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National Marriage Sunday: Press
Cardinal O'Brien calls on politicians to " sustain rather than subvert Marriage"

"The Catholic Church in Scotland will inaugurate "National Marriage Sunday" on Sunday 26 August 2012. In a Pastoral Letter to be read out in all of Scotland's 500 Catholic parishes, the Bishops' of Scotland will "place a special emphasis on the role of the family founded on marriage"
and stress that "marriage is a unique lifelong union of a man and a woman"

In a strongly worded message, the Bishops will restate, their "deep disappointment that the Scottish Government has decided to redefine marriage and legislate for same sex marriage" As well as thanking parishioners for their past support in defence of marriage, the message will urge them to, "continue to act against efforts to redefine it"

Endorsing the initiative Cardinal Keith O'Brien, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said;

"The Church's teaching on marriage is unequivocal, it is uniquely, the union of a man and a woman and it is wrong that Governments, politicians or Parliaments should seek to alter or destroy that reality."

Cardinal O'Brien added;

"With this letter we will announce the creation of a National Commission for Marriage and the Family, a body which will be charged with promoting the true nature of marriage, it will develop an online prescence and produce materials and organise events which will help Catholic families to support and sustain marriage"

"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"

Editor 22/08/2012 10:31

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