BY Ian Dunn | April 4 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


Scotland’s bishops call for Catholics to be politically active

Letter heading to parishes this week ahead of May 5 Scottish election urges to Catholics to vote and even to join political parties

Scottish Catholics are being urged to vote and to join a political party by their bishops ahead of the May 5 Scottish election.

The eight members of the Bishops Conference of Scotland say, in their pre-election guidance to be read out in parishes this week coming weekend, that: “Catholics in Scotland should not simply be passive spectators but should be active participants. Scottish Catholics should cast their vote in May 5 Scottish election will considering the new powers the Scottish Parliament will soon gain, including control of abortion legislation.”

They added that as it is the ‘duty of every Catholic to try to influence society for the better’  and that each parishioner should ‘exercise your democratic right and responsibility to vote in the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections.’

To further Christian. values the bishops are telling Catholics ‘you might well consider it worthwhile to join a political party.’

“Do not leave it to others to determine the future of Scotland,” they say in the letter.

—Full report in Friday April 8 SCO.



Pic: Paul McSherry. Scotland’s bishops aer seen here with the Apostolic nuncio to the UK last month


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