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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Scottish cardinal calls for return of Christian values in politics
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¬†In a hard hitting sermon yesterday, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland accused Scotland's mass media and politicians of not reflecting the values held by most Scots. Speaking at a celebration for the 20th anniversary of African/Scottish links at St John's Catholic Church in Portobello, the Cardinal, who is due to attend a meeting of European and African bishops in Rome next week said: "However well intentioned the actions of our medical professionals may be, despite the fact that we all support the ends being sought ≠ if not the means being used ≠ the fact remains that our current approaches risk undermining the morality of a generation" He also voiced support for the objections being raised this week by Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow to the decision by the Greater Glasgow Health Board to pilot the free distribution of the Morning After Pill to schoolchildren. Cardinal O'Brien charged policymakers with " denying our young people the guidance and the tools they need to be able to make sound moral judgements about how they behave. We are casting them adrift on a sea of moral relativism, where an "anything goes" philosophy prevails" Referring to the recent US elections he said moral values had reached the top of the political agenda in the USA and may do so here. Cardinal O'Brien concluded with a call for a return to Christian moral values in Scotland and a plea to parents to demand that the Scottish Executive pilot abstinence based approaches to sexual health in Scotland, claiming such approaches have the support of two thirds of the population. Source: Scottish Catholic Media Office
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