Scottish Parliament Elections: Bishops’ Pastoral Letter

Read the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament Election, to be held on 6th May.

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, through the Catholic Parliamentary Office, has distributed a Pastoral Letter addressed to Scottish Catholics, which should be made available to them before the Scottish Parliament Election on Thursday 6th May.

Scotland’s 7 bishops (and the Administrator of the Archdiocese of Glasgow) explain that “this election presents us with an opportunity to play our part in putting human life and the inviolable dignity of the human person at the centre of Scotland’s political discourse.”

They go on to say that Catholics have a duty “to share the Gospel and to help form the public conscience on key moral issues,” some of which the bishops outline in the letter. They are:

  • Beginning and end of life issues
  • Family and Work issues
  • Poverty, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Environmental issues
  • Free speech, free expression, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • Catholic education

The bishops urge Catholics to make use of a resource on the Catholic Parliamentary Office website “to help you in your consideration of election issues and to use the tools available to question candidates.”

The website resource, referred to in the letter, should be live in time for the weekend and can be accessed via this link:

To read the Pastoral Letter, download it here: