New Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LONDON 25th JULY 2013

THE CATHOLIC UNION OF GREAT BRITAIN WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW ARCHBISHOP OF ST ANDREWS AND EDINBURGH

The Catholic Union is pleased to add its voice to that of the wider Church in these isles upon the news of the appointment of Mgr Leo Cushley as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh by the Holy Father yesterday.

Commenting on the appointment, Catholic Union Chairman Robert Rigby said “This appointment of Mgr Cushley as the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh is extremely good news for the Church in Scotland.  The Catholic Union, whose role as the voice of Catholics in public life across this country, has a determined following north of the border. We have been involved in several important cases concerning the place of Catholics in daily life in Scotland recently, most notably with the case of the two Scottish midwives, who found themselves at odds with the health authorities, over their stance in assisting with abortions.  {Following an earlier ruling that they could not be classed as “conscientious objectors” to abortion because of their religious beliefs, in April of this year, the Court of Session in Edinburgh overturned the earlier ruling on the Midwives, and indeed anybody who objects to the whole process on grounds of conscience.}

This is testament to the hard work and diligence of the Catholic Union and others,” he added, “working alongside those involved, so that individual conscience and the common good of society can be upheld and maintained.  We look forward to a new springtime for the Catholic Church in Scotland with clarity of leadership, where the moral value of the Church and Christ’s teaching of caring and support for the individual are upheld”.

ENDS