Cardinal O'Brien Asks MP's to "Campaign in Support of Life"

LONDON, MAY 12, 2004 ( Cardinal Keith O’Brien told Members of Parliament that the Church and politics were autonomous, though cooperation «served the common good.» He also called on politicians to attend to the «concerns of society.»

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The Scottish cardinal delivered that message in a homily during a Mass today in the crypt of the House of Commons.

Among other concerns, the archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh listed international terrorism and «the defense of life itself.»

«I lament deeply our present culture and laws which show so little respect for the child in the womb and allow for the experimentation upon and destruction of human embryos — life at its earliest and most defenseless,» he said.

The cardinal asked legislators to «campaign in support of life,» explaining that the Church in Scotland would celebrate a Day For Life on May 31.

Cardinal O’Brien visited Westminster as the guest of Member of Parliament Alistair Darling, secretary of state for Scotland. He also planned to attend the Prime Minister’s question time, and to meet with Michael Martin, Speaker of the House of Commons.

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