| 29th October 1999 | Modified: 14th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 38 times

29 October
Oct 29
29th October 1999

"The advent of the new parliament seems to have given Scots a new enthusiasm for reconsidering legislation which impacts upon them and which may need amended or repealed. MSPs from all parties have pointed to the Act of Settlement as one such piece of legislation.

I do not think that any fair-minded person could defend the Act of Settlement as it is currently formulated, since it quite crudely discriminates Catholics as such. It is, in short, something of an embarrassing anachronism for both the royal family and Parliament.

Although the Edinburgh parliament does not have ultimate authority over the issue, I am greatly heartened to see MSPs from each of the political parties joining forces to lobby for change. Such a change would go a long way in showing that Catholics can, should and do play a full and equal role in national life."

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