Scottish bishops’ message for Marriage Sunday as talks between Church and state become further strained

Scotland’s bishops are setting up a special commission to protect the family as the Church’s relationship with the Scottish Government becomes ‘increasingly difficult’ over the planned legalisation of same-sex ‘marriage.’

Cardinal Keith O’Brien said on Wednesday that the Church would never waver from its position that it was ‘wrong’ for ‘governments, politicians or parliaments’ to seek to ‘destroy’ the reality of marriage as ‘the union of a man and a woman.’ “While we pray that our elected leaders will sustain rather than subvert marriage, we promise to continue to do everything we can to convince them that redefining marriage would be wrong for society,” Cardinal O’Brien added.

A senior Church official told* The Scottish Catholic Observer *of the bishops’ plans as parishes all over Scotland prepare to mark Marriage Sunday this weekend. Congregations across the country will hear a special message at Mass from the bishops announcing the creation of a National Commission for Marriage and the Family and urging all Catholics to pray for, and sustain, traditional marriage.

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