scmo_banner_news.jpg


| 11th August 1999 | Modified: 14th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 41 times | Liked 0 times

11 August
Aug 11
11th August 1999

Scotland s Roman Catholic Bishops this morning met with International development minister, George Foulkes, during a visit by the Minister to the new headquarters of SCIAF, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.

During the Visit, the Bishops took the opportunity to thank the Government for its commitment to ending the scandal of Third World Debt and urged further pressure for a full cancellation of debt during the year 2000.

Bishop John Mone, the President of SCIAF, said: "This government has done a very great deal to promote the cancellation of unpayable debts in the run up to the Jubilee Year 2000. In recent months that call has been taken up by President Clinton and there is now very real hope that concrete steps will be taken to lift this intolerable burden on developing countries.

"We would like the Government to step up the pressure on its international partners so that the new millennium can start debt free for some of the world s poorest peoples."

Cardinal Thomas Winning, Archbishop Keith O Brien and Bishop Maurice Taylor met with the minister and his advisers for two hours and both sides expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

The Bishops expressed their concern over Government support for contraception programmes in the Third World.

Cardinal Winning said: "The Church s position on contraception and abortion is well known. What we ask is that the Government give at least parity of esteem in promoting the natural methods of regulating births. These are effective, safe and cheap and they respect the culture and traditions of people on developing countries.

"We also look forward to the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland participating more fully in policy discussions on international development and to further meetings on a regular basis."



PR 081199 TC  

Posted by . You can also subscribe to email updates.

Like   Back to Top   Seen 41 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Bishops announce appointment of new curator

| 6 days ago | Blogging

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has announced the appointment of Dr Alison Burke as Curator of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Collection at Blairs Museum. Dr Burke was previously Creative Project Co-ordinator with Aberdeen City Council where she started in 2017 to build creative networks in Ed...

Catholic church’s anti bullying strategy sent to Scottish Labour leader

| 28th June 2017 | Blogging

The Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan has sent a copy of the Catholic church’s anti bullying strategy to Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, after a controversial Tweet in which she suggested “inclusive education” was not supported in Catholic schools.   In ...

Church calls on BMA members to oppose decriminalisation of abortion

| 23rd June 2017 | Blogging

In a letter to Scotland’s catholic parishes, the Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan has urged catholic members of the BMA to sign an open letter to the organisation urging delegates to the BMA conference next Tuesday (27 June) to reject a motion calling for abortion to be...

Catholic Church Safeguarding Review Group established

| 15th June 2017 | Blogging

In December 2016, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Scotland announced that Helen Liddell would Chair the Independent Review Group (IRG) set up as a result of the McLellan Commission Report into the current safeguarding policies, procedures and practices within the Church in Scotland.   T...