Catholic Church in anti-gay marriage stance

The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has made its most outspoken attacks yet on proposals for same-sex marriage.

Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia said a Scottish government which backed same-sex marriage did not deserve the support of the Catholic community.

His comments followed warnings from Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti.

The Scottish government said it was holding a consultation on whether same-sex marriage should be introduced.

It said its initial view was religious bodies should be permitted to introduce it, if they wished.

However, as part of the consultation, Bishop Tartaglia, who is tipped to be the next Archbishop of Glasgow when Mario Conti steps down, said such a measure would pile the pressure on any church which chose not to carry them out.

• Full story at BBC Scotland.