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February 11, 2005

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Cardinal attacks anti-Catholic law as Prince is engaged

-11/02/05

In a pointed rider to a statement wishing Prince Charles and Ms Camilla Parker-Bowles ìfuture happiness togetherî when they marry on 8 April 2005, Cardinal Keith OíBrien, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, has deplored the ìsectarianismî involved in the UKís legal settlement concerning the Crown.

ìI am saddened to think that were [Camilla] 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,î said the Cardinal in a statement released yesterday.

He continued: ìAs the Scottish Executive is currently quite rightly focusing attention on eradicating the blight of sectarianism in Scotland, 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.î

Cardinal OíBrien was referring to the Act of Settlement, 1701, clause II of which stipulates "that all and every person and persons, who shall or may take or inherit the said Crown, by virtue of the limitation of this present act, and is, are or shall be reconciled to, or shall hold communion with, the See or Church of Rome, or shall profess the popish religion, or shall marry a papist, shall be subject to such incapacities, as in such case or cases are by the said recited act provided, enacted, and established."

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Cardinal attacks anti-Catholic law as Prince is engaged

-11/02/05

In a pointed rider to a statement wishing Prince Charles and Ms Camilla Parker-Bowles ìfuture happiness togetherî when they marry on 8 April 2005, Cardinal Keith OíBrien, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, has deplored the ìsectarianismî involved in the UKís legal settlement concerning the Crown.

ìI am saddened to think that were [Camilla] 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,î said the Cardinal in a statement released yesterday.

He continued: ìAs the Scottish Executive is currently quite rightly focusing attention on eradicating the blight of sectarianism in Scotland, 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.î

Cardinal OíBrien was referring to the Act of Settlement, 1701, clause II of which stipulates "that all and every person and persons, who shall or may take or inherit the said Crown, by virtue of the limitation of this present act, and is, are or shall be reconciled to, or shall hold communion with, the See or Church of Rome, or shall profess the popish religion, or shall marry a papist, shall be subject to such incapacities, as in such case or cases are by the said recited act provided, enacted, and established."

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