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Page 14, 12th November 1937 — OMAN'S " KIRKLING " A Resolution and the Result
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OMAN'S " KIRKLING " A Resolution and the Result

" We will go to the Catholic Cathedral." The Council.

"Not if we can stop you.--Anti-Cathohe prejudice.

The Town Council at Oban accepted almost unanimously, some time ago, a resolution that this year the " kirkling "—that is to say, the official visit to a place of worship—should be to the Catholic Cathedrat. The Town Clerk said that there was nothing in the constitution to prevent the Council from attending a Catholic service. The members, with but one dissentient, agreed to the proposal; next Sunday, November 14, was appointed as the date; and intimation of the decision was duly conveyed to Mgr. Martin, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles. This decision, it may be added, is in accordance with one made some years ago that all the churches in the town should be visited in turn.

Enmity in Arms But a very pother of excitement has followed upon this proposed step. The minister of St. Columba parish church, Oban, and joint clerk of the Presbytery of Lorn, left for Edinburgh to consult law agents of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on the legality of the Council's decision. He described the visit of a Scottish town council to a Catholic church as " unheard of," and questioned if•they were acting within their rights as representatives of the town, adding that he intended to find out if any steps could be taken to have the cathedral visit stopped. An ex-Moderator of the Free Church General Assembly, said that the question of constitutional rights had been raised, as the country adhered to the Protestant faith under a Protestant sovereign.

So there it is. And meanwhile the Council's kirkling, it is announced, is postponed.




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