Two SNP activists giving the party a proverbial kicking in this week's edition of the Scottish Catholic Observer. Long time activists at that. One has resigned from the party after decades of campaigning for the cause of Scottish Independence. Hopefully, she will continue to do that outside the SNP.
There has been a lot of discussion on the standing of Catholics who vote for politicians who sit on the wrong side of the pro-life debate, and maybe in Scotland, wrongly in my opinion, this gay marriage legislation is in danger of becoming the new ballot box dilemma for Scottish Catholics.
Leaving aside the fact that the consultation was a shambles, the Scottish National Party is not the Catholic Church, and its politicians aren't elected to represent the views of the Church. No party does.
I do not expect the party to effect the doctrines of the Church with its secular mandate. If I did I wouldn't have waited for Gay Marriage legislation to throw my toys out of the pram, I would have done it when it buckled to the gay lobby on homosexual education material in our schools, or when it continued to recognise legalised abortions, or even any marriage outside the Church. On all these issues the party is equally at odds with the Church. All parties are.
Jings I could have thrown my support elsewhere when I first realised First Minister Alex Salmond had failed to sack his chauffeur sell his ministerial car and give the proceeds to the poor!
A Catholic who takes turns his back on any party because of policy being contrary to church teaching is well within his or her rights, but if they are to be consistent in their application of their religious standards into the political realm, then in the current climate it is likely they could not in good conscience vote for anyone at all.
It is right that the Catholic Church in Scotland has flexed its muscle on this issue, but that is not where we want Scottish Catholics to be either. Give to Ceasar what is Ceasar's and all that...