Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
The following letter has been sent today to Scotland’s First Minister by the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.
The Right Hon Alex Salmond MSP
20th September 2014
Dear First Minister,
You have announced your decision to step down as First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party.
On behalf of the Bishops Conference of Scotland, I want to acknowledge your long and outstanding career in politics, and your distinguished service as First Minister of Scotland. With good reason, you have been described as one of the most able and influential political leaders that Scotland and the United Kingdom has ever produced.
The Bishops are especially grateful for your recognition of the important place of religion and faith in Scotland, for your support of Catholic education as making its own distinctive contribution to the good of Scotland as a whole, and for your sensitivity to the issues around religious freedom which are emerging in our country as they are elsewhere. You have also shown real concern for those in our society who are less affluent and less fortunate. And of course, you have always been a wonderful champion and ambassador for Scotland at home and abroad. We hope that your political successors will be inspired by your example and continue to protect and promote these same values.
And lastly, we remain grateful for the support and assistance given by your government before and during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Scotland in 2010.
The Bishops Conference of Scotland wishes you every blessing and happiness in the future.
With my prayerful good wishes,
Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow
President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland