March calling for cuts to Trident

HERE is a date for the diary. A march and rally against Britain’s nuclear arsenal is being held tomorrow in Edinburgh.

The event is supported by the Justice and Peace Commission, a commission of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, and speakers include First Minister Alex Salmond and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.

The Catholic Church in Scotland has been vocal and steadfast in its opposition to the Scotland-based Trident programme and its planned replacement, joining calls for nuclear disarmament to be on the political agenda and in voters’ minds ahead of this spring’s General Election.

In this week’s SCO Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, said: “Pope John Paul II was an undoubted champion of nuclear disarmament, and developed a position and teaching on nuclear weapons that has got us to this point now. Nevertheless, we could say that John Paul was only a John the Baptist to Pope Benedict XVI, who has been stringent and utterly untiring in his call for nuclear disarmament.”

The cardinal added that: “Pope Benedict took advantage of his first message for the World Day for Peace, in January 2006, to point out the foolishness of a nuclear deterrence policy such as ours… Here is the great voice of our 21st century Faith calling the British nuclear deterrence policy baneful, just plain wrong.”

Those wishing to take part in tomorrow’s rally are asked to assemble at the Scottish Parliament at 11am, the march will begin at 11.30am and the rally will be held at the Grassmarket at 12.30pm. Transport has been arranged from different parts of the country and for more information on this and the event visit:

http://www.justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk/

http://www.scotland4peace.org/whats_on.htm

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