Commenting today on the announcement that Prince Charles is to marry Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles on 8 April 2005, Cardinal Keith O Brien said;
I hope that the Prince of Wales and Mrs Parker-Bowles will find future happiness together. As the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland I am saddened to think that were Mrs Parker-Bowles a Catholic the Prince of Wales would by marrying her automatically lose his right to accede to the Throne “ as would his heirs. As the Scottish Executive currently, is quite rightly focusing attention on eradicating the blight of sectarianism the time may be opportune to assess the impact of existing blatant anti-catholic legislation and the extent to which its existence hinders progress in this effort.
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