Archbishops urge Scots to vote in referendum

01 September 2014 | by Brian Morton

Scotland’s archbishops have urged participation in the independence referendum.

In a joint statement Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow have asked Scottish Catholics to engage in the issues surrounding the vote on September 18. Both Archbishops sent pastoral messages to parishes last weekend.

Referring to participation in the referendum as a “civic duty”, Archbishop Cushley said that no matter the result of the referendum: “I would hope that all Catholics will continue to engage positively in public discourse, and ensure that the Christian message and its values are better expressed and understood, to the benefit of the whole community. By doing so, our beloved land will be a more just, peaceful and prosperous place for all its citizens.”

Underlining the Church’s consistent position of neutrality on the vote, Archbishop Tartaglia encouraged and urged all those eligible to vote “to do so with complete freedom of choice and in accordance with their prayerful judgement of what is best for the future.” 

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