Saturday, November 16, 2002

Catholics in Scotland are feeling increasingly under siege.

Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, is said to be shocked at the level of crime his priests have to deal with on a daily basis. He is also understood to have been taken aback by the levels of lawlessness in Glasgow since taking up his post in the city earlier this year. As well as attacks on priests, Conti highlighted sectarian violence and attacks on immigrants during a high-profile sermon at a police memorial service attended by Strathclyde Chief Constable Willie Rae. Archbishop Conti said during the sermon: "I know from my 200 interviews with Catholic priests of the archdiocese that there are many of their parishioners who are afraid of going out at night, and many, others, including priests, who are intimidated and disturbed in public and in their own homes."

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