Monday, 23 August 2010

Kirk official backs Scottish Government decision to release Megrahi

[This is the headline over a report published today on the Ekklesia website. It reads in part:]

The Scottish government was right to release the Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing on compassionate grounds, an official of the Church of Scotland says.

"The principle behind the release of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi a year ago was right, compassion, and my views haven't changed since I welcomed his release on 20 August last year," the Rev Ian Galloway, convener of the Presbyterian denomination's church and society council, has told ENInews.

The spiritual leader of Roman Catholics in Scotland [Cardinal Keith O'Brien] has taken a similar stance, criticising the furore in the United States over the decision. (...)

The Catholic leader also backed the Scottish government's decision not to give evidence to American senators investigating Megrahi's release.

The similar opinions of a leading Church of Scotland figure reflect an overwhelming preference for mercy over vengeance among churches in Scotland, a commentator told Ekklesia.

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