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| 08th March 2005 | Modified: 16th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 35 times | Liked 0 times

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Response from Cardinal O'Brien to Edward Leigh MP's Ten Minute Rule Bill on the Act of Settlement.  

"It is right that Edward Leigh MP should raise the issue of the religious discrimination at the heart of the British Constitution. The prohibition on Catholics marrying the Heir to the throne or becoming Head of State is discriminatory and offensive. Apart from anything else, the existing legislation is a gross infringement of the human rights of members of the Royal family.  

The Catholic Church still expects that children, where one parent is a Catholic, should be brought up as Catholics.  

While the measures proposed are undoubtedly a step in the right direction, a situation could ultimately arise where a future spouse of the Head of State has their religious liberties infringed through a prohibition on passing on their faith to their children.  

Accordingly, it will be measures which abolish all religious restrictions on members of the Royal Family which will alone remedy this unsatisfactory situation."  

ENDS  

Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
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0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
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