Rise in attacks on UK Catholics 23 November 2012
Catholics in Scotland are victims of more religious hate crime than any other group in the country, according to a report released on Friday.
Statistics released by the Scottish government revealed an increase of 26 per cent in religious hate crimes in 2011-2012. Anti-Catholic attacks - which made up 58.1 per cent of all religious hate crimes - were more prevalent than attacks on all other religious groups combined.
The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, said that Scottish Catholics remained committed to being part of Scottish society. He said: "Sadly, it seems incontrovertible now that our problem is not so much sectarianism but anti-Catholicism. Popular culture is inventing all kinds of new reasons to marginalise and hate Catholics. In the face of this, the Catholic community of Scotland remains steadfast in faith."
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