbartonshire, Mgr Hugh was ordained by the late Cardinal Tom Winning in 1989 and holds ecclesiastical degrees in philosophy, theology and Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as well as a BA from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
Mgr Hugh is currently Parish Priest of the historic old parish of Holy Cross, Crosshill, a post formerly held by Dumbarton-born James Ward, Bishop of Sita, and has a wealth of administrative experience, having served as an official at the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican, General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, and latterly as Vicar General of the Archdiocese.
Following his election as Administrator, Mgr Hugh, who is pictured top meeting Pope FRancis in Rome, said: “We are all still stunned and sorrowing following the sudden death of Archbishop Philip. We will have to prepare his funeral in the difficult circumstances of the current health emergency and in conjunction with his family. We hold him and them in affection and prayer at this difficult time.
“The role of the Administrator is to ensure the proper functioning of the Archdiocese until a new Archbishop is appointed. I will carry out that task to the best of my abilities, and I ask for the prayers of the clergy, religious and laity of the Archdiocese in so doing.”
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia pictured with Sister Myra Gallagher, former head teacher of Notre Dame High School in Dumbarton. Picture by Bill Heaney