While the Catholic Church in Scotland denied this week that its bishops were divided over the wording of a controversial pre-election statement, Cardinal Winning has told friends that he is privately backing the Scottish National Party
    The Cardinal, who has become an ardent critic of the Labour Party since it won power in 1997, is believed to have been put under pressure by his brother bishops who felt the statement too openly pro-nationalist. In the final version to be read at Mass on Sunday just days before Thursday's election a reference to "Scotland's historic place within the United Kingdom" was inserted
    The row echoes concerns expressed at the timing of the publication in England and Wales of the tacitly pro-Labour Catholic social teaching document, The Common Good five months before the 1997 General Election.

10:20am 30/4/99 / Catholic Herald


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