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Cardinal says Charles-Camilla marriage inflames sectarian wounds

While wishing the soon to be married Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles future happiness, the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland Cardinal Keith O'Brien has regretted that the announcement focuses attention on "existing blatant anti-Catholic legislation".

It was announced yesterday that Britain's Prince Charles will marry his long-term partner Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony on 8 April.

He said: "I am saddened to think that were Mrs 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."

Cardinal O'Brien suggested that as the Scottish Executive is currently and "rightly focusing attention on eradicating the blight of sectarianism 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."

Prince Charles still plans to arrive in Australia on 28 February.

Reaction from Cardinal Keith O'Brien to the Royal Marriage Announcement (Scottish Catholic Media Office 10/2/05)

Scottish Catholic Media Office
Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh | Cardinal O'Brien
British Monarchy
Scottish Executive
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11 Feb 2005