|UK||SCOTTISH CHURCH LEADER WISHES AWAY ANTI-CATHOLIC BIGOTRY|
Preaching at a church service to mark the beginning of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Church of Scotland's top official has put paid to the "lie" that Protestants are anti-Catholic.|
The Moderator, the Right Reverend Andrew McLellan, delivered his comments in a sermon at St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Edinburgh. He was the first Moderator ever to preach there.
Rev McLellan said: "It is a lie that Protestants are against Catholics. Those who say that Protestants are against Catholics are liars, but no lie can live forever and this one is long past its die-by date."
He also talked about the festival and attempted to dispel the myth that Christians were against the arts. His sermon concentrated on the belief that Protestants were anti-Catholic.
The sort of bigotry that once thrived in Scotland was on the wane, he said.
"If I am right then anti-Catholic prejudice among us is increasingly a thing of the past," he said.