The first edition of Open House asked why another Catholic periodical? It acknowledged that the Scottish Catholic community was well served by weekly newspapers which brought news from around the church – a task now taken up by the fortnightly Scottish Catholic, following the demise of the Scottish Catholic Observer. The Scottish bishops had called for ‘a Church of communion and participation, with every member sharing responsibility for what the Church is and does’. This, said Open House, meant people taking more seriously the fundamental Christian doctrine of the indwelling of the Spirit in every believer – a doctrine that has ‘profound implications for a Church which, since 1870 and the infallibility decree, has arguably overplayed the pyramid symbol in its self image’. As a result, ‘opportunities for lay initiative… remain limited and that limitation impoverishes the whole church’. Open House set out its stall to fill the gap as an independent lay venture.