Following the clarification issued by the Crown Office earlier today (Monday 28 August 2006) on the action taken against Artur Boruc of Celtic, Bishop Joseph Devine, President of the National Communications Commission of the Bishops Conference of Scotland issued the following response;
I welcome the Crown Office clarification on this matter, particularly the explanation that the Fiscal in considering the behaviour of the player, did not in any way refer to the act of blessing himself . Equally, the Crown Office statement that they fully respect religious belief and practices and would not countenance formal action against individuals for acts of religious observance is both welcome and reassuring.
Any other conduct which is offensive, causes offence or incites disorder should rightly be the subject of action by individual clubs, the football authorities or if necessary the prosecuting authorities.
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