Cardinal Thomas Winning, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, has
attacked the Act of Settlement as a grubby little secret that shames our nation.
The Act bars any Roman Catholic or anyone married to a Roman Catholic from
being in line to the throne.
It would force Prince William to renounce that right if he chose to marry
Cardinal Winning said in an article in the Sunday Herald newspaper
that the Act which also bars illegitimate children and non-Christians from the succession,
needed to be tackled ‘sooner rather than later’.
‘The Act passed by the narrowest of margins 300 years ago and absorbed
into Scots law under the Act of Union, contains words of bigotry directed against those of a
Popish persuasion which if they were included in a TV programme would force the schedulers to
broadcast it after the watershed’, he wrote.
Yet three centuries on, the Act remains on the statute book – untouched
and almost forgotten were it not for the determination of a group of parliamentarians from
all [?] parties to push for change on this issue.
Calls to repeal the Act were debated in the Scottish Parliament, which has
no power to change that law – earlier this ear, but has never been discussed in
Cardinal Winning added:
‘The question is whether there is enough of a will among politicians
preparing their election manifestos to include within them a commitment to repeal the grubby
little secret which still shames our nation.
We have seen the devolution of this ‘United’ Kingdom; the return of
the ‘Stone of Scone’; the invasion by stealth of European manipulation in the nation’s
affairs, and the failure to be able to prosecute the ministers who signed the Maastrict
Treaty. The people have been refused a referendum on whether to be in or out of Europe, and
we have the First Catholic Prime minister and Speaker of the House of Commons. We are seeing
the destruction of the moral fabric of the country, when we have the attack on the monarchy
by the Guardian newspaper and this attack on the Act of Settlement to name but a few
events and the Biblical foundations are being brushed aside. All this seeks to demoralise and
strip this country of its power by taking away its identity.
This act is hardly ‘grubby’ and it would seem not much of ‘a secret’.
"Bigotry" was his word. It is increasingly interesting how people use words that
they clearly cannot manage and obviously do not know the meaning of. His view is that it is
acceptable for the Pope to make his decrees from the Vatican ‘dictator’ parliament but not
for our country to choose to exclude certain elements of society that have been, are and will
obviously continue to be alien and divisive.
Presumably Cardinal Winning would be quite content, from his remark,
‘which also bars illegitimate children and non-Christians from the succession’, for
such non-Christians, say a Muslim or a Hindu to be dictating the spiritual welfare of the
Unlikely! Could This Be His Bigotry?