Tuesday, 13 July 2010
SCOTTISH BISHOP OPPOSES ACT OF SETTLEMENT WHICH BARS CATHOLICS FROM THE THRONE.
A Scottish bishop has criticised Prime Minister David Cameron for failing to act quickly to scrap the law preventing Catholics from taking the throne.
Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, said the Act of Settlement was a "scandalous" law that discriminated against members of his faith.
The act was passed by the English parliament in 1701 and extended to Scotland after the union.
As it happens I agree with Bishop Devine, it is a disgrace that Charles could marry a Muslim, Hindu or a Scientologist but is barred from marrying a Catholic if he wants to succeed to the throne. Catholics after all make a large part of the population and the law was obviously brought in as some type of ANTI-JACOBITE ruling. It was passed over 300 years ago it's time it was changed. BTW I don't think we need any input from our former Scottish Secretary, A****OLE Jim Murphy.